DaHjaj Hol 110710 – objectless 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.

Today’s the day we finish off the prefix chart. I’ll have to come up with something else to talk with you about on Sundays starting next week, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Today’s prefix is pe- and is used when you’re issuing a directive to more than one person (i.e., second person plural), and the verb has no object. That’s P, E. pe-.

DaH peHegh
die now!

Sughungmo’ peSop
because you are hungry, eat!

HoD wIvuvmeH pe’eq
in order for us to respect the captain, be early!

Now that we’ve covered all the prefixes, will you spend time practicing them one at a time, sentence after sentence, or jumble them by the person and number of the subject, or by the object? Will you alternate practicing the standard prefixes with the imperative prefixes, or go through them in the same order you were introduced to them with? There’s no wrong way to review, as long as you put in the time working on them. 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-


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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