DaHjaj Hol 110627 – be ashamed #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’m still reeling from yesterday’s correction of the week before. And while I’ve stated a replacement proverb, my face is nonetheless still red. But we can use that to good advantage with today’s verb. It’s tuH. T, U, Capital H. tuH means be ashamed.

bIQapbe’mo’ bItuH
because you did not win, you are ashamed

Dujvo’ ‘elDI’ romuluSngan matuHchoH
when the Romulan entered from the ship, we were ashamed

mutuHmoHta’ vavwI’ SoSwI’ joq
my mother and/or father deliberately shamed me

A person is able to recover from any mistake, though they may be the last one to realize it. Everyone who has studied this or any other language has had times where something didn’t click, or make sense, or fall into place. Sometimes the problem is short-lived, sometimes it persists until we find a way to work through it. And when we do, we are stronger for having made the error. I’m not saying go out of your way to screw up, but if you make a mistake, embrace it, and use it to grow. Every part of your language study moves you forward, even the glitches. 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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