DaHjaj Hol 110707 – continuous #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 have another of those delightful Type 7 verb suffixes for you today. You know, the ones that deal with the Klingon grammatical concept of aspect. Today’s suffix is –taH. T, A, Capital H. Use –taH to convey that the verb’s action or state is ongoing or continuous. Note, this has nothing to do with tense. An action can be continuous in the past, or will continue to happen in the future. All we care about when we use this suffix is that the verb is not stopping, and that it’s been going on prior to our mention of it.

vavwI’mo’ jItuHtaH
because of my father, I’m ashamed

reH romuluSnganpu’ wISuvtaH
we’re always fighting the Romulans.

Heghpa’ tlhuHtaH
before he died, he was breathing

I don’t know if you’ll enjoy the possibilities this new suffix provides. I don’t know if you’ll practice it in contrast to the other Type 7 suffixes we’ve already covered. I don’t know how soon you’ll find the language opening up for you in ways that delight. Only you know those things. 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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