Klingon blog

by Suw on July 13, 2004

Scary, yet also impressive, blog in Klingon: bo logh.

Anonymous July 14, 2004 at 8:01 am

Yes, very impressive to learn a language of a fictitious race from a TV show. Hmm, but wouldn't it have been more useful to, I don't know, use all that effort to learn a new language that real people on our own planet actually speak?

Anonymous July 14, 2004 at 9:20 am

You mean… like Welsh?
Actually, I have to argue here that there are people who speak Klingon – it is a real language, albeit a modern, constructed language. I don't know the figures but some people are fluent in it. The usefulness of a language doesn't rely on total number of speakers, but in daily opportunities to use the language. If you are part of a Klingon-speaking group, then it's a useful language for you. Yet learning, say, French, would be useless if you knew no French speakers. It's all relative.

Anonymous July 14, 2004 at 3:52 pm

Well, put it that way and you have a point. I suppose this does throw up lots of interesting ideas to debate like language is nothing but an arbitrary sign system and that words only have meaning because there has been an agreement within a collective of people.
Oh, I hate it when I'm wrong!

Anonymous July 14, 2004 at 5:09 pm

Why do people always assume that I speak Klingon at the expense of learning other languages? It's like saying to someone in the weight room, “why do you lift weights when you could be playing soccer?” or “why do you run when you could be mountain climbing?”
Klingon is cross-training. When I'm with my Klingon-speaknig friends I tend to speak Klingon, but there have been occasions when I have spoken with the same people in Russian, or French, or Spanish, or even boring old English. I probably use Klingon more than one member of the group uses his Welsh or Basque, but it all strengthens our mental muscles.

Anonymous July 14, 2004 at 5:25 pm

I get the same thing with Welsh, which I am almost fluent in. People wonder why I bothered learning it, considering that it's a 'dead' language with 'no future' (neither point is true), but my opportunities for using it are limited only by my own laziness.
I have to ask, (and I hope you'll come back to answer), how did you find learning Klingon? Is it a nice, logical language? I always thought that constructed languages have no excuse for irregular verbs or nouns, really. 😉 Does it use declensions and conjucations like Polish or auxiliary verbs and word order like English?
Anyway, I can only applaud your linguistic prowess. Klingon, Russian, French and Spanish. Wow. My attempts to expand my languages has just been a bit pathetic really. My Polish (latest attempt) is a bit pathetic really. Well, at least my Python is coming along ok. 😉

Anonymous July 15, 2004 at 2:12 pm

OK, fine, I admit it: I'm an evil bigot and deserve to be punished.

Anonymous July 17, 2004 at 4:29 am

Klingon is a fairly regular language, but quite unlike English. Basic word order is object-verb-subject, and a verb is conjugated by adding a prefix that denotes both the subject and the object. In that sense there are no irregular verbs: they all take the same set of prefixes. There are a few irregular noun plurals. Nouns that serve functions other than subject or objects take suffixes (very) vaguely comparable to Polish declensions. For example, “You hate me because of my jacket” is:
wepwIjmo' chomuS
wep -jacket
-wIj -suffix denoting “my” when the thing owned is non-sentient
-mo' – suffix denoting “because of”
cho- -prefix for “you (singular) do the action of the verb to me”
muS – hate
It was fun to learn, because it was the first non-indo-european language I encountered, so it challenged my assumptions about language.

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