DaHjaj Hol 110712 – serpent worms #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.

July is a perfect time for having a picnic. And what better food could one expect to find at a picnic than serpent worms? Though frequently mispronounced by Terrans as gagh or gakh, the Klingon word for serpent worms is actually qagh. Lowercase Q, A, GH.

qagh Sopbe’ mI’loDmey
sabre bears don’t eat serpent worms

tlhoy qagh Sopmo’ Hegh HoD
because he ate too much serpent worm, the captain died

charbe’ ‘ach ‘upqu’ qaghlIj
they weren’t slimy, but your serpent worms were very disgusting

Eventually, all things come to pass. Those aspects of the language that resist your efforts today will one day be trivially easy. Eventually, your command of the language will open worlds you haven’t begun to imagine yet. You may not be there now, but eventually you will be. 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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