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  5. "torgh vIyajbe'."

"torgh vIyajbe'."

Translation:I do not understand Torg.

May 19, 2018



Nobody understands Torg. Apparently he is mute.


How do the prefixes and suffixes work? What meaning is given by vl?


Please read the tips and notes before starting a new lesson unit, as these explain basic grammar and sometimes vocabulary presented in that unit.

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The big ones are "no sound" (yet) and the fact that hints don't work properly for words that start with an apostrophe such as 'oH.

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I do not understand anybody! Duo from Android just threw me right in without offering tips. It's all guesswork and errors for now.


Use the web version. You can get tips and audio from there.


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If you click on the Tips button it will reveal the Tips & Notes and give you a detailed explanation of the grammar that is introduced in that Skill.

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"I don't understant Torg" is wrong?


It must be a "d" at the end of "understand". I'm not sure if you made the same mistake on your answer. I don't see any flag reports. As for the contraction "don't", the system should automatically accept it and when I ask the system it tells me that it is accepted. I'll add a variation with the contraction to make sure the system isn't messing up.


I've just hard the same sentence in two variations and neither accepts the reversed sentence order. "Torg, i don't understand" or "I don't understand Torg." I guess the only difference is that the first one addresses Torg, while the second you could be saying to anyone.


Right, the one with the comma is separating Torg's name from the sentence, so it is calling to him and then saying, "I don't understand." In fact, since there is no object (no specified thing that is not being understood), the prefix should have been different. "I don't understand" is jIyajbe'. This prefix indicates that there is no object, so Torg couldn't be the object even if the comma was missing.

There could also be a sentence torgh, vIyajbe' which would be, "Torg, I don't understand it." Here the comma becomes very important because the vI- prefix does allow there to be an object and Torg could be that object except for the comma. But since Torg IS separated by a comma, that object must be something already known by context and we would translate it as "Torg, I don't understand it" (or "him" or "her" or "them").

This post is on a version of the sentence with the vI- prefix indicating there is an object and Torg in that object position with no comma separating him. Thus we should see Torg as the object being referred to by the vI- prefix and the translation is "I don't understand Torg."


A random male Klingon that features prominently in the Duolingo Klingon lessons. The name is listed in the Klingon Dictionary and the English spelling "Torg" comes from there. If you have seen Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, the Klingon leading the boarding party onto the USS Enterprise which then self-destructs, killing all the Klingons onboard, was named torgh. Surely the torgh in this course is a different torgh (or even multiple different torghpu').

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