A syllable is treated in Klingon like the following:


This never changes. At the beginning of a name the characters never get changed, it stays the way it is, i.e. ch or ng (NOT Ch or Ng).

Composition of a syllable

Most syllables are built of three characters. No word starts with a vowel (V), except for the endearing suffix -oy. Klingon syllables are almost always "consonant-vowel-consonant" (CVC). gh, ng, ch, tlh and the apostrophe each form a character.

Many syllables (especially the prefixes) contain only two characters in the form of CV (i.e. na-Dev here, nI-teb alone). This is often used in names to prevent using real words while "inventing" a klingon name.


There are syllables with more than 3 characters: These exceptions are CVrgh, CVy', CVw' . For example: burgh (stomach) or Huy' (eye lash).

Exceptions and names:
In names it can happen to see the following constructions: CVrq and CVrD. Here the only known cases are janluq pIqarD (1), qIrq (2) and qorD %SOURCE%

See also


1 : SkyBox card #25

2 : HolQeD 8.4, p. 12, Dec 1999

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