The Klingon term qep'a', literally "major meeting, convention", typically refers to the official annual meeting of the Klingon Language Institute.


Each summer since 1994, the Klingon Language Institute has held a relatively formal gathering of its members. Since the KLI is based in the Philadelphia area, where its director, Lawrence M. Schoen, Ph.D., resides, most qep'a'mey (Plural form of qep'a') have been held there.


During the qep'a', several activities and games are done for using and practicing the Klingon language.
name description notes
betleH wake up and learn some moves
'Iv jIH guess the name or title stuck to your back
qaDHommey use the word or phrase in a sentence or story MOVED TO... qaDHom
wa' 'ay' make a new sentence out of an old familiar one
nuq 'oH 20 questions
Domaj wIDubmeH pronunciation practice MOVED TO... Pronunciation
DIjchu' Pictionary
waw'Daq maleng Field trip
ghantoH pab determine what arbitrary pattern a sentence follows
Grammarian's Round table ask the experts MOVED TO... Grammarian
pegh mu' Password (find it on youtube) in Klingon
Pizza Party eat pizza
Cabaret talent show MOVED TO... taHjaj wo' Barbershop Quartet
Talk to Bing discussing the translation engine MOVED TO... Bing
Talk about helping Bing what can we all do to help
Talk to Lieven hear from Europe MOVED TO... Lieven L. Litaer

1. qep'a' wa'DIch - "KLI Conference"

July 11-15 1994 (1)
The very first qep'a' was announced as the "KLI Conference" in HolQeD 3:2. At the first qep'a', very little Klingon was spoken except by Captain Krankor, Mark Shoulson and Barbara Dobelbower.

2. qep'a' cha'DIch

July 10-14 1995, Best Western Hotel, Philadelphia. (2)
People actually returned for qep'a' cha'DIch, and more attended.

3. qep'a' wejDIch

July 17-21 1996, Best Western Hotel, Philadelphia.(3)
saw many more participants and widespread attempts at Klingon conversation. It was here that the new KLI logo and motto were introduced. Marc Okrand visited, signed many autographs, and watched as a small troupe presented an excerpt from Hamlet. Registered attendees received T-shirts bearing the image of William Shakespeare as a Klingon on the front, with the words taH pagh taHbe' on the back.

4. qep'a' loSDIch

July 16-20 1997, Comfort Inn, Bensalem, PA.(4)
was a large event, with over 40 attendees. A corporate sponsor, clearly Canadian, provided "super-oxygenated" flavored water, Orbitz, and Orbitz T-shirts. The vajna' qaD'a', a sort of linguistic Olympics, was held. The winning team was granted the privilege of requesting a word from Marc Okrand, who again made an appearance.

persons 36 attendees are on the group photo.

5. qep'a' vaghDIch

July 22-26 1998, Bensalem, Pennsylvania.(5)
Once again, Dr. Marc Okrand joined in. Attendance was a bit smaller than the previous year, but participants made up for it with their volume and enthusiasm. Highlights included impromptu storytelling, with each person composing a quick tale in Klingon based on a short phrase.

persons 22 attendees are on the group photo.

6. qep'a' javDIch

July 21-25 1999, Las Vegas, NV. (6)
An attempt to make it less expensive for people nearer the west coast of North America to attend. The theme was tribbles, and the official qep'a' T-shirt showed a gauntleted forearm and fist squeezing the life out of a hapless ball of fur. Marc Okrand showed up again, and seemed to enjoy the event very much. taHjaj wo' Barbershop Quartet . Members also invaded the Star Trek Experience exhibit and ride at the Las Vegas Hilton, where they met with a contingent of Romulans and also another group of Klingons. There were also many more tlhIngan Hol oriented activities, including games of pegh mu' and ra' voDleH.

persons 27 attendees are on the group photo.

