DaHjaj Hol 110731 – four, five, six #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’ll be returning to our discussion of numbers. Last week I gave you the numbers one through three. Let’s add to that, shall we?

loS means four. L, O, Capital S. loS.

The word for five is vagh. V, A, GH. vagh.

And the word for six is jav. J, A, V. jav.

Klingon also has some suffixes that only seem to be applied to numbers. One of these suffixes is –DIch. That’s Capital D, Capital I, CH. –DIch is used to indicate that a number is ordinal. If that sounds confusing, a few examples will make it crystal clear.

jav’Hu’ romuluSnganwI’ wa’DIch vIHoH
six days ago I killed my first Romulan

mughato’ vaghDIch wImaS
we prefer the fifth mugato

ghaytan be’nalwI’ loSDIch Daghombe’
likely you did not meet my fourth wife

Kahless said, “It does not matter if you finish first, or last, so long as you finish. But if you’re going to finish anyway, be sure to finish first.” I think that’s what he said. For someone who was so unforgettable, it’s amazing how hard it is to remember what he said. Of course, as a native speaker of Klingon, he had to learn other languages when he wanted to open worlds. 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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