qep'a' cha'maH cha'DIch

July 23-25, 2015, Chicago, IL, USA

Every year for the past 21 years, Klingon learners and speakers from around the world have met for a weekend of intense study mixed with fun activities and opportunities to make new friends who share a passion for this unique language.  Join us for the twenty second annual meeting of the Klingon Language Institute (aka qep'a' cha'maH cha'DIch).

Each morning there will be special classes designed for those who have just started learning or want a refresher of the basics.  Activities throughout the day encourage learners to practice their newly gained skills and work with more advanced speakers to experience Klingon as a real, living language.  During  the later afternoons, certification tests will be available for those who choose to test their knowledge and demonstrate their accomplishments.  There will be games, there will be stories, there will be poetry, and there will be songs.  All topped off with a Saturday night pizza party and cabaret.  Much honor will be gained!

Will you be there?


Registration is now open.  Attending registration includes:

Admission to all classes and scheduled activities
Conference handouts and language helps
Conference T-shirt
KLI extras
Pizza Party

If you won't be able to attend this year, but you would still like to receive the convention T-shirt and gifts, we offer a supporting membership.  If it turns out later that you will be able to attend after all, you can upgrade your supporting membership to an attending membership at any time.

REGISTRATION (attending):
$35 – Before July 1st, 2015
$40 – July 1 to  July 21st, 2015 (does NOT include t-shirt)
$55 – at the door (does NOT include t-shirt)
$20 – daily rate, Thu, Fri, or Sat (does NOT include t-shirt)
SUPPORTING (non-attending):
$20 – USA only, before July 1st, 2015 (includes t-shirt)
$10 – USA only, after July 1st, 2015 (does NOT include t-shirt)
$10 – outside USA (does NOT include t-shirt)

Pay now with credit card online or send check by June 30 to:

Klingon Language Institute
P.O. Box 794
Blue Bell, PA 19422 USA


This year the meeting will be in Chicago at the Hampton Inn O'Hare.

Hampton Inn O'Hare
3939 N. Mannheim
Schiller Park, IL, US 60176
Phone: (847) 671-1700

If you are not coming by car, then get to O'Hare airport.  Whether arriving at the airport by "blue line" train or by airplane at any terminal, follow the red "Bus/Shuttle Center" signs. At the Bus/Shuttle Center, find Door 1 and watch for the red Wallypark/Hampton Inn lupwI'.  Depending on traffic the lupwI' stops at the airport every 10-20 minutes and goes directly to the hotel.

Our room rate will be $104/night (plus applicable taxes) for either a King bed room or a 2 Double bed room. They have set aside a number of rooms for us at this special rate, but when those rooms are gone, there are no guarantees of availability or price, so book your room early.  

Some of the amenities available at this hotel include:
-Free transportation to and from O'Hare International Airport (as described above)
-Free deluxe "On the House Hot Breakfast Buffet"
-Free Parking
-Free High Speed Wireless Internet Access
-Indoor Heated Saltwater Pool and whirlpool
-Microwave and mini fridge available in the King Study Rooms

To make your reservation online go to http://j.mp/KLI22, or call the hotel at (847)671-1700 and mention that you are reserving with the Klingon Language Institute.


  • Marc Okrand
  • Lawrence M. Schoen
  • Jeremy Cowan
  • Alan Anderson
  • Carol Anderson
  • Robyn Stewart
  • Eric Andeen
  • Chris Lipscombe
  • Michelle Peat
  • Terry Donnelly
  • Ruth Donnelly
  • Elizabeth Faber
  • Ben Faber
  • Remy Faber
  • Jennifer Usellis
  • Marc Malnekoff
  • Agnieszka Solska
  • Rich Yampell
  • Mark Shoulson
  • Issac Shoulson
  • Ethan Shoulson
  • Christopher Kidder
  • Brad Wilson
  • Daniel Morse
  • Daniel McNamara
  • Carole Harness
  • John Harness
  • Pamela Brown

 Supporting Members:

  • William Lockley
  • Stephen Carter
  • James Myers


Please remember that while the times listed are never approximate, they may sometimes be inaccurate.  After returning from supper, the qep pa' will be open for hanging out, playing games, etc.  Except for the pizza party, the cost of meals is NOT included with membership.  Shuttles have been arranged to help with carpooling, but we can't get everyone on the shuttles, so if you have room in your car, we would appreciate some help getting everyone to the restaurants.


paw 'op
The Mirage Restaurant (½ mile/12 minutes on foot, 10255 Irving Park Road, Schiller Park, IL)


betleH wIqeq
betleH warmups behind the hotel
ghoj taghwI'pu'
Grammar Intro and Review
Mantra Indian Restaurant (2 miles, 9438 W. Irving Park Road, Schiller Park, IL)
Welcome & State of the KLI
(janSIy 'anghal latlh je)
nuq 'oH
20 questions in Klingon
wa' 'ay'
change a familiar sentence a bit at a time to make a new sentence
Chinese Kitchen #1 (1.6 miles, 3926 N. 25th Avenue, Schiller Park, IL)


betleH wIqeq
betleH warmups behind the hotel
nentay 'oHbe' Hol
Effective Self Study
Tuscano's Italian Buffet (2 miles, 4926 N River Road, Schiller Park, IL)
ghantoH pab
can you determine what arbitrary pattern a sentence follows
qaDHom wa'
create a short story using a randomly selected one word theme
pegh mu'
can our contestants figure out the secret word from the clues?
Great Escape American Buffet (1.5 miles, 9540 Irving Park Road, Schiller Park, IL)


betleH wIqeq
betleH warmups behind the hotel
KLCP Level 1
Preparing for the Certification Exam
Al & Joe's (less than ½ mile/10 minutes on foot, 10348 W. Addison, Franklin Park, IL)
Ask Dr. Okrand
(Dr. Marc Okrand)
qaDHom cha'
create a short story based on a randomly selected sentence
pItSa chab wISop
Eating Pizza!
muchHommey Sar
Saturday Cabaret

* We will be broadcasting many of the scheduled qep'a' actvitites at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/qep-a-dah.  Thursday and Friday we expect to broadcast from 10-11 a.m. (1500-1600 UTC) and from 2-5 p.m. (1900-2200 UTC)  Saturday we expect to broadcast from 10-11 a.m. (1500-1600 UTC), from 3-4 p.m. (2000-2100 UTC) and from 7-9 p.m. (0000-0200 UTC)  As always, these times may be approximate and are reliant on hotel wifi.

Family members and friends that wish to participate in the scheduled activities should purchase a daily or attending membership. However, for those family members that are looking for something else to do during the day check out our KLI spouse pages.

A note about costumes/uniforms: Costumes are welcome, but the majority of our members will not be wearing costumes and are probably not very interested in the cosplay aspect of Klingon.  We do occasionally have someone dressed in full armor for the day or wearing an honor sash the whole conference or wearing a ridged forehead to indicate that they are in their Klingon persona and will only speak Klingon.  Saturday night you may see a bit more dressing up and costuming for the cabaret, but the most common "uniform" will probably be jeans and a t-shirt.