DaHjaj Hol 110609 – intended for #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.

I think for today you need a new noun suffix. In fact, let’s talk about a whole new category, the Type 5 noun suffixes. Like their kin, the Type 9 verb suffixes, Type 5 noun suffixes are often thought of as a category of grammatical markers, because when a noun carries a Type 5 suffix, it’s not going to be used as either the subject or the object of the sentence. Instead, it tells us something else about what’s going on.

Today’s suffix is –vaD. V, A, Capital D. –vaD means intended for, and marks the noun as a beneficiary of the action, but not its direct object.

HoDvaD mughato vIHoHta’
I killed the mugato for the captain

be’nalwI’vaD qa’vIn Datlhap
you took the coffee for my wife

HIqvaD paq tu’nIS chom
the bartender needs to find the book for the ale

You may or may not find yourself thinking of ways to use this new suffix as you go about your day. But if by chance you do, reflect on how much it expands the things you can say, and the way you can use the language. You might even realize the new worlds that are opening up 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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