7. qep'a' SochDIch

July 19-23 2000, Best Western Fort Washington Inn, Philadelphia.(7)
We were again favored with the presence of the language's creator, Dr. Marc Okrand, and enjoyed many of our favorite pastimes: games of pegh mu', singing songs old and new, and making extemporaneous speeches.

persons 20 attendees are on the group photo.

8. qep'a' chorghDIch

August 8-12 2001, Brussels, Belgium, Hotel Van Belle. (8)
For the benefit of European Klingonists. The arrangements were expertly handled by Lieven L. Litaer for one of the most successful and enjoyable qep'a'mey so far. On hand were quite a few new faces, as some European Klingonists (normally unable to make the long trip to America) got to attend for the first time. The cross-linguistic discussions were truly enlightening, and we got to hear Klingon spoken with all sorts of accents. Once more, we were favored by the presence of Dr. Marc Okrand, inventor of the Klingon language. Attendees received a T-shirt with an image - obviously based on a painting of the belgian painter René Magritte - of a Klingon having a hat suspended in midair above his head and a face obscured by a large fruit.

persons 21 attendees are on the group photo.

9. qep'a' HutDIch

July 31 - August 4, 2002, Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. (9)
There were special beginner's classes for the first time, attended with much interest and enjoyment. We were visited by no fewer than three film crews, one of which actually followed the events of the qep'a' for an entire afternoon, with the reporter taking great pains to learn the correct pronunciation of several Klingon sentences. The warm weather provided the opportunity to hold a few qep'a' events at poolside (actually, most of the participants were on the inside side of the pool), between bouts of testing our fighting agility by trying to ride the much-feared inflated dolphin. We were again favored with the presence of Dr. Marc Okrand for some of the event. The qep'a' T-shirt was dull green and portrayed a Klingonesque George Washington in the manner of a US $1 bill.

persons 22 attendees are on the group photo.

New words

From HolQeD (10)
On his drive up to attend qep'a' HutDIch, it is believed that Marc Okrand was in communication with Maltz (the precise mechanics responsible for this are unknown and unimportant to the present concern). Traffic along the intersrate was particularly heavy, a topic which at some point entered into the conversation. Dr. Okrand reports that Maltz volunteered the Klingon term Hutvagh, a noun meaning "too many people or things in a place all at once." Maltz further indicated that the term was used as word play, a substitution for the more common Qu'vatlh which might otherwise be heard in such situations.

10. qep'a' wa'maHDIch

July 30 - Augst 3, 2003, Comfort Inn in Philadelphia Airport.(11)
The bright yellow T-shirt showed Benjamin Franklin with Klingon garb and forehead, with a number of aphorisms written on the back in pIqaD evocative of phrases printed in Poor Richard's Almanack. The attendance was quite high, fitting for such an auspicious anniversary. In addition to the usual media, we also played host to a film crew in the more literal sense of the word: a small team putting together a full-length documentary art-film on Klingon-speakers was on hand for practically the entire qep'a', taking in-depth interviews from our members and recording the glory that is qep'a' for all time. Watch for the movie when it comes out. It was during this qep'a' that the documentary Earthlings took form. Dr. Marc Okrand attended again. During the course of the qep'a' Cabaret (specifically our usual game of Klingon Hokey Pokey) he favored us with a newly-discovered Klingon word.

persons 26 attendees are on the group photo.

11. qep'a' wa'maH wa'DIch

August 4-8, 2004, Wingate Inn, Phoenix, AZ. (12)
The attendence was somewhat lower than usual, but our spirits were high. Unfortunately, Dr. Okrand was unable to attend, so we had to make do without him. Despite the “dry heat,” we actually managed to see a little rain from the Phoenix sky—in August! Despite the inhabitants' claim of "it's a dry heat," it actually rained several days. The official T-shirt this year was a Klingon rendition of "Rosie the Riveter" underneath the caption wIta'laHqu ("We can do it"), written in pIqaD.

persons 15 attendees are on the group photo.

