Translation:What do you want?
How do beginners know how to pronounce klingnon? Is it similar to English?
Most of the letters are similar to English. The capital letters are actually capitalized as a way to remind you that they are pronounced slightly differently than you might expect. So D is not quite an English "d", S is not quite an English "s", H is not quite an English "h", etc. Also, some of the multigraphs are not present in English. ch is exactly as in English, but gh and tlh don't exist in English at all. Once you've completed a little bit of the phrases and grammar skills, we do have a lesson on the sounds, so that you can start trying to say them out loud. And we do hope to eventually have audio on the course.
Here is a list with some phrases with sound. I hope it helps! =)
From the Klingon Language Institute:
Traditional Greeting (Literally, “What do you want?”, said to someone approaching you, and does not mean “Hello”) : nuqneH
Sounds and Writing:
This is the standard greeting, though, right? Could this also simply be translated as hello?
This is not a standard greeting among Klingons.
Klingons do not greet each other -- they simply come, state their business, and go.
So Klingon does not have words for "hello" or "goodbye".
If a Klingon comes up to you and doesn't say what he wants, you might ask him what he wants: nuqneH? "What do you want?"
So it's a kind of conversation starter.
But it's not a routine phrase, not something to use in every conversation.
It's not equivalent to "hello".
Some materials do translate it like that, and some Earthlings use nuqneH as a greeting, but it's not very Klingon to do so.
See also the tips and notes for the "Useful Phrases" unit, where this is covered.
Interesting how that works. Humans consider it rude to skip connecting with meaningless chatter and personal inquiries before getting to the point. Klingons find it rude (and suspicious) to interrupt important business to have ritualized conversations and pry into their personal lives. Culture is fascinating!
It is, though Klingons act in remarkably human ways, and it is rather surprising that they have never developed ritualized speech, since they do not appear to be opposed to ritual. I would compare the Georgian language, most of whose words for hello, goodbye, thank you, etc, were explained to me as various wishes for victory, which simply became ritualized to be used at various points in an interpersonal interaction. Qapla'! Or maybe გაუმარჯოს!
In some Terran cultures it is uncommon to use the standard greeting even if they have one. Or that greeting is used in rather formal situations, e.g. Chinese 你好 (ni hao), Thai สวัสดี (sawat di), or Burmese မင်္ဂလာပါ (mingalaba) — it is much, much more common to start conversations by asking if people have eaten, where they're going or coming from, what they're doing, if they have already taken a shower, why they're not sleeping yet, etc.
When I had to unlearn saying hello and thank you to everyone and for everything in these languages, I suddenly realized that Klingon isn't all that strange. Klingon thus has helped me with these Asian tongues.
Should not "What is wanted?" be an accepted answer, as this is cited by Okand as the most literal translation (matching the explcit lack of a second person marker)
A fictional language created for an alien race that is one of the most popular villians/foils in the Star Trek TV and movies series. Though it was created for fictional proposes, it is extensive and complex and is counted by most linguists as a real, but invented, language. It does not have a practical purpose in the real world, but can be a fun and challenging hobby.
Я правильно понимаю, что произносится это как Накнэх с ударением на последний слог?
thank you. but if i write in English, you will not understand the question :)
Больше нукнэх чем накнех, я думаю, но эта буква q больше как первая буква в слове Казахстан в казахском языке.
Извините, вы правы. Эта первая главная буква как русский а без ударения.
No fake politeness and shallow interest, seemingly just real talk. If I would have a talent for learning languages, this sounds like the type of language I really would love to learn, but for now, I want to prioritize "real" languages and just have time to have a quick look on other systems. :-(
Just a quick question. Can anyone else hear tue pronunciation of the wordswhen you tap the
No. No one can. The Duolingo administration decided not to provide audio for the Klingon course. The Contributors and Moderators would love to add it and Duolingo is supposedly working on a way we could do it, but at this time, we do not know when or if the audio will be added.
There is a Skill a little bit into the course which teaches the names of the Klingon letters and has a description of the pronunciations in the Tips & Notes, however, that skill also lacks audio.
If you want to check out some ideas for learning the pronunciation, check out the thread at: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26605745
If you want to read about the other known issues in this course, read the post at: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26778885