DaHjaj Hol 110726 – battle #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.

From what we know about Klingons, they seem to spend a lot of time fighting. Not surprisingly, we have a lot of vocabulary that reflects this. Today’s noun is may’. M, A, Y, Apostrophe. may’ means battle. How about some sample sentences?

wej may’mey Suvpu’ chompu’
the bartenders fought three battles

yIHmeymo’ Dat may’mey DItu’
because of tribbles, we find battles everywhere

ghoghlIj vIQoylaHbe’chugh mu’mey may’ DaQaplaHbe’
if I cannot hear your voice, you cannot win the battle of words

You probably already know many ways to practice new vocabulary, but I wonder how often you actually avail yourself of that knowledge. Take a moment now to reflect on the different ways you might choose to expand your skills. I’m not saying you have to use them just now, but go ahead and review your options. After all, there’s more than one way to open worlds with language. 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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