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  5. "vIlaDlaH."


Translation:I can read it.

May 3, 2019



I have two questions: Why is it vllaDlaH and not jllaDlaH? And when do I use capital letters in general?


Some letters in Klingon are always lowercase: a b ch e gh j l m n ng o p r t tlh u v w y. They're lowercase even at the beginning of a sentence or at the beginning of a person's name.

Some are always uppercase: D H I S. They're uppercase even in the middle or at the end of a word.

(This also means that if you see the sequence ngh in a word, it has to be n + gh and cannot be ng + h, because lowercase h isn't a letter in Klingon.)

And then there are the two letters q and Q, which are separate letters in Klingon, though in English they differ only by capitalisation. And the apostrophe ' which is a letter in Klingon but doesn't have a case in English.

Two letters to pay particular attention to are l (small ell) versus I (capital eye). The small L should have a little curl at the bottom in Duolingo's font, while the capital i should be completely straight.

The prefixes jI- and vI- both have a capital i, not a small L.

jI- indicates that the subject is "I" and that there is no object.

vI- indicates that the subject is "I" and that the object is one of "him, her, it, them".

So jIlaDlaH. is "I can read." while vIlaDlaH. is "I can read it." or "I can read them."


Wonderful! Thanks a lot! This is very helpful! jIyaj.


This information is explained in the Tips & Notes, which makes me wonder if you've found them yet. I know it’s a lot of new information and some details are bound to slip through the memory. However, since Duolingo has hidden the Tips & Notes I want to make sure you know about them and where to find them. If you have not been reading the Tips & Notes, I would like to ask that you review those so we don’t have to repeat too much of the information that we have explained there.

If you are doing the course on iOS or Android, you cannot currently access the Tips & Notes through the app. To access the Tips & Notes, you will have to access the course using a web browser at https://www.duolingo.com/. You can still do it on your mobile device, but you will have to use the web browser instead of the app (or you can do it from a computer). When you click on a Skill, it will expand to reveal a Start button and a Tips button

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. If you have questions after reading the Tips & Notes for any Skills, then please return to the forum to ask your question, explaining what you didn’t understand or what seems contradictory to you.


Thanks a lot for the hint! I have indeed not known there were tips and notes yet, since i use the app. This is really helpful. So far I have half guessed, half combined the grammar from the exercises. This will help me understand the languages much better!


I would argue that having this information in the tips and notes allows us easier access, despite Duolingo keeping it from the app. I make my 10 minutes of this a priority, but going out of my way to find the notes is something I haven't managed to do because, ya know, life. I'm always glad when someone asks here and gets a thorough explanation!


Thank you very much.


the no object/object prefixes are going to be the death of me


I picked up those prefixes easily, but I got stumped on some of the others like cho- vs. che- etc. I found it helpful to make up a mnemonic based on reading the prefix chart across, e.g. the he/she/it subject line mu-, Du- is like English "Muddy" but also the Du is "you singular" in German (maybe intentional?). The "they" subject line is like a Greek word, or "Moonie" in English, and "New Lee" for the rest of the line (mu- nI- nu- lI-). Yes, the I is an "ih" sound and not an "ee" but I found it useful. Also I left out the lu- in that line ("they do it to him/her/it") because that prefix was introduced by itself previously so it was easy to memorize without any mnemonic. DuraS luSuv SuvwI'pu' :)

I haven't figured out mnemonics for all of them yet, but as for qa-, jIyIntaHvIS not vIlIj ("I'll never forget" the qa-) as it is used in the Klingon Rick Roll parody, and Sa- for I -> y'all which resembles the Su- where y'all is the subject and there is no object.

Great course, Satlho'! :)

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