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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 is our last Question Word Wednesday, which is not to say that after today you won’t be asking any further questions. Quite the contrary, you’ll be even better equipped than ever to query and inquire. Our final question word is ’ar. Apostrophe, A, R. ’ar means how many? or how much? It has two special rules that govern its use. First, it always follows the noun that its asking about. And second, that noun can never be marked with a plural suffix. With those two cautions in mind, let’s look at some examples:

Hegh romuluSngan ’ar
how many Romulans died?

yuch ’ar DaSoplaH
how much chocolate can you eat?

mughato’ mIl’oD je ’ar vISuvnIS
how many mugatos and sabrebears do I need to fight?


Sooner or later you will find yourself speaking Klingon more easily. The words will come to mind without effort, the suffixes will put themselves in the correct order, and your pronunciation will be spot on. Trust me when I tell you it will come. After all, consider how long it took you to acquire your native tongue, and you weren’t being constantly distracted by work or relationships back then, either. This is a useful perspective to keep in mind, as is recalling that yes, sooner or later, you will get there. There’s no rush, the worlds you will open will wait. qo’mey poSmoH Hol

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