DaHjaj Hol 110729 – right / privilege #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.

So, it’s the last Friday in July. To celebrate, let’s take a noun from the Marc Okrand’s Klingon for the Galactic Traveler. I think a good choice for today is DIb. Capital D, Capital I, B. DIb means right, or privilege. Yes, it’s true, even Klingons have rights and privileges. Here are some examples.

DIbmey DaSoplaHbe’
you cannot eat privilegees

HoD DIbmo’ chechqu’choH
because of the Captain’s right, he has become very drunk

chavmey vIvuv ‘ach potlhtaH DIbmey
I respect achievements, but rights continue to be important

How would it feel if you had the right to use Klingon with all of your friends and associates? Can you imagine speaking to everyone you know in the warriors’ tongue? How might it change the way you think about the language? Maybe you can’t actually do this, but just imagine it for a time. So much of learning begins with imagination. 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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