DaHjaj Hol 110522 – 2nd person singular subjects #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.

Nothing starts the week like reviewing verb prefixes. You know I’m right, so stop groaning and let’s get to it. As we’ve done for the past two Sunday’s, we’ll focus on a single person and number for the subject and walk through all the available person and number combination that we can apply to the object. Today the subject is second person singular, or you.

When the prefix is bI- the verb has no object.

you can breathe again

When the prefix is cho- the object is first person singular, or me.

you excite me


When the prefix is ju- the object is first person plural, or us.

tugh juSuvnIS
soon you will need to fight us


When the prefix is Da- the object is third person, and can be either singular, such as him, her, or it, or plural, as in them.

betleHwIj Datlhapbe’ ‘ach nuHmey Datu’ta’
you did not take my bat’leth, but you did find the weapons

Sometime, somewhere, you’ll find yourself in need of a particular verb prefix, probably one of the less commonly used ones. Your mind will go blank for a moment, and then you’ll pause and think back to one of these podcasts and ask yourself, “hey… what worlds did I open with language that day?” And then you’ll remember the right examples and the prefix will pop onto your tongue. You’re welcome. Oh, and one more thing… qo’mey poSmoH Hol.

no object me us you you (pl) him/her/it them
I jI- qa- Sa- vI- vI-
we ma- pI- re- wI- DI-
you bI- cho- ju- Da- Da-
you (pl) Su- tu- che- bo- bo-
he/she/it mu- nu- Du- lI-
they mu- nu- nI- lI- lu-


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.

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2 comments “DaHjaj Hol 110522 – 2nd person singular subjects #tlhIngan #tlh”

I’m back!

Sorry to be a pain, but I caught another error. It seems that our esteemed teacher has stated that this weeks prefix review will cover first person singular subject, but has labeled it as “you”. For anyone following along, please note that we are in fact covering “you”, but that it’s second person singular. This error occurs in both the written version and the audio podcast, so hopefully anyone who is listening is also reading along and checking any comments. Damn Fek’lhr!

Not a pain. I’m grateful for your diligence. This was an obvious error (and I can only assume that as I was writing my thoughts were leaping ahead to the first person object about to be discussed). But it’s fixed now!

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