12. qep'a' wa'maH cha'DIch

2005, Philadelphia, very near the location of the hotel where the first few were held.
Once again, Dr. Okrand graced us with his presence, and a joyful time was had by all, as old friends (and a few new ones) met again.

persons 16 attendees are on the group photo.

13. qep'a' wa'maH wejDIch

Revisits the hotel at which Earthlings was filmed.

14. qep'a' wa'maH loSDIch


15. qep'a' wa'maH vaghDIch

July 23-27 2008 in Essington, Pennsylvania.

16. qep'a' wa'maH javDIch


persons 19 attendees are on the group photo.

17. qep'a' wa'maH SochDIch

2010. This gathering happend at Comfort Inn in Essington. Here's an article about the event: http://www.capecodtimes.com/article/20100808/NEWS11/100809767

18. qep'a' wa'maH chorghDIch

August 14-16, 2011. The gathering was held in Reno, Nevada, the very place where the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention happened the day after the qep'a' comes to a close.

MOVED TO... See New words released at qep'a' 18

19. qep'a' wa'maH HutDIch

August 27-29, 2012, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, IL.
The qep'a' was held in conjunction with Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention. There was little planned activity at this qep'a' except for qaDHommey. It was decided after this qep'a' that, although aligning the gathering with World Science Fiction Convention did bring interested onlookers to briefly visit the qep'a', the recruitment from this strategy was negligible.

20. qep'a' cha'maH DIch

July 25-27, 2013, Comfort Inn at Philadelphia Airport, Essington, PA.
The activities included a field trip to Fort Mifflin which was hosting a World War II Eastern Front Event. Some of the attendees went in full Klingon outfit and the reenactors were very curious and friendly. The developers of the Microsoft Bing Klingon translation engine also interacted with the attendees via Skype to discuss how the translation engine works and how speakers could help to improve the Klingon translations. The qep'a' T-shirt was a gray polo shirt with black embroidery of the KLI emblem over the left breast and the URL of the Bing translator on the right sleeve. The Friday night Klingon cabaret and pizza party was reintroduced. Morning betleH practiced was introduced.

21. qep'a' cha'maH wa'DIch

July 24-26, 2014, Comfort Inn at Philadelphia Airport, Essington, PA.
The game wa' 'ay' was introduced.

22. qep'a' cha'maH cha'DIch

July 23-25, 2015, Hampton Inn O’Hare, Schiller Park, IL.
qep'a' moved back to suburban Chicago near O'Hare Airport, where it would remain for several years. John Harness made recordings of advanced speakers giving monologues on various subjects as well as conversing among themselves.

23. qep'a' cha'maH wejDIch

July 21-23, 2016, Hampton Inn O’Hare, Schiller Park, IL.
persons 26 attendees are on the group photo. There was suddenly a band! Everyone went to a screening of Star Trek Beyond (2016) and cheered when Marc Okrand's name appeared in the movie's credits.

MOVED TO... See New words released at qep'a' 23

24. qep'a' cha'maH loSDIch

July 27-30, 2017, Hampton Inn O’Hare, Chicago, IL.
persons 19 attendees are on the registration list.

MOVED TO... See New words released at qep'a' 24

25. qep'a' cha'maH vaghDIch

July 19-21, 2018, Hyatt Place Indianapolis Airport

See also


1 : HolQeD 3:2, p. 15

2 : HolQeD 3:3 p. 5

3 : HolQeD 4:4, p. 5

4 : HolQeD 5:3, p. 17

5 : HolQeD 7:2, p. 17

6 : HolQeD 8:1, p. 17

7 : HolQeD 8:4, p. 17

8 : HolQeD 9:4, p. 17

9 : HolQeD 11:2, p. 16

10 : HolQeD 11:3, p. 13

11 : HolQeD 12:1, p. 17

12 : HolQeD 13:1, p. 17

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