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"choleghlaH'a'? HISlaH. qaleghlaH."

Translation:Can you see me? Yes, I can see you.

March 15, 2020



I'm getting really confused about all these different prefixes. When do I use jI, bI, vI, ju, cho, and any others I've missed out? What do they actually mean?


Klingon uses the prefixes as a conjugation system to show who is doing the action, but also who the action is done to. In other words, the prefixes tell you the grammatical subject AND the grammatical object. The jI- prefix tells us the the person speaking is doing the action, but it is not being done to any particular object. So jIyaj means, "I understand". The vI- prefix also means that "I" am doing the action, but in addition indicates that there is an object and it is third person (not "you" or "me"). So, vIyaj means, "I understand it/him/her/them." (In conversation, context will usually clarify whether you should translate it as it, him, her, or them. Duolingo does not usually provide any context so it accepts each of those four answers.)

Similarly, bI- means, "you (singular) - no object", ju- means, "you (singular) - us", and cho- means, "you (singular) - me". Though Duolingo has not made the Notes available on the app, there are grammar explanations available for you. If you have not been reading the Tips & Notes, I would like to ask that you review those.

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Thank you for coming and asking questions rather than just remaining confused.

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