DaHjaj Hol 110617 – grasp #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.

It’s time once more for a visit to Marc Okrand’s Klingon for the Galactic Traveler, and an exciting new verb. That verb is ‘uch. Apostrophe, U, CH. ‘uch means hold, or grasp. Sounds simple enough, right?

bemwIj vI’uchchugh jI’oy’choH
if I hold the sole of my foot, I start to ache

betleH Da’uchlaHDI’ SuvwI’ Damoj
you become a warrior when you can grasp a bat’leth

maQappa’ yIH wI’uchnIS
before we succeed, we need to grasp a tribble

One might, you know, hold onto all sorts of things. Weapons, tools, animals, people, food and drink, and most anything that’s a noun. More conceptually though, we’re interested in you grasping ideas and concepts, applications of grammar and situations of language. Of course, these are tools too, but you knew that, you’ve been using them to open worlds. 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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