Radio Times

UK Cover
The phrase Radio Times is used to refer to a piece of canon found in the book published by a premier British television magazine, "Official Collecter's Edition: Star Trek 30 Years" of 1996, where there is an article written by Christopher Bland, entitled "Let's talk Klingon". It gives a good bit of background information on the nature and origins of the Klingon language, based around a fair interview with Marc Okrand. That's why these phrases are considered as canon.

Radio Times had published a special 168 page book for the price of 6.99 pounds sterling. It includes a series of interviews with cast and production staff, information on various people connected with the series, and the - at that time - most up-to-date listing of episodes and movies one has ever seen in one place.

The most interesting bit from the Klingonist's viewpoint is a 4-page spread where Okrand is interviewed. It mentions some interesting facts about the language's origin (based on influences from American Indian, Chinese, and Southeast Asian languages) as taken from James Doohan and Mark Lenard. The Klingon Language Institute has been mentioned as well, and also Glen Proechel's summer language camps, and of the various Klingon language products available. There is even a discussion of 'klingonaase', which Okrand seems to like. He says that it's good to see that people are realising that in an 'Empire', there would be more than one language form.

Klingon phrases from the book

It also has the following special feature section:

Speaking Klingon
Ten Klingon Phrases Created Exclusively for U.K. Trekkers!

You won't find any of these phrases in "The Klingon Dictionary" or in any of the Star Trek films or episodes. We asked the inventor himself, Marc Okrand, to translate these phrases specifically for Radio Times readers. He has also provided the literal translations. tIv! (Enjoy!)

Phrase Klingon Literal Translation
1. We are U.K. Klingons! wo' tay' tlhInganpu' maH! We are together Empire Klingons!
2. Come along then. Ha'. Let's go.
3. Give us a kiss, love. HIchop, bang. Bite me, love.
4. Spot of tea? Dargh DaneH'a'? Do you want tea?
5. Beam me up, mate. HIjol, jup. Beam me up, friend.
6. Not bloody likely! ghaytanHa' jay'! Not &*@%# likely!
7. Be quick about it. tugh. Hurry up.
8. Cricket, please. DaH ghew yIQuj. Play bug now.
9. Let's go to the pub. tach vI'el. HItlhej. I am going to the bar. Accompany me.
10. What has Lady Di done now? DaH nuq ta'pu' Day joH? What has Lord/Lady Di accomplished now?


  • At the release of the book in 1996 it seemed clear for some people that they had received a canon phrase for the UK, wo' tay', but others argued that it may or may not be the name for the UK.(1) It was with the release of the Talk Now Software in 2011 that the word tuqjIjQa' was revealed to mean "United Kingdom".
  • Some people do not like the rendition of "cricket", because the game has nothing to do with the insect "cricket" (ghew).


Apparently, there is a difference between a book and a magazine edition. [citation needed]

The TV magazine has a two page spread with just examples, the 30th Anniversary Special has the interview with Okrand on four pages.

Title of the article: "Handy Klingon Phrases"
(obvious typos have been corrected)

English phrase Klingon Pronunciation hint Note
Hello. (literally, "What do you want?") nuqneH (nook-NEKH) Hello
Beam me up. HIjol (KHI-jol)
Live long and prosper. yIn nI' yISIQ 'ej yIchep (yin nil ya-SHEEKH ledj ya-CHEP) This was the first appearance of this phrase.
May your blood scream. 'IwlIj jachjaj (euw-lidge jatch-jadge)
Where is the bathroom? nuqDaq 'oH puchpa''e' (nook-DAK och pooch-pa! eh?)

See also


1 : Message to the list by David Trimboli, 5 Sep 1996

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