DaHjaj Hol 110429 – early / late #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.

Today’s selection is a pair of verbs from Marc Okrand’s Klingon for the Galactic Traveler. They are ‘eq and paS. ‘eq, spelled Apostrophe, E, Lowercase Q, means be early. And, as you might expect, paS, spelled P, A, Capital S, means be late. Here are some timely examples of how you might use them.

not ‘eq la’
the commander is never early

paSmo’ vavlI’ SuvlaHbe’
because your father is late, he cannot fight

chom ‘eq law’ jabwI’ ‘eq puS ‘ach paSqu’ romuluSngan
the bartender is earlier than the waiter, but the Romulan is very late

One could let the vocabulary of each day’s podcast embed itself very deeply in your understanding of Klingon, because you may not be completely aware of how your unconscious mind assembles the pieces while you go about your daily life. Ironically perhaps, there’s no “early” or “late” when it comes to building comprehension. One day, it simply happens. You go from being where you’ve always been, to suddenly having new worlds open to you by the language. 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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