DaHjaj Hol 111104 milk #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.

We can’t end the first week in November without a visit to Marc Okrand’s Klingon for the Galactic Traveler and a new noun. Today I give you nIm. N, Capital I, M. nIm means milk. Now I don’t know if the Klingons have something like a cow back on Kronos, and I don’t want to get caught up in any discussion of mammals and biology, so let’s just move on to some practice sentences that use this word, okay?

jI’ojchoHDI’ nIm vItlhutlh
when I get thirsty, I drink milk

qanqu’mo’ tlherlaw’ nIm
because it’s so old, the milk is apparently lumpy

pIvmeH tlhutlhnIS puqpu’
in order to be healthy, children need to drink milk

I could tell you that knowing this one word in Klingon will make your fluent, but I won’t. You could know all the words and fluency would still evade you. Because with any language study, it’s not simply enough to know the words, the sounds, the grammar. You have to use them too. You need to make them a part of you existence. You need to breathe life into them. It’s true that language will open worlds, but for that to happen, the language needs to be used. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.

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One Response to “DaHjaj Hol 111104 milk #tlhIngan #tlh”

Guess who, lol. Two things to mention on this one. First, we covered this word back on 28 Jan, 2011. It’s been a long time, and we’ve covered a lot, so it’s quite understandable that this fact could be overlooked. The other thing I need to mention is a mistake in the third example sentence. I believe that pIvmeH tlhutlhnIS puqpu’ would translate as “In order to be healthy, children need to drink”. In order for it to translate properly (and contain the word for the day), I’m pretty sure it should be pIvmeH nIm thlutlhnIS puqpu’

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