[tlhIngan Hol] learning time

Alan Anderson qunchuy at alcaco.net
Fri Dec 7 14:04:23 PST 2018


On Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 2:56 AM Lieven L. Litaer <levinius at gmx.de> wrote:

> So - who is here among you or can tell about former Klingonists who may
> confirm they learned the language in a similarly short period of time?
>

I first obtained a copy of The Klingon Dictionary in December 1994. I
didn't start treating the language as something to learn until I discovered
the tlhIngan-Hol mailing list in January. That's what I count as the
beginning of my study of Klingon.
After a month, I felt confident enough to translate poetry. I was wrong,
very wrong.
Two months after I started, I thought I understood Klingon grammar well
enough to explain it to others. I was close.
At the end of the third month, I had almost enough vocabulary to be able to
pass as fluent...for a couple of sentences.
After four months, I was able to follow simple conversations with
occasional trips to the dictionary.
Six months into my study, I knew enough words to participate in simple
conversations without resort to the dictionary. I still made plenty of
silly grammatical errors though.

Then I started using a computerized lookup tool. My progress stalled until
I stopped.

-- ghunchu'wI'
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