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External Resources for New Klingon Learners

tlhIngan Hol ghojwI’pu’vaD (To students of Klingon): If you find this course even half as fun and rewarding as I do, you’ll have a great experience working through the Duolingo exercises. Below is a collection of external resources that you may find useful.

Electronic Resources

Hol ‘ampaS https://hol.kag.org

The Hol 'ampaS is a fantastic resource of first resort for vocabulary with robust definitions and etymology. It also has a bunch of helpful guides, including basic Klingon grammar and lessons for beginners, as well as games, flashcards and other fun activities. I find this site particularly helpful when I’m trying to understand the difference between related Klingon words.

The boQwI’ app

The boQwI’ app is available in the iOS and Android app stores. The definitions aren’t always as detailed as the ones you’ll find on Hol ‘ampaS, but it’s a really fast and convenient way to look up words, and the side bar charts are very helpful. For reference on a mobile device, this is a great place to start.

The Klingon Language Institute https://www.kli.org

The KLI provides a community of Klingon speakers and offers an Introduction to Klingon course with paid membership. It also has resources for local Klingon activities, as well as a store that offers classic texts in Klingon such as Sun Tzu’s Art of War (translated by Agniezska Solska), compendiums of original work in Klingon called jetmey, and HolQed, the institute's quarterly journal.

Flashcard Collections

There are many wonderful resources for learning Klingon vocabulary online, including courses on Memrise, Anki, and Quizlet. Of those, I'm most familiar with the resources available on Memrise:

  • Perhaps most relevant for Duolingo learners is @thaigomato11's course based on Michael Lubetsky's Duolingo vocabulary decks, available at: https://www.memrise.com/course/5754992/duolingo-klingon/
  • Another excellent starting point for newer learners is the KLCP 1 deck, available at: https://www.memrise.com/course/5754992/duolingo-klingon/. This course contains the roughly 500 words tested in the first level of the KLI's Klingon Language Certification Program. There is some overlap with Duolingo vocabulary, but Duo learners will encounter new words here as well.
  • For intermediate learners, the KLCP 2 deck may be useful. It contains roughly 1100 of the words that are included in the second KLCP exam, excepting those that students have already learned in the first level: https://app.memrise.com/course/1314909/klcp2/.

Facebook Groups

Among the most active corners of the Klingon Internet are the Learn Klingon Facebook Groups, run by the KLI. The English group is the most active, followed by German (which consists of two groups), French, and then Spanish.

KLI Discord Server https://www.kli.org/members-only/discord-chat-server/

Available only to registered guests and members, the KLI discord server can be a great place for tlhIngan Hol chats and discussion.

Klingon Wiki http://www.klingonwiki.net

The Klingon Wiki is a broadly sourced and wide ranging collection of articles contributed in English, German, Dutch, French, and Spanish. Like the Facebook Groups, the English and German pages are the most active, comprising roughly 1300 articles each as of November 2019, followed by Dutch with 168 pages, French with 127, and Spanish with 66. I find the unofficial compendium of Klingon language puns to be particularly helpful for studying vocabulary: http://klingon.wiki/En/Puns

Klingonska Akademien http://klingonska.org/

It's no longer updated and may lack recent developments, but the Klingonska Akademien is a helpful compendium of resources, including the Klingon canon, an introduction to pIqaD (the Klingon writing system), and basic grammar guides. Two of my favorite pages on this site are the suffix guide at http://klingonska.org/dict/suffix.html, and the guide to colors at http://klingonska.org/ref/color.html

Duolingo forums

There’s a ton of accumulated knowledge in these forums. For example, I’m pretty sure the leading Klingonists explained the use of the suffix -‘e’ in several different ways before it finally clicked for me. If something is giving you trouble, consider searching the forums to see different ways that students have asked about it.

Keyboards

There are two types of keyboards for Klingon learners. The pIqaD apps or extensions allow you to work with the Klingon writing system, while the quja' is a latin-based keyboard that is optimized for Klingon (for example, by maintaining proper capitalization, and providing keys for di- and tri-glyphs).

