DaHjaj Hol 110619 – first person plural commands #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.

We’ve worked through all the regular verb prefixes, and now I think it’s time we start to take a look at the imperative prefixes. These are what you use when you want to give a command or order. The subject is always second person, singular or plural, which is to say you. The object can be singular or plural, first or third person. Or there might be no object at all.

Today we’ll look at the imperative prefix HI-. That’s Capital H, Capital I. Use HI- when the object if first person, both for singular, that is, me, and for plural, or us. A verb with HI- as the prefix is a command to me or us.

respect me

nuHIV romuluSnganpu’ HIHub
if the Romulans attack us, defend us

chovoqlaHbe’ HIHoH
if you cannot trust me, kill me

You might not have noticed how often you’ve wanted to be able give commands. It’s a part of the language that you’ve not yet explored. I encourage you to do so now, and see what kinds of worlds of imperatives you can open. 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-
you yI- HI- gho- yI- tI-
you (pl) pe- HI- gho- yI- tI-


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