Level III: Hol patlh po'wI', "Advanced"

The Advanced test will consist of 30 questions drawn from the following material. In this test, additional canon sources beyond TKD (grammar and vocabulary) will be included. This includes all canon sources, including primarily (but not exclusively) Klingon for the Galactic Traveler (KGT), The Klingon Way (TKW), and articles written by Marc Okrand and published in HolQeD.


The Advanced test will consist of 30 questions: 20 main questions, 5 idioms, and 5 in reading comprehension.

The 20 main questions are presented in the same format as the previous two tests. Each specific issue will not be listed here; instead, examples for each category will be shown.

Main Questions

Grammar and language use post-TKD

Example: nargh 'eb "too late"
ExampleNS5 –'e' "topic" used to disambiguate the head noun of a relative clause.

Little-known grammar rules

Example: It is culturally taboo to use the VS2 suffix –vIp with a first-person subject prefix.

Regional variation in grammar

Example: In toasts, the last word is always the verb, except in Sakrej and No'hvadut dialects.

Societal variation in vocabulary

Example: Dargh HIvje' "teacup" (general) vs. tu'lum "teacup" (upper-class only)

Specialized vocabulary

Example: ghe'naQ nIt "Grand Opera"


For the questions on idioms, you will be asked to provide the idiomatic interpretation of an expression. For example, pe'vIl bI'chu', "do something all at once."

Reading Comprehension

In the reading comprehension section, you will have a short passage to read in Klingon. The text will be followed by five questions on the subject matter. The questions are written in Klingon, and you will provide your answers in Klingon.

Sample Questions

1.InstructionsTranslate the following sentence.
QuestionIt's too late for you to spit out the poison.
Answernargh tar DatlhISmeH 'eb
QuestionExplain the difference between yaS and 'utlh.
AnsweryaS "officer" vs. 'utlh "officer" (emeritus)
3.InstructionsExplain the idiomatic interpretation of the following expression.
Questionpe'vIl bI'chu'
AnswerDo something all at once