Translation:the Klingon consonant ng

August 23, 2018



How do you pronounce? Eun-gae? (purposely typing gay like gae) N-gae? Neug-ay? Thanks


Have you read the Tips? Regarding the ng they say:

ng is said exactly as in English, but many English speakers are not familiar with pronouncing it at the beginning of a word. Put the back of your tongue to the roof of your mouth to make this sound. Please note that this is a single Klingon consonant.

If that doesn't make it clear, here's a technique that sometimes helps:. Say "Wing Ode" (like a poem about a wing). Then run the words together into "wingode". Now hold the "i" sound extra long as in "wiiiiiingode". Finally, stop the "i" sound and take a pause before continuing so it sounds like, "wiii ngode". It should now sound similar to the Klingon phrase wIy ngoD, meaning "tactical display fact".

And if you haven't been reading the Tips I want to make sure you know about them and where to find them.

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Oh! I was wondering where the tips & notes were because after Duolingo changed, I still couldn't find them.



ng is one sound. It is the sound at the end of ring. But try saying it as one sound at the beginning of a word instead of at the end of a word that ends in ng.




ng is the sound that comes at the end of sing, but in Klingon it can come at the beginning of a word. Say sing. Now say it again, but leave off the si. Now say the ay, which sounds like eye.


Is anyone else consistently hearing this as Day?


No, I'm consistently hearing it as {lay}. Still not hearing ngay though.


I'm also hearing lie (phonetically) here. I eventually typed nuq so it would tell me i was wrong (i tried may and then jay on the off chance it was those but got told i was replying in English and not Klingon...)


Male and female both sound fine to me. It takes some time to acclimatize your brain to hear a new sound,and not just map it to something it is used to.


Im annoyed that this keeps taking nay as correct


Jumps on the floor in the green marsuit I AM... NGAAAY...

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