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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] yu' ghojchoHwI

Steven Boozer (

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#1F497D">To answer Maxim’s question, there’s a section in _<i>Klingon for the Galactic Traveller</i>_ &nbsp;(KGT) which talks about Klingon musical instruments.&nbsp; A couple of
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:Courier">KGT 74:&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family:Courier">There are several types of Klingon musical instruments. Collectively, they are known as
<b>QoQ jan </b>or <b>QoQ janmey </b>(the plural suffix -<b>mey</b> is never required).
<b>QoQ</b>, as noted above, means <i>music</i>; <b>jan </b>is normally translated as
<i>device</i> and is usually applied to some sort of sophisticated apparatus, but its use in
<b>QoQ jan </b>may point to an earlier and less limited meaning, something like <i>
implement</i>. There are special words used to describe the various techniques employed in playing specific instruments, but the general term for
<i>play a musical instrument</i> is <b>chu'</b>, which, when applied to technologically advanced devices, including weapons, means
<i>activate</i>. Indeed, out of context, <b>jan chu' </b>could mean either <i>activate the device</i> or
<i>play the instrument</i>, which may be why <b>QoQ jan </b>(<i>musical instrument</i>) is seldom shortened to simply
<b>jan</b>. When the context is clearly musical, a <i>player</i>,--that is, one who plays a musical instrument--is a
<b>chu'wI'</b>, though more specific terminology may also be used, depending on the instrument being played. [...] There are a great many Klingon percussion instruments--that is, instruments that make a sound as a result of something striking something else.
 Klingons seem to enjoy playing the percussion instruments more than instruments of other types. Among these are various drums and bells. The general term for a percussion instrument of any kind is
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:Courier">KGT 76:&nbsp; Each string [of a {leSpal}] is a
<b>SIrgh</b>, a word also used for any thread or filament... To produce music, one may either pluck (<b>pang</b>) or strum (<b>yach</b>, which also means
<i>stroke</i> or <i>pet</i>) the strings. The tone produced is varied by touching the string or strings at various points while plucking or strumming. The verb used for this, perhaps translatable as
<i>to finger</i>, is the same as the one used for wind instruments: <b>Heng</b>. The word
<b>HurDagh</b> refers to any of these stringed instruments, of which there are several different types, the most commonly found being the relatively small
<b>Supghew</b>. The midsize <b>leSpal</b> is fairly widely used, while the large <b>
tIngDagh</b> is rarely heard except in conjunction with the performance of an opera.<br>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">From:</span></b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"> Robyn Stewart []
<b>Sent:</b> Tuesday, May 05, 2015 9:44 AM<br>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="FR-CA" style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#1F497D">naDev QoQ Dellu’ net chaw’bej.<br>
DubmeH laHlIj QaghHommeylIj vItI’.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">From:</span></b><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"> Maxim Sonin [<a href="";></a>]
<b>Sent:</b> May 5, 2015 5:05<br>
yu’ ghojchoHwI’ – { ’ } yIlIjQo’.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p><span lang="EN-CA">nuq mu'mey QoQ vIDel?<span style="color:#1F497D">&nbsp; <br>
chay’ QoQ vIDel? = how do I describe music?<br>
QoQ vIDelmeH mu’mey lI’ HIja’! = Tell me useful words for me to describe music<br>
QoQ Delbogh mu’mey law’ DISov. ‘ey, bom mu’, bomwI’, muDuQ, chuS, Qatlh, tam, Quch, QeH, yu, bIm, ‘egh, loS, vagh, jav, Soch chorgh, Degh, nuQ, qat, moq, Supghew, SuS, SuSDeq, tIngDagh, thaw’, van bom, weq, wup, yach, bang bom, baS ‘In, chon bom, chu’, chuS’ugh,
 chu’wI’, Dap bom, DIr’In, DIron, Dov’agh, HurDagh, jan, may’ron, may’ bom, meSchuS, muchwI’, namtun, naQHom, ngujlep, ‘o’lav, ‘o’megh, qeb, qung, rey, rIl, Supghew je vIchuplaH. mu’meyvetlh DaSov’a’?<br>
jIHvaD motlh Dajbe’ QoQ’e’ ‘ach tlhaQDI’ bom mu’ qoj lut Daj luDelDI’ vItIv.</span><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p><span lang="EN-CA">ghantoH: QaQ lespal ghaj nIrvana?<span style="color:#1F497D"><br>
leSpal QaQ ghaj’a’ nIrvana? = Does Nirvana have a good guitar?</span><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p><span lang="EN-CA">taHlaH'a' 'e'?<span style="color:#1F497D"><br>
HIja’! taHlaHbej. bISaHmo’ ‘ej batlh tlhIngan Hol Dalo’mo’ jIbel.<br>
- Qov</span><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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