A collection of useful phrases in Klingon, a constructed language created by the linguist Marc Okrand for the Star Trek films.
Key to abbreviations: sg = said to one person, pl = said to more than one person, >sup = said to a superior
You can see them in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.
|English||tlhIngan Hol (Klingon)|
|Welcome||yI'el (sg) / pe'el (pl) ("enter!")|
|nuqneH ('What do you want?')
- general 'greeting'
used when confronted by another
|How are you?||bIpIv'a' (Are you healthy?)|
|Reply to 'How are you?'||jIpIv. bIpIv'a' (I am healthy. Are you healthy?)|
|Long time no see||qaleghqa'mo' jIQuch (I'm glad because I see you again)
qaleghqa'neS (I am honored to see you again) >sup
|What's your name?
My name is ...
|nuq 'oH ponglIj'e'?|
|...jIH / ...'oH pongwIj'e'|
|Where are you from?
I'm from ...
|mungwIj 'oH ...'e'|
|Pleased to meet you||qaqIHneS >sup, qaqIHmo' jIQuch|
|Good night||maj ram (Good, it is night!)
yInajchu' (Dream perfectly)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
(Toasts used when drinking)
|'IwlIj jachjaj ("May your blood scream!")|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|yISop! (sg) peSop! (pl)|
|I don't understand||jIyajbe'|
|I don't know||jISovbe'|
|Please speak more slowly||QIt yIjatlh|
|Please say that again||'e' yIjatlhqa'|
|Please write it down||'e' yIghItlh|
|Do you speak Klingon?
Yes, I speak a little
|tlhIngan Hol Dajatlh'a'?|
|HIja'. loQ vIjatlhlaH|
|How do you say ... in Klingon?||tlhIngan Hol vIjatlhtaHvIS, chay' ... vIjatlh?|
|How much (is this/that)?||Huch 'ar DaneH? ("How much money do you want?")|
|Thank you||qatlho' (not used by Klingons)|
|Where's the toilet?||nuqDaq 'oH puchpa''e'?|
|This gentleman/lady will pay for everything||Hoch DIl [loD/be']vam|
|Would you like to dance with me?||mamI' DaneH'a'? nItebHa' mamI' DaneH'a'?|
|I love you||qamuSHa'|
|Get well soon||tugh bIpIvchoHjaj|
|Leave me alone!||naDevvo' yIghoS! (speaking to one person)
naDevvo' peghoS! (speaking to multiple people)
|Call the police!||'avwI' tIghuHmoH! (Alert the guards!)|
|Christmas and New Year greetings||QISmaS DatIvjaj 'ej DIS chu' DatIvjaj (sg)
QISmaS botIvjaj 'ej DIS chu' botIvjaj (pl)
|Birthday greetings||qoSlIj DatIvjaj (sg) qoSraj botIvjaj (pl)|
|One language is never enough||not yap wa' Hol|
|My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
|lupDujHomwIj luteb gharghmey
lupDujHomwIj lubuy'moH gharghmey
Klingon recordings provided by Jan Jurčík, and some phrases and corrections by Felix and De'vID.
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