DaHjaj Hol 110623 – honorific #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 suffix is very special. It’s a Type 8 verb suffix. Or, more accurately, it’s the only Type 8 verb suffix. You heard me correctly, this class of verb suffixes has only a single member. It’s –neS. That’s N, E, Capital S. –neS is an honorific, and you tack it on to the end of a verb when you are speaking to someone and wish to convey your deference or respect. You’d certainly use this when speaking to the Emperor, but might also use it to show respect to a superior, an elder, a teacher, or most anyone you wish to grovel before (not that Klingons grovel, mind you). Translations of this suffix always sound a little odd to English speakers; probably because we don’t have this kind of phenomenon. As such, don’t worry too much about the literalness of the translation, and instead understand the intention, which is to be formal and polite.

I am honored to be able to hear you

do me the honor of trusting me

are you ready to kill me, your honor?

I’m wondering if you’ll start using this suffix to expand the range of people you speak Klingon with, … or not. If you do, not only will you be increasing your practice, but you’ll be extending the levels of language at your command. That too will open new worlds for you. 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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