As promised, here is a video of me speaking Klingon 😀 Laugh and enjoy as I give you the most guttural tour of my home I probably ever will… and I do it in costume and in character of course!
I only started to learn this a couple of weeks back, and as you can imagine there have been certain challenges I wouldn't face with my normal languages!
But, as always, where there's a will, there's a way! After a few weeks of slowly learning things from books and audio and watching the movies and episodes, I felt that all this “input” was not going to help me achieve what I sought. So I relied on my usual strategy of system HB!
I got in touch with Qov, who is a member of the tlhIngan Hol yejHaD (Klingon Language Institute) and asked for his help. He helped me prepare the script for this short video and even spoke it to me so my pronunciation would be slightly better. Considering how he's even blogging in Klingon, he was definitely the one to ask!
Luckily, the studying I've done meant that I do indeed understand precisely what I'm saying, as well as the grammatical structures behind my words (so no, I'm not reciting gibberish!). After making sure of that, I used my previously described technique of preparing a video in a language you just started to learn. I hope you enjoyed the result and my poor acting skills!
In case you are wondering, my “battle cruiser” is the car I'm renting for the month (first time ever – I just got my license and wanted to experience the states behind the wheel), and even though this apartment is very nice, I'm not paying so much (by American standards) for living here for the month because of course I haggled down the proposed price.
This weekend, I'll be at the Star Trek convention – of course, I'm really looking forward to it! I'm not sure if I'll be able to record another video as planned though, as I see that they don't legally allow people to record within the conference (because of the actors that are present), and Qov tells me that unfortunately there may be nobody there with more Klingon than me (including those reciting the two hour long play in Klingon!!) There are actual Klingon events, called qep'a', which would be better for speaking the language.
If that's the case, hopefully this video is enough to show you what Klingon with an Irish accent sounds like 😀
Let me know what you think about it in the comments below! Qapla'!!
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