The Klingon alphabet consists of 26 letters, of which 21 consonants and 5 vowels. When sorting words the alphabetical order known from the latin alphabet is used.

a b ch D e gh H I j l m n ng o p q Q r S t tlh u v w y '

Note that letter combinations representing one sound (ch, gh, ng, tlh) are treated as a single letter.

Letter "names"

The letters do not have any names, but there is a possibility to "pronounce" single letters (instead of saying for instance "capital cue" or "tee-ell-aitch")(1). To form such sound words, there are three rules:
  • Consonants are followed by -ay, e.g. bay, chay, Day, tlhay ...
  • Vowels are preceded by an apostrophe and followed by a t, e.g. 'at, 'et, 'It, 'ot, 'ut
  • The apostrophe is called qaghwI', lit. one who interrupts

Writing Klingon

The following letters are used to write Klingon. Most Klingonists refer to this as pIqaD, although that word originally referred to an unknown writing system.
pIqaD KLI.jpg

See also


1 : Marc Okrand at qep'a' 2009

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