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Learn Klingon in few easy steps

Do you want to impress your nerdy crush (who suspiciously looks like Sheldon Cooper) or just want to be wiser about Klingon? Try these steps to understand the intricacies of Klingon.

The fictional language of Klingon has been quite popular with Star Wars fans from the time it was introduced on the silver screen three decades ago. The language has now become a part of popular culture and has attracted the attention of the general public. And for hardcore Star Wars fans, watching Star Wars with subtitles is the most dishonorable thing you could do. Be respectful and learn Klingon before starting on your Star Wars journey.

Important facts about pronunciation part I

The synonym for the word “No” is ghobe. To pronounce is a bit tricky. The “gh” of ghobe should be spoken as if you are gargling. And please don’t be a sheep while pronouncing the word “be”. The word should not go like “beeehhh”, but it should have a glottal stop.

Important facts about pronunciation part II

Now that we have tackled the word “No”, it is time to know the synonym for the word “Yes”. So, the word is HIja. While pronouncing, don’t let too much air through the alphabet “H”. The ending “ja” should make a noisy sound like “yeechhh”.

Standard Greetings

Interestingly, there is no need to be polite in Klingon. But if you can’t help be polite, you can use the word “nuqneH”. The word broadly translates to “What do you want?”.

Expanding Vocabulary

The word “vaQ” can be used to show aggression. The word battle array can be translated “may’morgh. The Klingon equivalent of the word honor is “batlh”. You can keep on increasing your vocabulary by learning more words with the help of Google.

Some key phrases

They say that the best way to learn a language is not following or learning words instead,try learning phrases. Here are some of the popular Klingon phrases

Heghlu’meHQaQjajvam

The most valued phrase of Klingon and translates to “Today is a good day to die”.

NuqDaq ‘oHQe’QaQ’e’

If you want to ask someone,“Where is a good restaurant?”.

QuSDaq ba’lu’’a’

If you meet someone with whom you are not acquainted, the phrase translates to “Is this seat taken”.

If you still are struggling, then practice and practice, and within no time, with the sheer power of nerdy will, you will learn the language.

Priyadarshini Kaul

Priyadarshini Kaul Mishra has two Master’s Degrees in English Literature and History. She is actively following her passion for the language by being a content creator since many years now. Besides this, Priyadarshini is a true bookworm at heart and tries to be an avid reader despite being a full-time mother now. She is also a professionally certified baker and puts on the oven mitts every now and then.
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