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"mI' wa'DIch 'oH wa''e'."

Translation:One is the first number.

July 3, 2019

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

It kind of makes sense to say this in English since to a non-native speaker "one" and "first" don't seem to have anything to do with each other until you know their meaning. In Klingon, however, it seems like it's almost a non-statement, since wa'DIch literally contains wa'.

Another example of this I've seen in previous lessons is leng lengwI', which I suppose makes as little sense to say in English as it does in Klingon.

July 3, 2019

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

Sometimes the whole point of a sentence like this is just to make the users go, "Oh, right, of course!"

July 3, 2019

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

It's not that it doesn't make sense to say it, it's just that you're stating the obvious. Sometimes you might do this for rhetorical effect: Haters gonna hate. Sometimes you're speaking to children: A painter paints.

You can take this further in Klingon: Quch QuchwI' Quch Quch Quch The happy person's happy forehead is happy.

July 4, 2019
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