  • On Android, there are pIqaD and quja’ keyboards available via the AnySoftKeyboard extension.
  • On iOS, the App Store offers a pIqaD app, but I’m not aware of any quja’ options.

Print Resources

Original Canon by Dr. Okrand

  • The Klingon Dictionary (TKD)
  • Klingon for the Galactic Traveler (KGT)
  • The Klingon Way (TKW)

These are the original texts for Klingon learners. TKD lays out the basics and contains many very useful tables, though it can be a bit dense for new learners, so reading it cover to cover isn't necessary at first. KGT provides more cultural context, as well as an introduction to regional dialectic differences. TKW is a fun and engaging collection of Klingon Proverbs, and provides a lot of cultural context for the use of Klingon language. All of these books are widely available from booksellers including Amazon.

KLI books https://www.kli.org/activities/merchandise/

The KLI store is another great resource for Klingon texts. Leading speakers here suggest starting with the Tao Te Ching or the Art of War (both translated by Agniezska Solska), while intermediate learners might enjoy Gilgamesh (translated by Roger Cheesbro).

December 21, 2019

60 Comments


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

this laungue is super hard


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

I don't know if you've been reading the Tips, but trying to do it without the Tips is particularly hard.

Duolingo has hidden the Tips, so I want to make sure you know about them and where to find them. If you have not been reading the Tips, I would like to suggest that you review those.

If you are doing the course on iOS or Android, you cannot currently access the Tips through the app. To access the Tips, 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 and give you a detailed explanation of the grammar that is introduced in that Skill. If you have questions after reading the Tips for any Skills, we are happy to answer your questions, but many of your questions will probably already be answered in the Tips.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cathy521087

I didn't find out about the tips until I was 6 months in. It's possible to learn without them but they were enlightening and definitely worth reading.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cathy521087

That's what makes it super fun to learn


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

It can definitely be difficult at first, in part because Dr. Okrand designed Klingon to be grammatically very unfamiliar. yIjeghQo’! bIvumqu’chugh vaj bIQap! (Do not give up! If you work hard, you will succeed!)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kazumi-Matsumoto

Kiss the klingon language :kiss:


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

Wow u have lot of language , Can u remember all actually ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/le_tra-jeudi

thanks! ill be using these soon- i just started learning klingon yesterday


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

maj! pe’vIl yIHaD ‘ej yItIv! (Good! Study forcefully and enjoy!)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kazumi-Matsumoto

majQa' Cait. pe'vIl tlhIngan Hol yIghoj 'ej pe'vIl tlhInganHol yIqeq. Meeoooooouuuw.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/le_tra-jeudi

Kazumi, since you didn’t include a translation I tried to translate it using the duo’s dictionary on every word. Are you saying “learn Klingon forcefully and train Klingon forcefully”?? I don’t know what the first part means either


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

The first part means "Well done, Cait." Kazumi has a habit of calling people by names that don't match what they're calling themselves in a particular forum.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kazumi-Matsumoto

Yes lol. It is mean learn very hard.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cathy521087

Really helpful thankyou :-D


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

I'm so glad to hear it and you're very welcome!


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

I have been watching Star Trek since I was two. I think Its about time for me to fully learn klingon.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cathy521087

Definitely! Welcome :-D the Klingon for wolf is ngavyaw' .... Just thought you might like to know xx


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/le_tra-jeudi

Oh that's epic, I'm saving Star Trek for once I've made enough progress in Klingon to be able to understand it ngavyaw' sounds like an onomatopoeia


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

In that case, perhaps some advanced warning is in order:

There is no Klingon spoken in TOS.
The movies have good Klingon in them, but really only 3, 5, and 6, plus a tiny bit in 1 and the reboots.
TNG, DS9, and VOY have pretty bad Klingon. Some of the words have been retrofitted into the language, but they usually just made stuff up and didn't give the actors any help figuring out how to pronounce Klingon.
Enterprise is a mixed bag - if I remember correctly it got better later in the series.
Discovery worked hard on having good Klingon in the first couple seasons.

It's fun to understand the Klingon where it's done well!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/le_tra-jeudi

oh, i didn't know, thank you though!


