calling occupants …

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And you thought that Captain Kirk used to talk into his phaser thingy on Star Trek. It turns out it was an iphone all along. Not content with googling in Klingon you know can use your iphone to get more conversational in this non-terrestrial language:

Geek Gifts 2009: Klingon Language Suite of iPhone apps
Date: November 4th, 2009
Author: Scott Lowe
Category: Geekend, Star Trek
Tags: Apple iPhone, Word, Star Trek, App, Lesson, Klingon Language Suite, Conversational Klingon App, English, Phrasebook, Scott Lowe
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The Klingon Language Suite is a collection of three (wej) iPhone applications — the Conversational Klingon app, the Klingon Dictionary app, and the Klingon Phrasebook — from Simon & Schuster. The Suite costs $11.99, although you can purchase each app separately. Here’s a look at the capabilities of each application.

Conversational Klingon appFor a Star Trek geek, the Conversational Klingon app is pretty fun. Michael Dorn (aka Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) provides voiceover narration, which gives the app some authenticity. After all, Worf was a Klingon extraordinaire — well, except for that whole discommendation incident.

The Conversational Klingon app provides an overview of the Klingon language, starting with an introduction to how words in the Klingon language are pronounced. After Michael Dorn’s introduction is complete, another voice continues the lesson, providing specific instructions on how to manipulate your mouth, tongue, and air flow to make sure you correctly pronounce common word constructs. The narrator points out that simply reading Klingon words as if they were English would be a mistake, as the basic language construction is quite different. Throughout the lesson, the narrator helps you understand some modifiers in the Klingon language that can vastly change the meaning of a word. Take, for example, the word tI which, in Klingon, means vegetation. By simply adding an apostrophe to the word — tI’ — it now means to repair.

As the narrator pauses between lessons, Michael Dorn’s voice occasionally comes back in to encourage success and sometimes to introduce the next part of the lesson.

Once very basic word construction is complete, the lesson moves into how you can ask simple questions in Klingon. For example, if you’re traveling to Kronos or to somewhere else where Klingon is the language of choice, the chances are good that you will ultimately need to make use of a restroom. To find one, ask “nuqDaq ‘oH puchpa’ ‘e’?” The app helps you to understand word pairs, such as early and late, which translate to ‘eq and paS in Klingon


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