DaHjaj Hol 110702 – shame and honor #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 know what you’re thinking. You’re wondering what today’s proverb is. You’re imagining that, because we’re now halfway through the calendar year, it’s going to be something deep and profound and lifechanging. Well… it’s all very subjective, but let’s get to it so you can decide for yourself. Here is this week’s proverb:

bItuHlaHbe’chugh bIquvlaHbe’
if you cannot be shamed, you cannot be honored

I’m wondering if you can be honored. Can you admit, whether to me or simply to yourself, where you’ve slacked off, taken it easy, decided to not give it your best effort? Understand that honor is not a function of perfection. None of us are perfect, nor should we wish to be. There is no honor in perfection. We learn and grow by our mistakes, by acknowledging them, accepting them, and choosing to do better. Don’t bother with a language of perfection. Strive instead for a language of excellence. It’s a critical distinction. That’s the kind of honor that will allow you to open worlds. 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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