DaHjaj Hol 110724 – one, two, three #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.

Over the course of the next few Sundays, we’re going to talk about numbers. We’ll start with the numbers one through three, and then we’ll tie this in with a couple other words you already know.

wa’ means one. W, A, Apostrophe. wa’.

The word for two is cha’. CH, A, Apostrophe. cha’.

And the word for three is wej. W, E, J. wej.

Now, think back on the words you learned a few weeks ago for yesterday and tomorrow. They were wa’Hu’ and wa’leS, respectively. Right about now you might be realizing that the first syllable of each word is indeed the Klingon word for one, and you can think of the words as really meaning something like one day ago and one day from now.

Numbers are used as nouns, and so you can stack them using that same N1 N2 construction we discussed last Sunday. Let’s try that:

wej’Hu’ cha’ mughato’mey vIHoH
three days ago, I killed two mugatos

cha’leS ghaytan wej romuluSnganpu’ DISuv
the day after tomorrow, we will likely fight three Romulans

wej HIqmey DatlhutlhvIpchugh qavuvlaHbe’
if you are afraid to drink three ales, I cannot respect you

You may not know how well you understand Klingon until you find yourself knowing it quite well indeed. That statement may sound completely contradictory, but language is like that sometimes. It’s a forest-for-the-trees kind of thing. Or, as I like to think of it, a world-opening kind of thing. 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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