DaHjaj Hol 110913 – anybody / something #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.

Today’s noun is a powerful word with a great deal of versatility. It’s vay’. V, A, Y, Apostrophe. vay’ means somebody or something, but it also means anybody or anything. A few examples would be useful right about now.

ghaytan vay’ HoHlaH vay’
likely, anybody could kill anyone

Qe’vo’ vay’ vItlhap
I took something from the restaurant

DaHjaj yatlhchoH vay’
today someone becomes pregnant

vay’ DaQoychugh yIHaw’
if you hear anything, flee!

A person may not know if Klingon is something that will capture their imagination until you actually pick up a copy of the dictionary and give it a try. It’s at that moment, as the possibilities begin to unfold, as the sheer pleasure of another language blossoms for you, that you begin to understand how language opens worlds. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


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