DaHjaj Hol 111109 where? #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.

Time for another question word. It’s nuqDaq. N, U, Lowercase Q, Capital D, A, Lowercase Q. nuqDaq means where? You may have already noticed that this is little more than the word for what followed by the locative suffix –Daq, and you’d be right. As you’d expect from a locative phrase, it goes at the beginning of the sentence, as the following examples will make clear:

nuqDaq maSoplaH
where can we eat?

nuqDaq motlh vIngbogh chomvetlh Datu’
where do you usually find that whining bartender?

nuqDaq maqay’be’meH maQongnIS
for us not to be a problem, where do we need to sleep?


What happens when you’ve been spending most of a year making statements in a new language and suddenly find you can turn all of those statements into questions? It’s like the vast number of things you can say has suddenly more than doubled. Possibilities you haven’t imagined are all at once right in front of you. “Where?” becomes “here” in that respect. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.

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