DaHjaj Hol 110713 – together #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 choice of chuvmey comes from a somewhat obscure source, a poster of a Klingon Bird of Prey. There was quite a bit of Klingon text on this poster, and as it was provided Dr. Marc Okrand, it is considered canonical. And so we have, nItebHa’. N, Capital I, T, E, B, Capital H, A, Apostrophe. nItebHa’ means together. Use it much as you would use the word nIteb alone, though obviously with the different meaning.

nItebHa’ romuluSnganpu’ DIHIvnIS
we need to attack the Romulans together

nItebHa’ ‘elpu’ vavwI’ SoSwI’ je
my father and mother entered together

nIteb jIQapbe’ ‘ach nItebHa’ malujlaHbe’
alone I won’t succeed, but together we cannot lose

Maybe you haven’t begun to dream in Klingon, yet, but it will happen. You’ll wake up one morning with the sudden realization that in your dreams you were speaking Klingon. It’s a surreal moment the first time, but it’s your unconscious mind telling you you’re opening worlds. 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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