Fantasy languages are the intrigue of linguists and über fans of legend and otherworlds alike. Among the greats are JRR Tolkien’s Elvish languages Quenya and Sindarin from Middle-earth and the Dothraki language in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy-novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, which Game of Thrones fans know all too well as being spoken by the indigenous inhabitants of the Dothraki Sea.
The language of Klingon is no exception in this world of intricate attention to detail, language, and make-believe culture. Created by linguist Marc Okrand for the 1984 film Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, this intriguing language of forceful staccato-speak has entranced linguists and Trekkies around the world.
The language itself is fleshed out with an alphabet, grammar rules, and over 3,000 words. Fewer than 50 people are said to speak Klingon fluently, but thousands of Star Trek fans are familiar with many of its popular phrases, like these:
Qapla’! (Success!) – Goodbye, Good luck, Bon voyage
Hab SoSlI’ Quch! – Your mother has a smooth forehead. (Be forewarned: This is a formidable insult! Be careful who you say it to.)
and (our favorite):
not yap wa’ Hol – One language is never enough
For fans of the Klingon language who want to learn more, we’ve got something for you!
Alas, Rosetta Stone Klingon was only an elaborate April Fool’s prank (which we thought was awesome,) but if you want to let us know about your desire for this particular program (or another language program that we don’t happen to offer yet), you can request it through our website.
And if you’d like to try any of the thirty languages we currently offer, take a test drive of our free demo to see what learning with Rosetta Stone is all about.