DaHjaj Hol 110814 – ten, hundred, thousand #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.

Let’s finish off our brief tour of Klingon numbers. Today we’ll cover higher ranks of numbers, such as ten, hundred, and thousand.

The word for ten is wa’maH. W, A, Apostrophe, M, A, Capital H. wa’maH.

What you might notice there is that the first syllable contains the word for one. maH actually represents the idea of the tens place, so wa’maH is more literally one ten. Higher numbers all work this way.

Thus, for purposes of describing higher numbers maH means ten. Simlarly, the word for hundred is vatlh. V, A, TLH. vatlh, while the word for thousand has two variants: SaD, Capital S, A, Capital D, or the equally acceptable SanID, Capital S, A, N, Capital I, Capital D.

A few simple examples will illustrate how to combine these units into larger numbers:

wa’maH chorgh HIqmey vItlhutlhta’
I drank eighteen ales

meghwIj DaSoppa’ cha’SanID vaghvatlh Hut romuluSnganpu’ DaSuv
before you ate your lunch, you fought two thousand five hundred and nine Romulans

cha’maH cha’logh vavlI’ wIHoHpu’
we killed your father twenty-two times

wejvatlhDIch meqlIj vIQoybe’
I did not hear your three hundredth reason

I’m wondering if you’ll start to include more numbers in your daily Klingon practice, or not. There’s a feeling of specificity that comes along when you begin counting in language. It changes the way you look at things, and that in turn changes the way you think about them. Numbers give you access to a whole new world of thought. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


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