DaHjaj Hol 110615 – and #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 want to introduce you to a conjuction today. Conjunctions link things together. Some conjunctions link nouns, and other conjunctions link sentences. In Klingon, conjunctions are another variety of chuvmey.

Today’s conjunction is je. J, E. je links two or more nouns, and means and, as in A and B. Klingon word order is different than with English; the two nouns that are to be linked come one right after the other and are then followed by je. Like so:

Hegh vavlI’ SoSlI’ je
your mother and your father are dead

tlhoy qa’vIn HIq je DItlhutlh
we drank too much coffee and ale

narghchugh chom jabwI’ je ghaytan qaHoHchoH
if the bartender and the waiter escape, I will likely kill you

I wouldn’t tell you that learning conjunctions will completely transform what you can say and do in Klingon and cause the language to open up for you, because not everyone has that experience. But many do. And you might too. Let me know, okay? 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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