DaHjaj Hol 110519 – definite and so-called #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.

It’s been a while since I’ve shared any noun suffixes with you, so let’s do that now. Today’s suffixes are both Type 3, and they reveal the speaker’s assessment or opinion of the noun they modify. The first is –qoq. That’s Lowercase Q, O, Lowercase Q. –qoq conveys the meaning of so-called. This is quite distinct from –na’, N, A, Apostrophe. –na’ indicates that the noun it modifies is definitely the real deal. Using these suffixes affords you a new level of subtlety that doesn’t always translate smoothly into English.

ghem rur meghqoqvam
this so-called lunch resembles a midnight snack

HIqna’mo’ jIchechqu’choH
because of that true ale, I became very drunk

nuHqoqmey lo’ romuluSnganpu’ ‘ach SuvmeH nuHna’ lo’nIS tlhIngan
Romulans use so-called weapons, but for fighting a Klingon needs to use a definite weapon

What happens when you decide you really want to be able to speak Klingon? Some internal process kicks in. You make some choices, pass on others, reallocate time and resources, interest and focus. And somewhere along the way the language stops being a goal in itself, but the process to something else. That’s when you start opening worlds. 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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