DaHjaj Hol 110621 – door #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.

Today’s noun is as simple and concrete as they come. It’s lojmIt. L, O, J, M, Capital I, T. lojmit means door. Let’s open a few with some practice sentences:

lojmItmey lo’be’ veqlargh
the Fek’lhr does not use doors

rut potlhchu’ lojmIt
sometimes a door is clearly important

lojmIt DapoSmoHchugh ‘ellaH mughato’
if you open the door, a mugato can enter

It’s easy to talk about concrete things like doors, is it not? Common, every day things that are all around us seem simpler, even in an alien language. This is of course an illusion. Whether concrete or abstract, simple or complex, no word is easier than any other, not when taken as part of the larger language as a whole. Try using this new and seemingly simple word in complicated ways. Use it as a metaphor. Use it to describe ideas that don’t normally involve doors. Use it as a door to open worlds. In short, use it as language itself. 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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