DaHjaj Hol 110602 – perfectly and obviously #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.

Up to now, we haven’t talked about any of the Type 6 verb suffixes. These are suffixes of quality, and provide commentary regarding the state of being or action performed. Today I’ll introduce you to two of these suffixes. The first is –chu’. That’s CH, U, Apostrophe. Adding –chu’ to the verb indicates that it was performed clearly or perfectly. Compare this to another Type 6 suffix, -ba’. B, A, Apostrophe. Using –ba’ marks the action or state of the verb as occuring obviously. These suffixes allow you to comment on the quality of the verb itself.

betleHwIj vIlo’mo’ vIHIvchu’
because I used my bat’leth, I attacked him perfectly

‘upba’chugh megh DaSopnIsbe’
if lunch is obviously disgusting, you do not need to eat it

wIHoHba’ ‘ach Heghchu’a’
we obviously killed her, but did she clearly die?

qanchu’chugh paq chovoqnISba’
if the book is clearly old, you need to obviously trust me

When you find yourself spontaneously coming up with sentences in Klingon, whether you’re doing so clearly or obviously or just barely, then you’ll know that the language has really gotten into your head. From there, it’s just a short time before it starts opening up new worlds for you. 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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