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TalkNow! Learn Klingon

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Cover of CD-version
TalkNow is a language learning software, also available with Klingon(1). It is published by the experienced language-teaching company EuroTalk. It was translated by Jonathan Brown, who sent his translations to Marc Okrand to have them checked. Marc replied by approving many of the translations, although for some he returned his own translation, some of which contained new words or were new expressions. Because of this vetting, it is considered part of canon. Available since October 2011 through Amazon or directly from the publisher's homepage EuroTalk. It is available as a CD-ROM and as a download and works with Windows and Mac and the user language can be switched at any time.

The program contains an exercise area that teaches the words with images and sound. A game area with different levels of difficulty will teach the words during a game. You can stop the quiz at any time and continue later.

Versions

There are three versions available, the contents of two of which are identical: a Download version and a CD-ROM version. The major difference is only the look of the software.

The third version is an iOS version called uTalk Klingon(2).

The Android version of uTalk does not have Klingon as an option.

Critics

+ Beginners will enjoy this software, because it contains the basics of Klingon. The advanced speaker will also enjoy it, as it contains many new expressions and words we haven't heard of before.

- The pronunciation is not perfect, especially with Q pronounced as H, and j prounced as zh, and some more.

- Some of the given translations are a bit awkward, because of the very Terran based vocabulary. For instance, "please" is translated as qatlhobneS but that does not mean it is now the only way to say that, it's just a possibility.

Vocabulary

The words shown in the app are all the same no matter which language it is. There are 9 different topics:
topic entries new words and expressions
1. First words 44 entries 2 real new + 15 compounds
2. Food 41 entries 19
3. Colours 12 entries 0 new + 6 new compounds
4. Phrases 29 entries
5. Body 18 entries none
6. Numbers 21 entries none
7. Time 36 entries interesting examples of usage
8. Shopping 49 entries 1 new + 33 compounds
9. Countries 24 entries 24 new

1. First words

Some of these words were given in a plural form, but for continuity, this page lists the singular forms. Simple and basic words (like HIja' and so on) are omitted in this list.

Topic # Klingon Translation literal translation
1 25 ropyaH qach hospital sickbay building
1 26 nuch Hergh Aspirin/Tylenol coward medicine
1 27 ra'wI' lupwI' taxi commander's transporter
1 28 beylI' bank ALERT! (new)
1 29 leng buq suitcase travel bag
1 30 leng chaw' passport travel permission
1 31 Huch chaw' credit card money permit
1 32 ngaQHa'moHwI' key thing that does onlock
1 33 qam Do Duj bicycle foot speed vessel
1 34 puH Duj car land vessel
1 35 lupwI' bus transporter
1 36 muD Duj airplane atmosphere vessel
1 37 lupwI' mIr train chain of transporters
1 38 bIQ Duj boat/ship water vessel
1 39 bIQ'a' HeH beach oceans border
1 41 juH qach house home building
1 43 bIQ ghaywI' pa' shower water sparkling room (ALERT! new: ghay)

2. Food

All of the Terran fruit and vegetable names are basically transcriptions of the English names, plus the identifier naH fruit, vegetable or 'oQqar root, tuber. Some definitions were given in a plural form ("strawberries") but the following list is in all singular for better overview.

Topic # Klingon Translation Source
2 1 taj knife TKD
2 2 puq chonnaQ fork st.k
2 3 baghneQ spoon st.k
2 4 jengva' plate KGT
2 5 Dargh HIvje' jengva' je
2 6 tIr ngogh bread TalkNow
2 7 HIvje' mug / cup
2 8 Duq bowl
2 9 HIvje' glass
2 10 qo'la' 'awje' cola TalkNow
2 11 -
2 12 ray' tIr rice TalkNow
2 13 -
2 14 tomat naH tomato TalkNow
2 15 meyIS tIr sweet corn TalkNow
2 16 menggho' naH mango TalkNow
2 17 -
2 18 -
2 19 banan naH banana TalkNow
2 20 'epIl naH apple TalkNow
2 21 qe'rot 'oQqar carrot TalkNow
2 22 per naH pear TalkNow
2 23 Su'ghar qutmey sugar TalkNow
2 24 nIm tlhagh butter TalkNow
2 25 Sutra'ber naH strawberry TalkNow
2 26 'anyan 'oQqar onion TalkNow
2 27 -
2 28 -
2 29 -
2 30 -
2 31 raSber naH raspberry TalkNow
2 32 ghIrep naH grape TalkNow
2 33 -
2 34 patat 'oQqar potato TalkNow
2 35 gharlIq 'oQqar garlic TalkNow
2 36 -
2 37 pItSa' chab pizza TalkNow
2 38 -
2 39 -
2 40 pIlam naH plum TalkNow
2 41 -

3. Colors

Topic entry Klingon Translation literal translation source
3 1 Doq red TKD
3 2 SuD green TKD
3 3 SuD 'ej wov light blue SuD and bright TalkNow
3 4 SuD yellow TKD
3 5 Doq orange TKD
3 6 Doq 'ej wovbe' brown Doq and not bright TalkNow
3 7 Doq 'ej SuD violett Doq and SuD TalkNow
3 8 qIj black black TKD
3 9 qIj 'ej wov grey black and bright TalkNow
3 10 chIS white white TKD
3 11 Doqqu' 'ej wov pink very Doq and bright TalkNow
3 12 SuD 'ej Hurgh dark blue SuD and dark TalkNow

4. Phrases

This category contains 30 common sentences, like "What time is it?" or "Where can I park my car?" Some sentences contain new noun combinations.

