DaHjaj Hol 110605 – 3rd 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.

Once more we’re going to review an assortment of Klingon verb prefixes that all share the same person and number in the subject but differ with respect to the person and number of the object. Today’s subject is third person singular, which is to say he, or she, or it.

When the verb has no object, there is no prefix, simply use the verb. Wow, that’s easy!

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

he starts attacking me

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

she doesn’t need to salute us

When the prefix is Du- the object is second person singular, or you.

motlh DuHoHchu’ betleH
usually the bat’leth clearly kills you

When the prefix is lI- the object is second person plural, or y’all or youse guys.

tugh lItIch romuluSngan
soon the Romulan will insult all of you

There you have them, four of the most commonly used verb prefixes in the Klingon language. Just imagine all the worlds you’ll be able to open with them! Now go out and practice each of them a dozen different ways today. And when you’ve done that, do another dozen for each. And when you’ve done that? C’mon, what do you think a language warrior would do next? Hmmm? 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.

Full details can be found at http://www.speakklingon.info/

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One Response to “DaHjaj Hol 110605 – 3rd person singular subjects #tlhIngan #tlh”

And I was just wnoedinrg about that too!

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