DaHjaj Hol 110704 – meet #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.

In the United States, where many of this podcast’s listeners live, today’s a national holiday. Feel free to celebrate, but let’s do so using Klingon. And I have the perfect verb for the ocassion because most of us don’t celebrate alone. We seek out other people. And so we have ghom. GH, O, M. ghom means meet.

tagha’ HoD wIghomta’
we finally met the captain

chom vIghombe’ vIHoHpa’
I did not meet the bartender before I killed her

romuluSnganpu’ Daghomchugh tItIch
if you meet Romulans, insult them!

reH novpu’ vIghomDI’ jItlhuHlaHbe’
Always when I meet aliens, I cannot breathe

You don’t have to practice every day to learn the language. Everyone of us has different skills, varying levels of ability and insights and talents. Some people breeze through school and never study. Of course, I always wonder what those folk might have achieved if they had. What worlds they might have opened, assuming they were studying (or not) a language, like you are. 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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