DaHjaj Hol 110427 – usually #tlhIngan #tlh

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Hello, and welcome. You’re listening to DaHjaj Hol, your daily dose of Klingon language. I’m your host, Lawrence Schoen.

Many of the chuvmey we’ve seen this year provide commentary on the way things happen. Always and never and frequently and sometimes, to name just a few. Today let’s learn how to describe what we can expect to have happen.

motlh means usually or typically. M, O, TLH. motlh. Here are some examples:

motlh nIQ vISopbe’
I usually don’t eat breakfast

motlh mu’mey wIqawlaH
usually we can remember the words

DaHjaj jIHIvchoH ‘ach motlh jIHub
today I’m going to attack, but usually I defend

motlh cheSIgh ‘ach DaH revoqbe’
usually y’all influence us, but now we don’t trust you guys

Sooner or later you’ll find yourself dreaming in Klingon. When you wake up, you’re going to remember you did this, and your first question will be were you really using Klingon in your dreams, or were you only dreaming that you were using Klingon. That’s going to nag at you, but only until it happens again, and trust me, it will happen again. Once language forces open the world of dreams, there’s no going back. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


Today’s podcast is brought to you by the 18th annual summer conference of the Klingon Language Institute (aka the qep’a’ wa’maH chorghDIch) which runs from Sunday morning on August 14th through late evening Tuesday, August 16th. The following day, Wednesday, August 17th, is the official beginning of the 69th annual World Science Fiction Convention, conveniently taking place right there in Reno, Nevada!

Back to the qep’a’: This year, we’ll be splitting the conference into two parts:

Part One will be the usual blend of fellowship, curse warfare, singing, story-telling, and assorted language challenges as we’ve enjoyed for the past seventeen years, and will run from Sunday through Monday. We’ll begin in a meeting room at the Hyatt Place Reno-Tahoe Airport Hotel for Sunday and Monday, and on Tuesday morning we’ll move to larger function space over at Reno’s convention center (courtesy of Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention).

Part Two will begin at noon on Tuesday, and consist of various introductory lessons and explanations intended for newbies, beginners, and visitors dressed in Federation pajamas (or other noncombatants). Klingon grammarians will be on hand to help newcomers (not to be confused with linguistic “fresh meat!”) learn the basics of Klingon and use it to chat, sing, play games, and insult one another.

Full details can be found at http://www.speakklingon.info/

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