DaHjaj Hol 110603 – déjà vu #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.

You’ve made it to through to the first Friday in June. Well done. As a reward, I have a special word for you, taken from the pages of Marc Okrand’s Klingon for the Galactice Traveler. The word is a noun. It’s nIbpoH. N, Capital I, B, P, O, Capital H. nIbpoH is the Klingon word for feeling that you’ve dones something before, even when you know you haven’t. You might know this as déjà vu. You might know this as déjà vu.

nIbpoHmo’ bIbep’a’
are you complaining because of déjà vu?

motlh nIbpoH vuvbe’ mughato’mey
usually, mugatos do not resepct déjà vu

muSeymoHqa’be’ nIbpoH
déjà vu did not excite me again

I don’t know how much use you’ll have for the Klingon version of déjà vu, but that sensation is a part of the new ideas and understandings that language can open up for you. That’s what I mean when I talk about language opening up worlds. It’s new and familiar, both at the same time. 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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2 comments “DaHjaj Hol 110603 – déjà vu #tlhIngan #tlh”

Technically it should be luvuvbe’, but KGT makes it clear that the lu- is often omitted.

You’re absolutely right!

lu- is one of those verbal prefixes that continues to evade me.

HIvqa’ veqlargh

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