Translation:my name

August 4, 2018



You don't want to know how long I had been assuming that was an l instead of an I. Is there a way to change the font on this site? This isn't the first time i have made that mistake.


I don't know of any way to change the font. Duolingo considers the font to be part of their branding and does everything they can to force you to see this font. I don't know if font changing extensions or apps might help. As you get more used to the language, you will begin to get a feel for where an I might go and where an l might go and it becomes less of a challenge.

For a hint, two vowels can never be next to eachother so if you see something that looks like II, it must be either Il or lI. In addition, every consonant, with some rare exceptions, must have a vowel on one side (or both - and remembering that tlh is one consonant). So if it looks like an l is part of three consonants in a row, it's probably an I.


To "My name is ---" would you say "pongwIj ---"?


jdmcowan 'oH pongwIj'e'. You could also say, pongwIj 'oH jdmcowan'e', but in this unit we only demonstrates it with the name first. The grammar involved is a little complicated and so a full explanation is not given until a later unit. This unit is only intended to give you some phrases you can use right away before we start getting into the details of the grammar.

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I typed pongwid as an answer to "my name" and it accepted it.


Yes. The Duolingo software is very forgiving of single letter typos. Sometimes it will even let you get away with two or three typos. But worse yet, it doesn't always alert you that you had a typo - too often it just says "correct" and moves on.


How you pronunce that?


How you pronunce that?


Very roughly, like "pong-widge" (but the first "o" is closer to that in "phone"; certainly not like the "o" in "wrong").


i don't get it, what indicates "my" and what indicates "name" in this word? or is "my name" a singular word? is there something i'm missing or am i just being stupid?


Rather than using two separate words, Klingon uses a suffix which gets tagged onto the noun. It's very similar to if English wrote "my name" as "namemine". Obviously English and Klingon do this very differently, so it can take a lot of getting used to the Klingon method, but once you get used to it, it is clear and easy to understand. pong is a noun which means "name" (there is also a verb "pong", but let's ignore that for now to keep things simple). To say that it is "mine", you add the suffix -wIj. So pongwIj is a single word made of two parts which means, "my name".

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