DaHjaj Hol 110706 – then #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.

It’s another day of chuvmey my friends, and today’s is a special one. It’s vaj. V, A, J. vaj means then, and is most classically seen as part of an if/then structure with the –chugh suffix. Of course, you can use it in other situations too.

bIbolchugh vaj qaHoH
if you drool, then I will kill you

lojmIt vItu’DI’ vaj jInargh
when I find the door, then I’ll escape

romuluSngan luSuvpa’ novpu’ Hagh vaj ‘uQ luSop
before the aliens fought the Romulan, they laughed, then they ate dinner

One might, you know, use this word to practice all sorts of combinations of events, one thing happening followed by another. It could take your practice to a whole new world, not simply stringing nouns and verbs into phrases, but stacking them up in sequence, first this occurs, and then that does. All sorts of possibilities are opening up for you now. 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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One Response to “DaHjaj Hol 110706 – then #tlhIngan #tlh”

In the last sentence, I think you want ghIq (“then”, “subsequently”); vaj means “then” as in “thus”.

vaj toDDujDaj ngeHbej DIvI’.

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