How Do I say... "Thank you"

We all know that Klingons are usually very straightforward. They never use terran phrases like "please", "good morning", or "thank you" (1) (2). But that does not mean that they are impolite. They just think it is not necessary.


There is a verb tlho' thank, but Klingons would not use it in every day speech. You may "thank" somebody if he saved your life, but not for passing you the salt.

To form a sentence with this word, you need to add the prefix qa- I-you to the verb and you get qatlho' I thank you. When addressing multiple people, the prefix Sa- I-you (plural) should be used.

qatlho' is used in paq'batlh, so its usage is canon. However, it is not clear in which situations it should be used, so try not to use it too often. It has been also heard on screen few times (3), or written in books like kadlo.


This other expression means literally Well done! (4). It's probably the better way to say "thank you" in daily use. (5)


Okrand has used this word a couple of times. It means literally "You honor me". As with qatlho', it probably shouldn't be used too often.

The form tuquvmoH is used when addressing multiple people.

See also


1 : Conversational Klingon

2 : Star Trek: Enterprise, episode "Broken Bow"

3 : Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode(?)

4 : The Klingon Dictionary p. 185

5 : Deep Space Nine episode 2x19 "Blood Oath"

Category: Vocabulary    Latest edit: 27 Oct 2021, by FergusQ    Created: 16 Apr 2014 by KlingonTeacher
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