DaHjaj Hol 110725 – be brave #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.

We’ve come to the last Monday in July, and the verb I have for you is a common one in the Klingon language. It’s yoH. Y, O, Capital H. yoH means be brave. Sounds simple, right?

bIyoHchugh vaj SoSwI’ qagh DaSopvIpbe’
if you are brave, then you are not afraid to eat my mother’s serpent worms

mIl’oD yoH law’ mughato’ yoH puS
the sabre bear is braver than the mugato

yoHmo’ vIvuv ‘ach vIvuvmo’ yoHchoH
I respect him because he is brave, but he became brave because I respect him

Can you really enjoy speaking a language that few people even know exist? Can you take pleasure in a command of grammatical rules that you’ve mastered as an intellectual hobby? Can you really enjoy the growing fluency that comes from daily practice and opening worlds through language? The real question isn’t “if,” but rather, how much will you allow yourself to enjoy these things. And that’s entirely up to you. 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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