Numbers

Like many other languages, Klingon knows numbers going from 0-9, i.e. it uses a decimal system. In older times a ternary system (i.e. base 3) was used, but after prolonged contact with other cultures the more widely used decimal system was adopted(1).

Number Name
0 pagh
1 wa'
2 cha'
3 wej
4 loS
5 vagh
6 jav
7 Soch
8 chorgh
9 Hut

There are special words that work like suffixes for powers of ten. They are never used alone, however, but only in combination with other numbers 1-9. In paq'batlh, SaD law' was used to say "thousands". You can not say SaDmey or vatlhmey etc. (2)

Power Number word
101 10 -maH
102 100 -vatlh
103 1 000 -SaD / -SanID
104 10 000 -netlh
105 100 000 -bIp
106 1 000 000 -'uy'
107 10 000 000 -maH'uy' / -vatlhbIp
108 100 000 000 -vatlh'uy' / -SaDbIp / -SanIDbIp(3)
109 1 000 000 000 -Saghan(4)
1010 10 000 000 000 -maHSaghan / -netlh'uy'
1011 100 000 000 000 -vatlhSaghan / -bIp'uy'
1012 1 000 000 000 000 -SaDSaghan / -SanIDSaghan

For some unknown reason there are two words for 1000, both are used equally(5).

Punctuation

The word vI' (decimal mark) is used when spelling out decimal numbers. In much of the English-speaking world this is written as a period (.) while the rest of the world uses a comma (,). We do not know how this is written in native Klingon script.

There is another word used for separating coordinates, usually translated as "mark", DoD. It was used in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

He pagh pagh pagh DoD cha' yInab
Set a course to zero zero zero mark two

Examples

Number Translation
10 'wa'maH
23 cha'maH wej
100 wa'vatlh
500 401 vaghbIp loSvatlh wa'
3.14159 wej vI' wa' loS wa' vagh Hut

See also

References

1 : The Klingon Dictionary 5.2. p. 52

2 : qepHom 2019

3 : qep'a' 2020

4 : qep'a' 2019

5 : The Klingon Dictionary 5.2. p. 53

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