DaHjaj Hol 111019 what? #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 we look at a new kind of word: Question words. Up to this point, you’ve only been able to ask simple yes/no questions. Over the next several weeks you’ll learn to go beyond that. We’ll start with nuq. N, U, Lowercase Q. nuq means what? It’s very easy to use because nuq occupies the place in the question where the answering noun would go, regardless of what role that noun plays. A few examples will make this clear:

Hegh nuq
what died?

nuq HoHlu’
what was killed?

nuq maSopta’ machechtaHvIS
what did we eat while we were drunk?

wa’Hu’ jIHubruppa’ muqIp nuq
what hit me yesterday before I was ready to defend?


You may or may not realize the power of this simple word, or the nearly infinite possibilities it makes possible. Being able to question the world around you changes everything. And now that you have that power, it begs a question itself: what are you going to do about it? But, I think you know the answer… qo’mey poSmoH Hol.

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2 comments “DaHjaj Hol 111019 what? #tlhIngan #tlh”

How about noun suffixes attached to nuq? For example,

nuqmo’ narghta’ qama’ – “The prisoner escaped because of … what?”

As you’ll hear with tomorrow’s podcast, there is a question word that resembles nuq with a noun suffix, but that suffix is -Daq.

I’d be much more inclined to use chay’ to ask your question, like so:

chay’ narghta’ qama’ how did the prisoner escape?

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