5. Body Parts

The list of 18 body parts does not contain any new or special information.

6. Numbers

This category contains the numbers zero to twenty without any relevant new information.

7. Telling time

In this category, 36 times are named in the 12-hour system and in the 24-hour system, such as wa'vatlh rep (1:00 h) and wa'maH wejvatlh rep (13:00 h).

  • There is an inconsitency observed in conntecting vatlh to its counting number.
  • When naming the minutes, one does not use the hour labeling vatlh any more if the 12-hour system is used:
    • vagh pagh vagh rep five zero five hours = 5:05 h
    • wa'maH Sochvatlh vagh rep seventeen hundred five hours = 17:05 h
    • jav wa'maH vagh rep six fifteen hours = 6:15 h
    • Hut wa'maH rep nine ten hours = 9:10 h

8. Shopping

Topic # Klingon Translation literal translation
8 1 ngeHmeH QIn nav postcard paper message to be sent [first version]
8 1 QIn 'echletHom postcard message card [newer version]
8 2 mIn QanwI' nguv sunglasses tinted eye protector
8 3 HIjmeH chaw' stamp permission to send
8 4 yIvbeH shirt tunic
8 5 mong Ha'quj tie neck Ha'kuj
8 6 yopwaH pants pants
8 7 wep coat, jacket coat
8 8 paH bID skirt half dress
8 9 paH robe dress
8 10 ghItlhwI' pen writing tool
8 11 Say'moHwI' tlhagh soap cleaning fat
8 12 -
8 13 yIvbeH SeQHa' T-shirt informal tunic
8 14 yopwaH bID shorts half pants
8 15 -
8 16 cha''etlh pe'wI' scissors tow-bladed cutter
8 17 nav qatwI' envelope paper wrapper
8 18 -
8 19 -
8 20 -
8 21 rol taj razor beard knife
8 22 wuS rItlh naQ lipstick lips painting stick
8 23 De' chu' ghItlh newspaper new data manuscript
8 24 SIS yoD umbrella rain(ing) shield
8 25 -
8 26 qul naQ match fire sticks
8 27 wovmoHwI' moQ light bulb illuminator ball
8 28 Ho'Du' Say'moHwI' tlhagh tooth paste teeth cleaner fat
8 29 Ho' teywI' tooth brush tooth scraper
8 30 jIb Ho'Du' hair cumb hair teeth
8 31 jIb yachwI' hair brush hair petter
8 32 QaDmoHwI' DIr towel dryer skin
8 33 De' jengva' compact disc, CD data plate
8 34 -
8 35 'ul Sech torch electricity torch
8 36 mIl'oD ngeb teddy bear fake bear
8 37 wab qoSta' 'aplo' cassette sound ribbon container
8 38 QujmeH moQ football playing ball
8 39 mIllogh qonwI' camera image recorder
8 40 wab HevwI' radio sound receiver
8 41 HaSta jIH television display monitor
8 42 -
8 43 -
8 44 Se'tu' saucepan ALERT! (new)
8 45 Sut HabmoHwI' iron clothing smoothener
8 46 DIr QanwI' taS suntan lotion skin protector solution
8 47 mIllogh qonwI' qoSta' foto film image recorder ribbon ALERT! (new: qoSta')
8 49 'ul 'aplo' battery electricity container

9. Country names

Most of the transcriptions of Terran country names are based on the name in the country's language (compare Germany DoyIchlan = "Deutschland").
G N Klingon English
9 1 'aSralya' Australia
9 2 qa'naDa' Canada
9 3 jungwoq China
9 4 Denmargh Denmark
9 5 maSIr Egypt
9 6 SuwomIy Finland
9 7 vIraS France
9 8 DoyIchlan Germany
9 9 'elaDya' Greece
9 10 maDyar Hungary
9 11 barat India
9 12 yISra'el Israel
9 13 'Italya' Italy
9 14 nIpon Japan
9 15 nu'SIylan New Zealand
9 16 noregh Norway
9 17 portughal Portugal
9 18 raSya' Russia
9 19 'eSpanya' Spain
9 20 Suverya' Sweden
9 21 ne'Derlan The Netherlands
9 22 turIqya' Turkey
9 23 tuqjIjQa' United Kingdom
9 24 'amerI'qa' SepjIjQa' United States of America

Details

Marc Okrand & Jonathan Brown
Release date: 2011
ISBN-10: 1846066069

See also

References

1 : http://eurotalk.com/us/store/learn/klingon/talknowdl/dl

2 : https://itunes.apple.com/il/app/utalk-klingon/id519666148

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