DaHjaj Hol 110523 – salute #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.

Rank is very important in Klingon society, and showing proper respect to those above you is probably good for your health. In that spirit, today’s verb is van. That’s V, A, N. van means salute. So, snap to attention and listen to these examples:

nom HoD DavannIS
you need to salute the captain quickly

tlhInganpu’ DIvuvmo’ reH mavan
because we respect Klingons, we always salute

chovanbe’chugh tugh qaHoH
if you do not salute me, soon I will kill you

qoHpu’ vanmeH bemwIj vIlo’
for saluting fools, I use the sole of my foot


A person may acquire linguistic prowess, not because of any innate talent or skill with language, but because of a basic desire to speak the language. The desire to open worlds is all the ability you need to achieve it. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


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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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2 comments “DaHjaj Hol 110523 – salute #tlhIngan #tlh”

This may or may not be important. If anyone is using just the written posts, then it may prove necessary. The third example appears to have been the victim of a copy/paste error which inserted “rong>” at the end of the sentence. It’s nothing that appears in the audio podcast, so no worries there.

Thanks. This was a style tag that apparently went astray. Fixed.


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