[tlhIngan Hol] Hol qeqwI’pu’ ghom 9/11/20, 6 pm EDT/10 pm UTC

janSIy . kenjutsuka at live.com
Mon Sep 7 09:06:18 PDT 2020

I had intended to organize these a little more frequently and thanks to Julia for asking to do another and putting it together. This session is aimed at high beginners and low intermediate, though all are welcome. This should be a place where beginners and intermediate speakers can practice listening to Klingon spoken in a slow and simple fashion so they can practice the skill of listening.  No written materials will be provided, so the {qeqwI’pu’} (as we will be calling the participants) will have to rely on training their ears to hear and understand the sounds, words, and sentences.  There will also be some opportunities for the {qeqwI’pu’} to speak a little and this will be a place for the {qeqwI’pu’} to boldly try out their Klingon without having to worry about criticism or correction.

Rules (for ALL participants, including those leading the session):

  1.  Klingon language only! If it's an actual emergency you can use English. Or if you're getting so frustrated with something you're about to quit, it's ok to use a tiny bit of English. But do NOT make it a regular thing or a crutch - force yourself to use Klingon!

  2.  No corrections! If you understood what was meant, let the error go. If you don't understand, then ask questions in Klingon to figure it out. Do NOT use the corrected word or phrase just to show someone the right way! But if you're repeating it naturally in conversation, use the correct form obviously.

  3.  No writing! Gestures are OK. Acting things out is OK. Drawing things is OK. Practice listening and speaking! Practice using your memory! Leave your reading and writing practice for another time and place.

  4.  Keep the language simple! Speak slowly and clearly and use basic vocabulary and grammar. It's ok to interact some with intermediate or advanced speakers, but, as much as possible, try to speak in a way that will just challenge the lowest level qeqwI' present.

Expectations for qeqwI'pu':

  1.  Listening and speaking are separate skills from reading and writing. No matter how much you study the written language, you won't be able to use the spoken language unless you practice listening and speaking in the language.

  2.  Communication in the language is a separate skill from knowing the grammar rules. In this group, your ability to use the spoken language to receive and communicate information is valued above your ability to interpret and apply the proper grammar rules. The grammar does help with communication, but in this group you will learn patterns through repetition, not rules through instruction.

  3.  Do not use TKD, boQwI’, Hol ‘ampaS or other look up aids during the presentations and do not write down what you are hearing.  Use your ears and your brains to try to understand what is being said.  The presenters will try to use very basic Klingon and a lot of visual demonstrations to help you understand what they are talking about.  The purpose of these presentations is to practice the skills of listening and interpreting through what you are hearing and seeing without having to look everything up.  If you want to make notes for yourself after the presentation, that is OK.

  4.  Visual elements of the presentation will be very important.  If you do not have the capability of seeing what the presenter is showing then you will not be able to get the intended benefit from this group.  Please plan to attend a meeting only when you will be able to watch the visuals.  There will also be activities where it will be helpful for the presenter to see you, but that is not as important.  There will still be a lot for you to learn and practice even if the presenter cannot see you.  But please make any effort you can to be seen by the presenter so that you can get full benefit from your interactions in this group.

  5.  Make mistakes! Since the goal in this group is to speak the language and no one will correct you if you make mistakes, this is a safe place to go ahead and say something even if it's not perfect. Take this opportunity to try out some Klingon even if it's not exactly right.  This group is about practice, not perfection.

  6.  It’s OK to forget words between sessions.  It’s normal and it’s fine.  The point is to learn them through repeated practice, not memorize them perfectly the first time you hear them.  Try to remember them, but it’s fine if you need many more practice sessions before you can remember the words.

  7.  Come prepared with some basic phrases and questions ready to say. But do NOT use a cheat sheet. Try to memorize the phrases. And if you don't remember them exactly, it's OK - that's just another opportunity to make some good mistakes!  Some typical examples are:

yIjatlhqa’! Say that again!

QIt yIjatlh! Speak slowly!
nuq ‘oH? What is it?
‘Iv ghaH? Who is he/she?
qaS nuq? What is happening?
nuq ta’ ghaH? What is he/she doing?
qatlh? Why?
HISlaH. or HIja’. Yes.
ghobe’. No.
potlhbe’. It’s not important.

The next session of the Hol qeqwI’pu’ ghom this Friday, September 11 will be led by julyan’a’ and will be at 6pm EDT/10pm UTC.

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