DaHjaj Hol 110718 – choose #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 just happen to have a verb for you today, and it was an easy choice. It’s wIv. W, Capital I, V. wIv means choose. Pretty, clever, huh?

nom wIv qoHpu’
fools choose quickly

wa’leS HoHwI’wI’ DawIv
tomorrow you will choose my killer

qawIvchugh chovuvbe’
if I choose you, you will not respect me

nuv vIHoHpa’ nuH vIwIvnIS
before I kill the alien, I need to choose a weapon

People can, you know, choose to learn a constructed language for many different reasons. And none of us are fit to judge or truly have an opinion as to the validity of any of those reasons. As with any action in our lives, the most important part is to make a choice. If language is to open worlds for you, it will happen because you have chosen to make it so. 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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