DaHjaj Hol 110916 – burst into song – #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.

Once again we end our work week with a visit to Marc Okrand’s Klingon for the Galactic Traveler and a special new word. Today it’s the verb wup. W, U, P, wup means burst into song. Sounds like a fun thing for a Friday, doesn’t it? Let’s try it out with some practice sentences:

bImonDI’ jIwup
when you smiled, I burst into song

jaghpu’ma’ DIHoHtaHvIS ghaytan mawup
while we are killing our enemies we are likely to burst into song

not bom romuluSnganpu’ ‘ach rut wup tlhInganpu’
Romulans never sing, but sometimes Klingons burst into song

You can speak Klingon with ease any time you like, because you choose to do so. Despite what you may have previously been told, learned at your mother’s knee, or discerned from the voices of authority that have guided you so far in your life, at the end of the day most everything that you experience is the direct consequence of a choice you have made. So, if you want to see how language opens worlds, all you need to do is make that choice, and let your life unfold accordingly. No more excuses, it’s all on you now. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


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