Star Trek fans get lessons in how to speak Klingon
Dubai's Eton Institute has decided to boldly go where no language school has gone before - by adding Klingon, the dialect of Star Trek baddies, to its repertoire.
Few people realise that the warriors’ guttural words created for the cult TV series and movies is widely spoken around the world both by Trekkies and people fascinated by languages.
The alien language was created by Marc Okrand for ‘Star Trek: The Movie’, and it is the only specially created language to be adopted and even developed by an entire community of fans across the globe.
It is so popular that internet search engine Google has Klingon as one of its options so people can search and surf in warrior speak.
Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing have been translated and published into Klingon as has the Bible. And now, the Eton Institute is offering
budding students the chance to learn alien vocabulary with two mini-classes in cyberspace - via facebook and Twitter. Those who want to seek out the new language can follow up by investing in CD-based classes.
Marketing manager at Eton, Moaz Khan, said yesterday: “Every community or group has its own rules and over time it develops its own distinctive language, expressions and subculture. Klingon is no exception to this.
“Learning a language is as much about the culture as the grammar. It can be really fun.
“Our mission here at the Eton Institute is to offer the widest possible selection of languages and to continue to expand this, whether they are terrestrial or intergalactic.
“We are planning on offering more courses, as well as geographical expansion over the next few years. Space is our final frontier!” Eton Institute’s Klingon lessons will run for a week, starting today on facebook and Twitter. Lessons and proverbs in Klingon will be beamed up to those sites daily for fans, who can also take part in a competition to win prizes.
All you have to do is ‘like’ the Eton Institute on facebook or follow it on Twitter.
ENGLISH: If you don’t like it go home.
KLINGON: Chugh SoH don’t rur ‘oH jaH home.
ENGLISH: Are you going to ladies night tonight?
KLINGON: oH SoH ghoS Daq ‘ladies night’ tonight?
ENGLISH: I ended up in Rock Bottom last night.
KLINGON: jIH Dung Daq Rock Bottom ram night.
ENGLISH: Can I have a chicken shawarma and two bullfrogs.
KLINGON: Can jIH ghaj a chicken shawerma je two bullfrogs.
ENGLISH: Did you see that cheetah cruising
KLINGON: Ta’ta’ SoH legh vetlh cheetah cruising
And for the Jumeirah Janes:
ENGLISH: My maid seems to have become so lazy!
KLINGON: WIj maid seems Daq ghaj moj
Translations from Mrklingon.org and Google Translate. Nobody in the 7DAYS office speaks Klingon... yet.