Klingon CD notes

The 1996 computer game Klingon CD contained lots of audio files with Okrand's voice describing the items seen during the game and the language lab.

Most of the files contain correction notes for users who gave a wrong response in the voice recognition system, but some do contain some interesting details about what the meaning of a word is.

Battle

HoD - captain
info [empty file]

bubble The sound at the beginning of this word is a harsh H, not a breathy [h]. Don't say [howd], say HoD.

bubble The vowel sound in this word is o, not [a]. Don't say HaD, say HoD.

Command

yImev - Stop!
info This word is used to tell someone to do stop doing something. You wouldn't use it to tell someone to stop a device such as an engine. yImev is the singular form of the command used if you're talking to only one person. To tell a group of people to stop, use the plural form: pemev

bubble [no file]

yItlhutlhchu' - You want somebody to drink up.
info tlhutlh, by itself, means "drink". The suffix -chu' means to do something perfectly or exactly right. In this case implying drinking until the drink is finished. yItlhutlhchu' is the singular form of the command used if you're talking to only one person. To tell a group of people to drink up, use the plural form: petlhutlhchu'. If you mention what beverage it is that they're supposed to drink up, such as Dargh or "tea", the plural form and the singular form are the same. Drink up the tea is Dargh yItlhutlhchu'.

bubble The consonants in the middle of this word are both tlh, not tle. The middle syllable is not [tlu-del], it's tlhutlh. - yItlhutlhchu'.

bubble The consonants in the middle of this word are both tlh, made by forcing air out past either side of the tongue. They're not H, which is made in the back of your mouth. The middle syllable is not HuH, it's tlhutlh. - yItlhutlhchu'.

bubble The vowel sound in the second syllable of this word is u, not [u]. Don't say tlhatlh, say tlhutlh. - yItlhutlhchu'.

bubble This word ends abruptly, with a glottal stop. The last syllable is not chuu, it's chu'. - yItlhutlhchu'.

bubble This word ends with a vowel sound cut of abruptly, that is, with a glottal stop. There is no q like sond at the end of the word. Don't end it by saying chuq, say chu'. - yItlhutlhchu'.

Cursing

Food

bIreQtagh - Bregit lung
info tagh means "lung" and even though this dish may consist of pieces of lung of more than one Bregit, it is never called "Bregit lungs".

bubble The sound at the end of the second syllable of this word is a loud raspy Q, not K. Don't say [rack], say reQ: bIreQtagh

Duran lung DIr - Durani lizard skins
info "lizard" is only a close approximation of what the Klingon word lung means. "salamander" might do just as well, but in fact, neither is accurate. The word for skin is DIr. The plural form of this word is never used when referring to the skin of this animal prepared as food.

bubble The vowel sound in the second syllable of the first word is a, not e. Don't say [doo-ran], say Duran: Duran lung DIr

Myths

qul tuq - A House of Fire, a Klingon opera
info This phrase, the name of an opera, is literally "fire house". The word for "house", tuq, does not refer to a dwelling, however, it refers to a family, or an ancestorial unit.

bubble The vowel sounds in both these words are u, not [a]. Don't say [kull-tuck], say qul tuq.

no' DIr - ancestor hanging: a wall hanging, honoring an ancestor
info The first word in this phrase, no', is always plural and therefore never occurs with a plural suffix. It means "ancestors". The second word is DIr, literally "skin" or "hide". Although ancestor hangings are no longer necessarily made of hide, at one time they were. The name of the wall hanging didn't change when its material composition did.

bubble The first word ends abruptly with a glottal stop. Don't say [no], say: no'. no' DIr.

bubble The first word ends abruptly with a glottal stop, not with a [k]. Don't say [noke], say: no'. no' DIr.

bubble The vowel sound in the second word is I, not [er], and the word ends with a discinct [r] sound. Don't say [durr], say DIr. no' DIr.

Ritual

nentay - the rite of ascension
info [empty file]

bubble The vowel sound in the second syllable of this word is ay, not ey. Don't say tey, say tay. nentay.

Useful

HIja' - yes
info [empty file]

bubble The first sound in this word is a harsh H, not a breathy [hh]. Don't begin the word by saying [hit], say HI-. HIja'.

bubble This word ends abruptly, with a glottal stop. Don't end it by saying ja, say ja'. HIja'.

bubble This word ends with a vowel sound being cut of abruptly, that is, with a glottal stop. There's no q-like sound at the end of the word. Don't end the word by saying jaq, say ja'. HIja'.

Weapons

Others

The Apostrophe
bubble The apostrophe indicates a glottal stop, a slight catch in the throat between the two syllables of the common Federation Standard utterance "uh-uh" meaning "no". When preceding a vowel at the beginning of a syllable, the vowel begins abruptly rather than smoothly following whatever precedes it. Compare Anna (with no glottal stop) and An-ah (with a glottel stop). When at the end of a syllable, the preceding sound, always a vowel or w or y, is quickly cut of and never held. Compara [ah] (with no glottal stop) and [a'] (with a glottal stop).

Commands
bubble Commands are formed by attaching a prefix to a verb. For most of the commands examplified here, there are singular and plural forms marked by using different prefixes. The singular prefix yI- is used if you're giving the command to just one person. The plural prefix pe- is used if you're giving a command to a group of people.

Technical details

All files of the language lab are stored on CD 3 of the game. Since the game was programmed in a time where PC were not able to have file names longer than 8 letters, the software works with codes defined in seperate text files. Different topics are abbreviated with one or two letters, like FD for food, C for commands, W for weapons and so on. Then, different phrases have numbers.

Example

Example files for the entry of "Rite of Ascension", nentay:
R007.AVI - a video clip of Gowron speaking the phrase in Klingon
R007.BMP - an image showing the item/event/phrase
R007.TXT - a plain text file with the phrase "Rite of Ascension"
R007.WAV - the audio from the video clip of Gowron speaking the word in Klingon
R007A.WAV A = explanation A Okrand explaining the pronunciation
R007B.WAV B = explanation B Okrand explaining the pronunciation, additional file
R007C.WAV C = explanation C Okrand explaining the pronunciation, additional file
R007AD.WAV D = description female voice speaking the English phrase with some additional explanation
R007T.WAV T = Text Okrand's explanation, if there is one, or only a 1 second beep
R007WK.WAV WK = Wrong Klingon A message saying the user has done a wrong choice in the test, Klingon word
R007WE.WAV WE = Wrong English A message saying the user has done a wrong choice in the test, English word
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