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"Yes, Sir!"

Translation:HISlaH, qaH!

May 7, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidTrimb3

Students should note that HISlaH, qaH or HIja', qaH can only be used to answer a yes/no question. If you are ordered to do something, the correct response is lu', qaH or luq, qaH, which mean Yes, sir in the sense of okay, sir, I'll do that


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeeGOgletree

Thank you, David. This would be a way to express agreement, with someone whom you respect. Right?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidTrimb3

It doesn't necessarily imply respect. Calling someone qaH or sir just shows acknowledgement of the addressee's superior station.

It's also more than just agreement. It's an answer to a yes/no question. If your superior told you, Ha'! matlhutlhnIS Come on! We need to drink, you wouldn't agree by saying HISlaH, qaH; you'd say lu', qaH Okay, sir.*

Note also that qaH is gender-neutral, while sir is usually masculine. Whereas in English we might address a woman as madam or ma'am instead of sir, in Klingon she is still qaH. I wonder if this course considers that possibility?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

I believe it only accepts "sir" for qaH so far.

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