[tlhIngan Hol] looking for volunteers who know Swedish, Russian, Persian or Chinese

De'vID de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com
Sun Jul 8 23:41:30 PDT 2018

On Mon, 9 Jul 2018 at 00:30, Michael Roney, Jr. <nahqun at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Jul 8, 2018 at 6:07 PM, De'vID <de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Oh, and since a couple of people have replied to me with "I know
> language X, but don't know Klingon well enough", the point is you don't
> have to know Klingon that well. You need to be able to translate from
> English to X, and you'll learn the Klingon for X at the same time.
> >
> This is the logic that Talk Now! used that gave us such translations as
> "aloha" means {nuqneH}.

We shouldn't let the perfect become the enemy of the good, or, to quote the
Klingon Bard, "Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well."

First, most users won't see these four languages (you need to activate
"beta testing" mode in the app to see them). Second, most of the vocabulary
is fairly conventional and for the most part unambiguous (e.g., {HIvje'},
{paq}, {Duj}, {qIp}, {Sov}, {jatlh}, ...). I'd much rather get those filled
in by people who have the skill to do so than wait around for people who
are both knowledgeable about the nuances in Klingons and experts in the
target language. Also, this is a reason for more volunteers, not fewer: so
they can review each other's work.

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