DaHjaj Hol 110816 – fire #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.

As you listen to this podcast today, people are gathering in a small room at the Reno convention center. Klingon grammarians are meeting complete beginners, people who have much less language than you do. One of the words they’ll be using is today’s noun. It’s qul. Lowercase Q, U, L. qul is one of the easiest words to remember because it’s one of Okrand’s puns. qul means fire.

tujqu’ qul
the fire is very hot

qul regh novvetlh ‘ach qul tlhuH novvam
that alien bleeds fire but this alien breathes fire

bIrchugh qul vaj meQbe’
if the fire was cold, then it wouldn’t burn


It’s easy to make up simple sentences, is it not? You have a large collection of nouns and verbs at your disposal, and you can combine them with reasonable facility now. Admittedly, the combinations may not always make logical sense, but they’re perfectly grammatical, and you can refine them with chuvmy, as well as by adding prefixes and suffixes here and there. At one level, that’s really all there is to this whole language thing. And you can do it. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.

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