DaHjaj Hol 110610 – gouge #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.

And so we turn again to the pages of Marc Okrand’s Klingon for the Galactic Traveler for a bonus word. This week it’s a verb. nan. N, A, N. nan means gouge. Oh, the fun you can have with this word.

Dunan’a’ mughato’
did the mugato gouge you?

not bep nanwI’
the gouger never complains

bIHaghchugh mInwIj vInanchoH
if you laugh, I will gouge your eye

Maybe you haven’t mastered all the vocabulary we’ve gone through, yet. Or perhaps you have, on an unconscious level, but you don’t realize it. It could all be there, lurking in your mind, just waiting to surface. Language is like that. Sneaky stuff. You don’t get to open worlds without being sneaky sometimes. 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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