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  5. "bIpuvlaH'a'?"


Translation:Can you fly?

November 23, 2018



najmeywIjDaq, jIpuvlaH. :-)


naj is a verb. This doesn't work.

There is a canonical model you can follow: bInajtaHvIS qeylIS Daghomjaj May you encounter Kahless in your dreams. (Power Klingon)

So you can say jInajtaHvIS jIpuvlaH I can fly in my dreams; While I'm dreaming, I can fly.


Ah, darn. Oh well, one often learns a language best by trying - and making errors. :-)

I find it hard to believe there is no Klingon noun meaning 'dream'! But, I suppose I should have taken a clue from the fact that both sources I checked list it as a verb, but not as a noun. Although, your own boQwI' does give the example qul naj, a noun (and famous Klingon novel) meaning 'The Dream of the Fire' (3 separate sources) - meaning that we do have one canonical literary example. (Of course, literary examples are subject to artistic influences and potential language evolution over time, and thus, are not suitable as actual grammatical rules.) :-)

At any rate, pending any further discussion of qul naj, I'll make a note of all of this. qatlho', David, for your amazing boQwI' app!


I'm not sure why Federation Standard prefers to translate that book title as "The Dream of the Fire" since clearly it should be "He Dreams of Fire".


Real world explanation: The English version came first, using a noun that doesn't appear in Klingon, so a change had to be made.

Fictional world explanation: People change titles of works all the time to better fit the style of the target language, because an audience using that language will not find it awkward or odd. In English it is far more common to use a noun phrase as a title than a sentence, so it should be no surprise that the translator of qul naj chose to turn the title into a noun phrase.


jIyaj! It's still interesting that there is no noun for 'dream'. And, of course, we're talking about an English translation of a Klingon title, really. Nevertheless, this is all good information for a student of Klingon to know, so I'm still glad I asked - and glad I made the original error that brought us to this conversation! There is always worth in errors. :-)


Wrong David :) https://www.duolingo.com/dlyongemallo is the David behind boQwI'.


That David goes by De'vID in Klingon circles; I go by SuStel.


Oh! Sorry! I guess I just assumed it was the same De'vID, since the name was mentioned here, and David hangs out here. Thanks for the correction. A lingot for each of you, anyway. :)

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