tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Fri Sep 13 23:25:54 2002
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Klingon is a language. It has it's own grammar. We can't simply replace
the english words with the klingon words but continue to follow english
Klingon sentences are Object-Verb-Subject.
> wIjPong Gina.
-wIj is a suffix. It goes at the end of the word.
Sentences need verbs.
In this case we use what is called Pronoun-as-Tobe.
'oH is the pronoun "it". It can be used as a verb "it is".
Gina 'oH pongwIj'e' "My name is Gina."
The subject noun following a Pronoun-as-Tobe also has to have the
suffix -'e' on it.
> cha'maH ben jIboghpu'.
> wIjjIb "brown."
Again with the suffix -wIj, and the word order.
For "brown" we can say /Doq 'ej wovbe'/
For a nifty color chart that I made, goto:
Doq 'ej wovbe' jIbwIj.
Some people prefer:
Doq jIbwIj 'ej wovbe'.
> jIghaj cha' Saj.
You have the pets, so the pets are the object; they come before the verb.
The prefix jI- states that the subject is "I" and that there is NO object.
To show that there is an object "them" (the pets), we need the prefix vI-.
cha' Saj vIghaj. - "I have two pets."
> jItuQ "glasses"
We don't have the word for "glasses", altho I sure a couple people will try
to give you something to use here, but it would only be long descriptions;
so you did the right thing to just use the english word.
One such choice could be /leghmeH jan/, but it's a bit vague and we could
come up with a few things that fit that description.
But we still need the OVS word order and the correct prefix.
"glasses" are the object.
The prefix is "I [to] it", vI-
Well, you did good with the vocabulary; and now you have the basic sentence
structure. You wanted a place to start. You have started.
- From: "Gina Robertson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>