2013-05-20

nuqneH - Start Learning Klingon Here!

nuqneH!

nuqneH is the universal, one-size-fits-all Klingon greeting. It literally means What do you want?

This is a blog dedicated to teaching tlhIngan Hol the Klingon language as developed by Marc Okrand for Paramount for use in the Star Trek movies, from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock right through to Star Trek Into Darkness.

You now know some Klingon - the title of this blog, tlhIngan Hol, tlhIngan paQDI'norgh, and now nuqneH. You will, if you stick with this blog, eventually learn many more words - nouns, verbs and other kinds of Klingon words such as adverbials, conjunctions and numbers. You will learn to speak, read and write decent working Klingon.

yIghojrup! yIqIm! yIbuS! Get ready to learn! Pay attention! Concentrate! yItIv! Enjoy!

The Lessons

Links to the lessons are listed below.

Basic Klingon Sayings
Fifty Klingon Nouns
Seventy Klingon Verbs
Sentence Building 101
Alphabet and Pronunciation: Vowels
Pronunciation: Consonants b, ch, D, gh, H
Pronunciation: Consonants j, l, m, n, ng, p
Pronunciation: Consonants q, Q, r, S, t, tlh
Pronunciation: Consonants v, w, y, '
Verb prefixes
Imperative verb prefixes
(giving commands)
Plural nouns: general plural suffix - things
Plural nouns: body parts
Plural nouns: sentient beings and people
Plural nouns: awkward nouns
Pronouns
Negative statements
and asking closed questions
Questions: Who? and What?
Noun suffixes
This and That
Question: Why?
"Because" / "due to"
Aspected verbs: the -ta' verb suffix
Aspected verbs: the -pu' verb suffix
Aspected verbs: the -taH verb suffix
Aspected verbs: the -lI' verb suffix
Question: When?
Time 1: Verb Suffixes
Time 2: Time Markers
Time 3: Time Markers, More Numbers
vav jaj Father's Day
Questions: How?
Adverbials
More Adverbials
Klingon Cursing
Curse Warfare
Adjectival Verbs
Rover Suffixes: -Ha', -qu'
Using the -Qo' suffix: warning and refusal
Type 2 suffixes: Volition / Predisposition
Type 2 suffix: -nIS
Type 2 suffix: -rup
Type 2 suffix: -beH
Type 2 suffix: -vIp
Type 4 suffix -moH, Type 9 suffix -wI'
Type 5 Suffix -lu'
Here, There Everywhere - Locatives
-laH: The Suffix Of Ability
-choH: Type 3 Suffix of Change
-qa': Type 3 Suffix "Resume, Again"
Reflexive Suffixes: -'egh Oneself
-chuq One another

Basic Klingon Sayings

The following are some useful Klingon sayings. You can memorise them, and for the most part when you're in company and someone is speaking Klingon these will do at a pinch, if you don't know much else about tlhIngan Hol.

Many of these come from the following sources, all of them available from Simon & Schuster and authored by Marc Okrand, creator of tlhIngan Hol for Star Trek:-

The Klingon Dictionary (essential reading)

The Klingon Way (useful sayings and proverbs)

Klingon For The Galactic Traveller (a vital adjunct to your studies)

Conversational Klingon and Power Klingon, both originally audio tapes released on ancient and obsolete cassettes. Conversational Klingon is currently available on YouTube - the video embed is a very quick and handy way of learning how to pronounce those Klingons sounds, before you go to the above lessons I have prepared for you.

nuqneHWhat do you want? (the standard Klingon greeting)
HIja'Yes
ghobe'No
lu'Okay (also "Sure," "Cool," "I'll do it" (response to being given an order))
toHAha!
jIyajbe'I don't understand
jISaHbe'I don't care
Do'Ha'Unfortunate
Qo'No! I won't! I refuse!
bIlughYou are right
bIlughbe'You are wrong
majGood
majQa'Excellent
tera'ngan jIHI am a Terran
tlhIngan SoH'a'Are you a Klingon?
tlhIngan Hol DajatlhlaH'a'Do you speak Klingon?
tlhIngan Hol vIjatlhlaHI speak Klingon
tlhIngan Hol vIjatlhlaHbe'I do not speak Klingon
qaSuj'a'Do I disturb you? / Am I disturbing you?
'oy''a'Will it hurt?
DujlIj yIvoqTrust your instincts
yIvoq 'ach yI'olTrust, but verify
reH bang larghlu'It is the scent that first speaks of love (literally, "A loved one is always smelled")
nuqDaq 'oH puchpa''e'Where is the bathroom?
Qapla'Success! (sometimes said on parting, though generally it's not necessary to say anything on parting company)
bortaS bIr jablu'DI' reH QaQqu' nay'Revenge is a dish that is best served cold (traditional Klingon proverb)
naDev qaS wanI' ramqu'There is nothing much happening here
HIvqa' veqlarghFeklahr (Klingon devil) strikes again! (said out loud if you make a mistake)
DopDaq qul yIchenmoH QobDI' ghu'Set fire on the side when there is danger (again, something said out loud to save your face)
not mev peghmeySecrets never cease (secrecy proverb)

There will be further sayings and proverbs in future lessons.

Why Klingon?

I'm going to put this in a cartouche right here. You can come back to this in later lessons, once you begin to learn to parse a Klingon sentence.

By the time this becomes clear to you, you'll know the reason why.

'ej qatlh Dochvam vIta'
tlhIngan Hol yajmeH Hoch,
tlhIngan Hol jatlhlaHmeH Hoch,
tlhIngan Hol vIghojmoHmo'

HIQum Contact Me

choQum DaneHchugh vaj rarwI'vam yIHot

... or, in English - Contact Me

Qapla'! Success!

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