DaHjaj Hol 110908 – don’t / won’t #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.

I’ve already introduced you to –be’ and –qu’, two of the four verb suffixes in Klingon that comprise the type we call Rovers. The other two, despite the name of the Type, don’t actually rove. We’ll be talking about one of them today. It’s –Qo’. Capital Q, O, Apostrophe. –Qo’ is a negative suffix, like –be’, but it is only used on imperative verbs, or to denote refusal. As such, it carries the meaning of don’t or won’t. But there’s more. It always occurs after all the other sufixes on the verb, unless the verb has a Type 9 suffix, which then follows –Qo’. Confused? You won’t be after listening to these examples.

don’t kill me!

bImejQo’chugh jInarghlaHbe’
if you refuse to leave, I cannot escape

chomvetlh HIqqoq yItlhutlhQo’
don’t drink that bartender’s so-called ale

romulusnganmo’ muvoqQo’ HoD
because of the Romulan, the captain won’t trust me

Ambassador Spock once told me, “Klingon is the fastest growing language in the galaxy.” I negleted to ask him how he knew that, but that’s the sort of thing that happens when you’re talking to someone like that. Which is why we’re here now, you know, you and I. We’re doing our part to make sure that Spock isn’t a liar. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


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