[tlhIngan Hol] learning time

kechpaja at kechpaja.com kechpaja at kechpaja.com
Fri Dec 7 02:52:17 PST 2018

My experience is that learning Klingon takes about as much time and 
effort as learning any other new language that isn't related to one you 
already know (or perhaps less, given how straightforward the morphology 

For me, that means that the only meaningful metric for how long it's 
taken me to learn Klingon is how many hours I've spent actively 
communicating (either in person, or through a textual medium) in 
Klingon. Given the number of conversations I've had in Klingon, I'd say 
that my level is on par with the level I'd expect to have in, say, 
Georgian or Chinese after a similar amount of study. 

On Fri, Dec 07, 2018 at 08:55:54AM +0100, Lieven L. Litaer wrote:
>Hi there,
>I'm writing an article about the frequent question "How long does it
>take to learn Klingon?".
>I know that many of us had a non-defined beginning or end of learning,
>but some really started at one day and ended up quite fluently a short
>time later. I know of our greek friend (who changes his signature name
>constantly) and DeSDu', who both got quite fluent in about one year,
>proving what I'm saying all along.
>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?
>By the way, I'm not talking about fluent speakers of which there are
>only five in the world. It's more about those who can do a basic
>conversation, but still without any dictionary help.
>Lieven L. Litaer
>aka the "Klingon Teacher from Germany"
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>tlhIngan-Hol at lists.kli.org

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