[tlhIngan Hol] Quick learner problem

Lieven levinius at gmx.de
Thu Jan 5 00:05:57 PST 2017

jIghItlh jIH:
>> Language is not a code, don't just talk
>> Klingon, you must think like a klingon.

jang loghaD:

> I agree with this, and I also don't.
 > You don't need to adopt the mindset of a Klingon, [...]

You got the point exactly what I wanted to say. :-)

 > So perhaps, when somebody asks "How do you say X?", we
 > need to be a little bit less eager to say "You shouldn't
 > say X.", and a bit more willing to say "Well, we don't know ... yet."

That's true indeed. We are, all of us - including me - too quick on 
saying "Klingons don't say that". Instead, we should at least give an 
alternative answer.

Whenever I meet someone who has no idea of Klingon and they ask 
something like "How do you say good morning" or "Nice weather today" I 
used to answer Klingons don't say that, but the listeners were not 
satisfied with that. Instead, I make up something strange (but 
grammaticvally correct), so at least they do get an answer and walk away 
happily. (they'll forget anyway)

Lieven L. Litaer
aka Quvar valer 'utlh
Grammarian of the KLI

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