DaHjaj Hol 110727 – and (for sentences) #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 bit of chuvmey is the sentence version of one of the conjuctions we’ve already talked about. It’s ‘ej. Apostrophe, E, J. ‘ej means and when used to conjoin two sentences. It’s a very simple construction: just place ‘ej between your two sentences, and stand back.

qID nov ‘ej jIHagh
the alien told a joke, and I laughed

HoD vISuv ‘ej munan ‘ach jIHeghbe’
I fought the captain, and he gouged me, but I did not die

nItebHa’ mabomchugh ‘ej bItuHbe’chugh chowIv’a’
if we sing together and if you are not ashamed, will you choose me?

Sooner or later you’ll find yourself speaking in whole paragraphs. You remember starting with simple object-verb-subject statements, and adding subordinate and relative clauses, and now you’re creating ever longer and more complex sentences. You’re telling stories in an alien language. You’re opening worlds of description with the words you select and place one after another. You’re speaking like a warrior. 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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