DaHjaj Hol 110703 – third person plural commands #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.

Let’s have another round of imperative prefixes. Today I want to look at tI-. T, Capital I. Use tI- when the object of your command is third person plural, or them. As with all imperative prefixes, the subject is second person, or you. With tI- it doesn’t matter if that subject is singular or plural, the same prefix works for both second person subjects. Handy, right?

kill them now!

reH SoSlI’ vavlI’ je tIqaw
always remember your mother and father!

jIpaSchugh romuluSnganpu’ tISuv
if I am late, fight the Romulans!

I’m wondering if you’ll practice this and the other imperative prefixes thoroughly,… or not. It’s easy to think you’ve mastered them, but then all too easily you mix up which one takes a singular first person object and which a singular third person object. They’re so similar, just a consonant difference in the language. So you can understand why I might wonder if you’ll practice them thoroughly. I want you to be able to use them to open worlds. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.

no object me us you you (pl) him/her/it them
I jI- qa- Sa- vI- vI-
we ma- pI- re- wI- DI-
you bI- cho- ju- Da- Da-
you (pl) Su- tu- che- bo- bo-
he/she/it mu- nu- Du- lI-
they mu- nu- nI- lI- lu-
you yI- HI- gho- yI- tI-
you (pl) pe- HI- gho- yI- tI-


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