DaHjaj Hol 111102 how? #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.

This week’s question word is chay’. That’s CH, A, Y, Apostrophe. chay’ means how? You can use this two ways. Either as a single word sentence, in which instance it means what happened? or how did this happen or what the –?.

More typically though, You use chay’ at the beginning of a sentence, where it basically takes a statement and asks how it came to be so.

chay’ Hegh vavwI’
how did my father die?

chay’ mach HoD mIl’oD
how small was the captain’s sabre bear?

chay’ wej romuluSnganpu’ DaSuvchu’ bIchechtaHvIS
how did you perfectly fight three Romulans while you were drunk?


Eventually, no matter what questions you ask, how you came to do this or that, why you’re eating this breakfast cereal or attracted to that person or studying this language, eventually you’ll realize that at some level, consciously or not, you made a choice. Even if that choice was to not make a choice and just let Fate lead you where it may, you chose that for yourself. Just as you’ve chosen to allow language to open worlds for you. So much for asking “how?” qo’mey poSmoH Hol.

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