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"matIn, Sumach."

Translation:We are big; you are small.

June 25, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nutellaella2019

Why is Duolingo teaching us to bully people on the shorter side of the height spectrum?


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

The sentence is just a statement; it doesn't imply that "big" is better or worse than "small".


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

Yet there is no corresponding mamach, SutIn sentence in the course, and most sentences of this type have the speaker being bigger, better, or more capable than anyone else. I have also noticed the bias of this course to put the speaker in an apparently superior position at all times.


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

It seems like a very Klingon bias to me.


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

That occurred to me, but I've always preferred to believe that the Klingons aren't a monoculture who always act and speak in a stereotypical way. Okrand encourages us to consider this in Klingon for the Galactic Traveler, wherein he has an entire chapter called "The Fiction of Klingon Conformity." I am also reminded of one issue of HolQeD, whose cover showed a Klingon man tenderly holding and looking at his Klingon baby — and why shouldn't he?


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

Would you like to propose some additions?

I know that when I was trying to come up with sentences, I often ran out of imagination for how to use those words we were trying to teach. I didn't plan things out to be balanced or didactical so there are surely faults there.

Having others come up with lists of sentences that would round out the course and make it better would be very welcome.


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

I can write sentences till the targs come home. I just don't know what vocabulary I'm allowed to work with at which points.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nutellaella2019

OMG geez, I was making a joke people!


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

I don't think we are taking it as seriously as you assume. That is how you enjoy yourself, this is how we enjoy ourselves. It's all good. What we really look forward to is when we can debate with you in tlhIngan Hol!

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