How do I say... Hello?

Klingons don't say "hello" or the like at all, but there are a few accepted workarounds.


The only known word which could be called a "greeting" is nuqneH, but its literal meaning is "what do you want?". So that's not really equivalent to "Hello." It's more a way to prompt someone to start a conversation if they come up to you and don't immediately make known their intentions. But that doesn't mean that Klingons are not polite, they just don't waste time.


The verb van salute is a very reasonable way for Klingons - and thus Klingonists - to great each other. The controversy comes in the fact that you are obliquely making a statement about the action, not actually accomplishing the action. If you're going to salute me, then salute me - you don't have to talk about it, just do it. None the less, statements like qavan / Savan and qatlho' (MOVED TO... Thank you) are very common among Klingonists.


In the TNG episode "The Emissary", the half-Klingon K’Ehleyr introduced herself to the humans in the Enterprise-D transporter room, "I greet you. I am K'Ehleyr." Riker responded in Klingon, nuqneH qaleghneS ("What do you want? I am honored to meet you"). She replied -- perhaps ironically considering how bad his pronunciation was -- "You speak Klingon!" in English.


This word does not mean anything, but it is spread over the Internet. See main article MOVED TO... qaqItlhneS

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Category: Phrases    Latest edit: 29 Sep 2016, by KlingonTeacher    Created: 03 Aug 2014 by KlingonTeacher
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