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  • Birthday sentence

    Posted by fagiano755 on May 20, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    Hello everybody!

    Sorry for the silly question.

    A friend of mine is a Klingon fan and is having a birthday party.

    I would like to give him his present accompanied by a greeting card in Klingon, something like “happy birthday noble and brave Günther!”

    With help of online translators I managed to cook up the following:

    ghoS ej’ sub Günther qoSlIjbe’ DatIvjaj!

    Do you think that this is OK?

    Thanks in advance

    lauraemcb replied 10 months ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • qurgh

    May 20, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    First, a word of warning, online Klingon translators don’t work. They often produce nonsensical sentences. When I translate the sentence you got:

    ghoS ‘ej Sub Günther qoSlIj be’ DatIvjaj!

    He/she/it approaches (him/her/it) and may you enjoy the hero Gunther’s your birthday women

    You can use some of those bits to make something close to what you want to say, something like this should work.

    qoSlIj DatIvjaj, yoHbogh Subbogh je Günther

    May you enjoy your birthday, Günther who is brave and heroic

    There’s no word for “noble”, so I went with a verb that has a slang meaning of “be heroic”.

  • fagiano755

    May 21, 2022 at 11:39 am

    Dear qurgh, thank you so much!!!

    I feared that online translators would be bad.

    You saved my friend’s birthday.

    Thanks a lot!

  • fagiano755

    May 21, 2022 at 11:56 am

    Dear qurgh, I hope not to try your kindness, but I would like to add another question: my friend always claims that his birthday is actually an unbirthday party, since it has been delayed a while. So, is it correct to translate unbirthday by qoSlIjbe’ ?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Andrew

      June 9, 2022 at 11:01 pm

      Only verbs are negated with {-be’}. Nouns, on the other hand, are negated with the verb {-‘en}.

      So “your un-birthday” is {qoSlIj ‘en}.

  • lauraemcb

    July 27, 2022 at 5:35 am

    Related silly question, if I’ve missed saying happy birthday to a friend on the day, is there a way to say belated happy birthday in Klingon? Typically we say “qoSlIj yItIv” but I’m a day late now