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

You’re very welcome — I hope it’s helpful.


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

tlhIngan Hol ghojlu'meH lI' De'vam. naDev DaboSmo' bIquv.


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

choquvmoH. vuymo’ jIbel.


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

Dojqu' mIrlIj. mIrlIj nI' law' DIS nI' puS. DaH Hol DajatlhlaH'a'? pIqaD DalaDlaH'a'?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cathy521087

I found a great app for learning pIqaD. It's called "write Klingon" (on Android play store - Idk if it's on Apple). I learned to read and write in a weekend and it really helped me understand the English translation of the alphabet too.


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

Couldn't find 'write Klingon' in the Play Store. Is it the same as 'Write It! Klingon'? (I've just downloaded that. Thanks for the pointer!)


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

@ChaQargh1954 I appear to be unable to reply to your reply in this forum; best I can do is reply to my comment in the hope that you'll see this.

I regret that I am unable to decipher your question "'epIl naH DaHech'a'? ". The dictionary here doesn't help with any of those words.


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

ngeDchugh pab, tlhIngan Hol vIjatlhlaH. ‘ej pIqaD vIHaDtaH, ‘ach wej jIpo’.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kazumi-Matsumoto

Cait. jIHvaD tlhIngan Hol yIjatlh. HISlaH. DiscordDaq. nuq 'oH ponglIj'e'. reH qalegh neDev 'ej MemeriseDaq. jISovbe' SoH 'Iv.


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

{Discord}Daq choSov, Kazumi. pa’ me’neya ‘oH pongwIj’e’.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChaQargh1954

pendantry DISqorDDaq nuq 'oH ponglIj'e'


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

I think you're asking me what my handle is on Discord (I assume that's the KLI discord server referenced in the OP, which I've just joined)...

ahem err... Seefar 'OH pong'e'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChaQargh1954

pendantry I have the same problem. Do you have Discord or facebook. my Discordname is: Cha'Qargh and my facebookname is: Kazumi Matsumoto.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kazumi-Matsumoto

HISlaH. DiscordDaq. nuq 'oH ponglIj'e'. reH qalegh neDev 'ej MemeriseDaq. jISovbe' SoH 'Iv.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/James912663

Thank you for posting this!!! The links have helped so much in only a day.


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

I'm thrilled to hear you're finding the resources useful, and you're most welcome.

Qapla' batlh je! (Success and honor!)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kazumi-Matsumoto

Meauw Rachel. My kitty kitty kitty cat.


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

Ha! She says meow back :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kazumi-Matsumoto

One lingot for Arizona and one lingot for Rachel.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChaQargh1954

raqel 'arISona' je. nuqDaq tlhIHtaH :kiss:


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/le_tra-jeudi

Why do most people in this comment section have Crown levels 13 or 22 in Klingon only


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

pIlmoHqu'mo' tlhIngan Hol lubuSchu' ghotpu' law'. chaq DaghojtaHvIS bIpIlchoH je. Hol Daj 'oH 'ej Dun.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laynebot55

hmmm those look cool i might have to use them klingon is kinda hard


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

Also, if you haven't found the Tips for this course yet, then that makes it harder than it needs to be. Duolingo has hidden the Tips, so I want to make sure you know about them and where to find them. If you have not been reading the Tips, I think you will find them very helpful.

If you are doing the course on iOS or Android, you cannot currently access the Tips through the app. To access the Tips, 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 show you the Tips and give you a detailed explanation of the grammar that is introduced in that Skill. If you have questions after reading the Tips for any Skills, we are happy to answer your questions, but many of your questions will probably already be answered in the Tips.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Qov-jIH-je

It's not that hard just kind of different, so you can't guess what things mean just by looking at them. Except the Klingon word 'Internet. I bet you can figure that one out.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kazumi-Matsumoto

DuolIngo’ vItIvq’ Qov jeremI’ je. yItaH.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LokThar3

Well that is a very usefull collection. I'll be using the boQwI'. I liked the idea of a "Klingon word of the day" calendar since TBBT :D

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