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  5. "You will walk, Torg."

"You will walk, Torg."

Translation:bIyIt, torgh.

April 5, 2018



Here are some hints that may help you tell a capital i apart from a small L in Klingon, apart from the little curl at the bottom of the l (small L) that isn't at the bottom of the I (capital i).

Klingon is pretty strict on consonant and vowel clusters. You can't have two vowels in a row, and you can't have more than two consonants in a row (with three exceptions, none of which involve l, small L, in the middle).

Note that ch gh ng tlh count as single letters in Klingon, so you might have words such as chechtlhutlh (a kind of alcoholic drink) -- that only has two consonants in a row in the middle: a ch next to a tlh.

So every I (capital i) will be next to a consonant on the left and/or the right, and every l (small L) will be next to a vowel on the left and/or the right (or will be part of the spelling of the Klingon letter tlh).

It may also be helpful to know that there is no separate letter h in Klingon; it's only part of the spelling of the letters ch gh tlh.

So if you see tlh with small h, that's the single letter tlh (which has small L in the middle), while if you see tIH with capital H, that's a syllable which starts with the consonant t, has the vowel I (capital i) in the middle, and ends with the consonant H.

Note also that y w ' (wye, double-you, apostrophe) are all consonants in Klingon.

So in bIyIt, you can see that b - y - t are definitely consonants.

This means that the things in between have to be capital i's. You can't have bly with an L in the middle because that would be three consonants in a row, and you can't have ylt with an L in the middle because that would also be three consonants in a row. But you can't have three consonants in the row with the middle one being an l, small-L.

(If you're curious: the only cases where you can have three in a row are when the first two are either w' or y' or rgh*.)

It may also help to know that Klingon syllables (and also words) usually end in a consonant -- so if something looks like a | at the end of a word, it's probably a small-L rather than a capital-i.

The main exception for syllables ending in a vowel is verb prefixes such as bI- or jI- or Da-.


How very frustrating. There needs to be some way to identify whether these are i or L. On the second run through I figured out that they are both i's


If you're using the website, you should be able to see the small curl at the bottom of an L; an i is missing that curl.

Compare I l.

I don't know what it's like in the mobile app, but I'd recommend against using that anyway.


Apparently the second "l" is actually a capital "i". blyIt


There are no L's in bIyIt at all, only two capital i's.


it might also help to try font changer. See if other fonts make it easier to read


How do you apply a font changer?


Guys if someone have the trouble of Blylt and says it is wrong the "l" are really "i" but bigger "I" See the difference I and with l


Guys if someone have the trouble of Blylt and says it is wrong the "l" are really "i" but bigger "I"

Yes - the second and the fourth letters are I, i.e. capital i.

And the first letter is a b (lowercase!).

In all, it's bIyIt (not Blylt nor BIyIt).


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