DaHjaj Hol 110701 – entrap #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.

Wow. Looking over my shoulder I see six months of daily Klingon podcasts. I don’t know which of us is more stunned. Let’s start off this second half of the year with a verb from Marc Okrand’s Klingon for the Galactic Travler. That verb is von. V, O, N. von means trap or entrap. It’s a stealthy word, as you can imagine.

jI’ojmo’ chom wIvonnIS
because I am thirsty, we need to trap a bartender

chovonlaHpa’ jInarghta’
before you could entrap me, I escaped

pIj yIHmey vonmeH ‘Iw lo’ romuluSngan
for trapping tribbles, the Romulan frequently uses blood

If you know that you’ve learned a word, then you know it. You may not always be able to recall it, or to use it as effectively as you might like, but it’s in there. You have the language in your head, it just hasn’t become as accessible as you’d like. But it is in there. The way to bring it out is to practice. Sometimes attempting to open worlds is how you get the 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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