18 Klingon phrases that will save your life one day

On 6 September 2016, wired.com released an article with the above title, showing 18 Klingon phrases.(1) The Sentences were collected by Klingonist Joseph Windsor.


# Klingon Provided pronunciation Translation
1 quSDaq ba'lu''a' [qus.dak 'baz.luz.'zaz] Is this seat taken?
2 jIjatlh [ji.'jax] Speak
3 pe'vIl mu'qaDmey ['pez.vil 'muz.kad.mey] Curse well!
4 nuqDaq 'oH puchpa''e' ['nuk.dak zoh puc.paz.zez] Where's the bathroom?
5 nuqDaq 'oH tach'e' ['nuk.dak zoh tac.zez] Where's the bar?
6 tera'ngan Soj lujab'a' [te.raz.fan soj lu.jab.zaz] Do they serve Earth food?
7 qut na' HInob [kut naz hi.nob] Give me the salty crystals
8 qagh Sopbe' [kag sop.bez] He doesn't eat gagh.
9 HIja' / ghobe' [hi.jaz go.bez] Yes/No
10 Dochvetlh vIneH [doc.'vex vi.neh] I want that thing!
11 Hab SoSlI' Quch [hab sos.liz quc] Your mother has a smooth forehead!
12 nuqjatlh [nuk.jax] What did you say?
13 jagh yIbuStaH [jag yi.bus.tah] Concentrate on the enemy!
14 Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam [heg.luz.meh qaq jaj.vam] Today is a good day to die
15 qaStaH nuq jay' [kas.tah nuq jayz] What the #$*@ is happening?
16 wo' batlhvaD [woz bax.vad] For the honor of the Empire!
17 tlhIngan maH [xi.fan mah] We are Klingon!
18 Qapla' [qap.laz] Success!


Aside from two typos, the phrases are all grammtically correct and not just standard phrases copied from the book. The usage of the IPA symbols showing the pronunciation is well done and mostly correct. One replacement proverb that had been discovered at qep'a' 21 in 2014 shows the actuality of the phrases.

Phrase #3 is incomplete, it should be pe'vIl mu'qaDmey tIbach.


1 : 18 Klingon phrases that will save your life one day on wired.com, published 06 Sep 2016

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