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Klingon for Beginners

klingon-for-the-galactic-travelerI believe the pinnacle of intellectual pursuits for a diehard Star Trek fan is to become fully fluent in Klingon. No, really. From simple greetings at conventions to handing detailed conversations, Klingon speakers litter the globe, and, according to the Guinness book of world records, it is the most widely spoken fictional language in the world.

Should you wish to learn tlhIngan Hol (that’s Klingon), it is best to start with the basics such as – “nuqneH” (What do you want?), bIjatlh ‘e’ yImev (Shut Up!), and the ever important Heghlu’meH QaQ jajvam (Today is a good day to die), before moving onto the wealth of Klingon translations available to the modern Klingon scholar.

To assist meek humans in mastering this alien tongue, I’ve selected a number of books to help you on your way:

Klingon 101
Klingon Dictionary
The perfect place to begin, learn the Klingon translations to everyday English words

Klingon for the Galactic Traveler
The next step in your Klingon education, includes some common Klingon phrases, history and differing dialect very useful for your first trip to Qo’noS (the Klingon homeworld)

klingon-hamletKlingon Pronunciation
Conversational Klingon
Picks up where the Klingon dictionary leaves off, Conversational Klingon includes more words and phrases, proper pronunciation and voice inflection as well as sample conversations between Klingons.

Star Trek: Power Klingon: Mastering the Language of Warriors
The sequel to Conversational Klingon, a more in-depth study of the language.

Klingon Culture
Once you have the basics down you can fully emerse yourself into Klingon Culture

The Klingon Way
A collection of Klingon adages, in Klingon and English, for contemplation by peaceful races.

The Klingon Hamlet
The Tragedy of Khamlet, Son of the Emperor of Qo’nos in its original Klingon verse, aguably the most popular play from Klingon Bard Wil’yam Shex’pir. (see Star Trek VI if you have to ask)

tao-te-ching-KlingonMuch Ado about Nothing (paghmo’ tIn mIS )
The Restored Klingon text for another of the Bard’s famous plays.

The Epic Gilgamesh (ghIlghameS)
Klingon Translation of the epic Sumerian poem of Gilgamesh

Tao Te Ching
Now the gentle Taoist philosophy can be enjoyed by science fiction’s most famous alien warrior race.

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