DaHjaj Hol 110628 – mind and genius #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.

Because today is the last Noun Day of the month, I’m going to give you two nouns! Exciting stuff, right? The first noun is yab. Y, A, B. yab means mind or brain. Depending on how good your yab is, you may qualify for our second noun, which is wIgh. W, Capital I, GH. wIgh means genius. Let’s try them with some examples.

yabwIj vuv wIgh
a genius respects my mind

wIgh HoHmo’ mughato’ yab Sop mughato’
because it killed a genius, the mugato ate the brain

wIgh Darur ‘ach qanchugh yablIj bIQaplaHbe’
you resemble a genius, but if your mind is old you cannot succeed

Try to resist the urge to rush right out and use these words several dozen different ways today. Start simply, take your time, and build. Ask yourself what kind of mind should a language warrior possess? What kind of worlds could a genius of Klingon open up? And then, decide to find out the answers. 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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