DaHjaj Hol 110925 – Rich’s favorite #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 you get the treat of another guest interview recorded live during last month’s qep’a’ wa’maH chorghDIch, the 18th annual Klingon Language Conference, and another glimpse into the mind of yet another Klingon speaker.

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LS: We have a very special treat for you today. Rich Yampell, also known as HoD Qanqor HoD, is with us here at the qep’a’, a pre-eminent Klingon speaker who will now share with you his favorite word in Klingon.

RY: It’s almost impossible for me to pick one favorite word…

LS: And yet you will!

RY: I can narrow it down to about three…

LS: One word, sorry, we’re almost out of time!

RY: (laughing) Well, I will pick from amongst—

LS: (interrupting) Thank you so much, that has been Rich Yampell—oh, wait, the engineer is signaling me, we have time for one more word… Your favorite word please?

RY: What difference does it make, as soon as I say it you’re going to go “WRONG!” (laughs)

LS: And that too will be instructive for the folks listening at home.

RY: All right, after careful consideration, from amongst my three favorites, I have picked the word ‘e’.

LS: Would you spell that please?

RY: Apostrophe, E, Apostrophe.

LS: ‘e’. And that means…?

RY: Well, it’s a wonderful little word, it doesn’t have a great direct translation into English, but what it does is it refers to the previous thing said, in such a way that you end up constructing things which are sort of like tennis, where you lob a sentence up and then hit it over the net. So that you state a whole sentence just so you can then talk about it using ‘e’. So, the example I would give would be, mumuSHa’ ‘e’ vIHarbe’chu’. Which would mean she loves me… I don’t believe that at all.

So the whole thing would be I don’t believe that she loves me at all.

But we said the whole sentence she loves me, just so we could talk about it with the ‘e’.

LS: And you folks listening at home – or wherever you might be – cannot see that HoD Qanqor HoD is holding the sentence up in his hands. “Lobbing” it I believe was the term he used. Yeah.

(laughter in the background)

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That’s all from me today, except to say, qo’mey poSmoH Hol. Language opens worlds.

qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


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