DaHjaj Hol 110526 – on purpose #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 the last Thursday in May, and it is my deliberate intention to share another bit of chuvmey with you. This is not an accident, but the result of much forethought and careful planning. Today’s word is chIch. CH, Capital I, CH. chIch means on purpose or purposely. As a side note, this is a great opportunity for you to practice using the Type 7 verb suffix –ta’ (though not on chIch of course). Let’s go over a few examples.

chIch bImejbe’ta’
you purposely did not leave

chIch ma’elchugh maSuvnIS
if we enter on purpose, we will need to fight

bong SoSlI’ vIHoH ‘ach chIch vavlI’ vIHoHta’
I accidentally killed your mother, but I purposely killed your father

Sooner or later you’ll realize how much Klingon you’ve already internalized. One day it will just be there, will have been there all along, bits of linguistic understanding that snuck in when you weren’t looking. Your unconscious mind will have sorted the language out, begun using it to open all sorts of worlds, but politely kept this all to itself. Yeah, sooner or later you’ll realize that it’s been there waiting for you for a while now. 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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