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RE: Return (again)

> I have returned again to try to learn Klingon.


> I've been listening to the Conversational Klingon CD and have
> been confused by the times.
> Is there an error when he says 1200?  It sounds like he's saying
> 2100 (cha'mach wa' vatlh, not wa'mach cha' vatlh).
> Later on the 1900 hours (wa'mach Hut vatlh) follows the
> convention I was expecting.

For other beginners that may be watching, here is the section being refered
The word for "hour" in Klingon is {rep}. "Six hundred hours" or six
o'clock in the morning is "six" {jav} plus "hundred" {­vatlh} plus {rep},
altogether it's {javvatlh rep}.

Now, you repeat these time expressions, after you hear each one the second

Noon or "twelve hundred hours":
	{cha'maH wa'vatlh rep}
	{cha'maH wa'vatlh rep}

Midnight or "zero hours":
	{pagh rep}
	{pagh rep}

Seven p.m. or "nineteen hundred hours"
	{wa'maH Hutvatlh rep}
	{wa'maH Hutvatlh rep}

The part about 1200 hours should be wa'maH cha'vatlh rep.
Nobody is perfect.  This is simply an error.

Also note, the number suffix for the ten's place is -maH, not -mach.

> Also what happens about fractions?
> I had an idea that tenths would be machHom. so a half would be
> vagh machHom.  Is this correct?or is there a different system.

We don't know how to do [fractions] but we do have the word /vI'/ "decimal
point", and the word /vatlhvI'/ "percent"

Some canon examples:
Klaa:  ghoSmeH yIpegh.  cha'maHvagh vatlhvI' Hong, QIt yIghoS
 (Stealth approach.  Slow to one-quarter impulse power.)

ngongmeH wa' DujDaq nuHmey nISbe'bogh So'wI' jomlu'pu'.  HovpoH Hut vagh
cha' wa' vI' jav Dujvam 'aghlu'pu' 'ach Qaw'lu'pu'.
 A cloaking device which didn't disrupt weaponry was installed in one
experimental ship demonstrated on Stardate 9521.6, but this ship was

wejvatlh loSmaH loS vI' vagh wej 'uj 'aD Duj
Length: 120 M

loSmaH jav vI' Soch loS 'uj 'ab meH
Bridge Height: 16.28 M

wejvatlh SochmaH vagh SaD cheb'a'mey ngI' Duj
Mass: 8.7 KT

cha' choQmey naQ tu'lu' 'ej tep choQ bIngDaq lo' law' bID choQ tu'lu')
2 Full Decks and a Half Utility Deck under the Cargo Deck)

This last one, you see we have the word /bID/ "half".

DloraH, BG

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