this is an attempt by me to collect (and share, if anyone is interested) some of the resources I've discovered so far for the Klingon Language
I've never made any attempt to learn a second language before (unless you count dabbling in NZ Sign in my early teens so I could gossip in class), but of course, when I do, I start with #Klingon
I'm honestly not clear on whether that makes me a masochist or lazy (is it harder
than another language because it's not a naturally occuring language? Is it easier
?), because I really have nothing to compare it to.
However, I'm not finding it hard
. Whether that's because I'm using Duolingo (also, my first language attempt on Duolingo) as opposed to truly making an attempt to learn on my own or not, I couldn't tell you.
I'm really enjoying the course
so far (I'm not sure exactly how to link to the #tlhInganHol
course, but it's not hard to find), anyway. I've barely made a dent in it even though I've been (so far) pretty dedicated in that I'm doing a decent number of lessons each day. Looking forward at the upcoming lessons I think I'll probably be here for a long time, like, well into next year. If I ever really finish at all. I'm not sure what learning a language is really like. A lifetime of practise, I imagine.
I received my copy of The Klingon Dictionary
by Marc Okrand (the actual creator of the language for #StarTrek
) in the mail the other day. There's a ton of stuff in the beginning about grammar and prefixes and suffixes (there's so many holy shit) and it's been really useful, particularly for making certain words and word-parts really click in my head.Minecraft
has a #tlhIngan-Hol
translation! It's pretty outdated, like a lot of the objects that have appeared in the last few major updates don't have a Klingon translation, but many do. Some things I could even translate on my own, without looking it up, such as nagh
(gravel - literally 'many small stones'), and jatlh vIlInHoD
(parrot talks - okay, I got 'talks' - the word for parrot was way over my head).The Klingon Language Institute
is a really interesting website, and I've just found the Klingon Language Wiki
(so I expect to drown in here for a while as I soak everything in).
There is also a discord, but because I don't quite recall where I stumbled across the invite and don't know how public it was, I won't repost it here. It's quite fun though to sit in the #klingon-only
channel and watch people conversing in Klingon while I manage to pick out the odd word and otherwise get lost in the dictionary until my brain dribbles out of my ears.