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The Klingon Dictionary (Star Trek) Paperback – January 1, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0671745592 ISBN-10: 067174559X Edition: Subsequent

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; Subsequent edition (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067174559X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671745592
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

The Klingon Dictionary is the first comprehensive sourcebook for Klingon language and syntax, including fundamental rules of grammar as well as words and expressions that illustrate the complex nature of Klingon culture. It features a precise pronunciation guide, rules for proper use of affixes and suffixes, and a small phrasebook with Klingon translations for essential expressions such as "Activate the transport beam," "Always trust your instincts," and the ever-popular "Surrender or die!"

About the Author

Marc Okrand

Marc Okrand devised the dialogue and coached the actors speaking the KlingonTM language heard in Star Trek III: The Search for SpockTM, Star Trek V: The Final FrontierTM, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered CountryTM. The Klingon language he developed has also been used in a number of episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation&reg and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine&reg. In addition, he created the Vulcan dialogue for Star Trek II: The Wrath of KhanTM and Star Trek III.

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Customer Reviews

The books overall layout is great and tres trekkie.
Sam Salter
It's the best book that'll help you learn the basics and all the grammar of the language of the Klingon Empire.
KlingonTeen17
It's fun to read for a conlanger or just to pick up a few intimidating phrases.
M. Karapcik

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Chapulina R on June 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
loghDaq Suvrupbogh SuvwI'pu' chaH Hoch SuvwI'pu''e'... Learning a new language may be daunting, but what Klingon warrior does not appreciate a challenge? Marc Okrand is the professional linguist who designed the language of the most popular of Star Trek alien species. Far from meaningless grunting and growling, the klingo-lingo termed "tlhIngan Hol" possesses a rich vocabulary and brilliantly conceived grammatical structure. It is an actual language, ironically considered the fastest-growing on earth. Despite its conciseness, it takes effort to learn the complex syntax and rasping, guttural pronunciation. This is why the majority of its fluent speakers are serious students of linguistics, rather than sci-fi fans. Besides the basic "Klingon Dictionary", Okrand has published two other related books, "The Klingon Way" and "Klingon for the Galactic Traveler", as well as two instructional tapes. These materials provide a remarkably thorough course of study. Upon completion, klinguists are able to converse about practically anything -- although it is especially helpful if the topic relates to war or honor!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Dahl on November 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book does not just teach a few phrases in Klingon, it gives readers the nuts and bolts of the language. Don't be fooled, Klingon is a real language. Many language programs just teach a few phrases and skip over the fundamental aspects of the language. This book uses grammatical terminology that makes it easy to put together your own sentances accurately. At the end of the book you will find a section devoted to common phrases making it easy to put together the new ideas. Also, a highly detailed sketch of pronounciation is given. If you want to learn Klingon, this is a must. Qapla' !
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "susanoneal" on October 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
Absolutely great book. The sheer thought put into the grammar and syntax of this language inspires me. I recomend it to anyone who likes languages and/or Star Trek.
Qapla'
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Liam Sauer-wooden on July 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
Though the insistence that there really are Klingons might be off-putting to some linguophiles, the work put into developing this OVS artlang justifies a read of the book. Like many initial grammars, there are words and issues of syntax which are overlooked. Yet, the material in this book renders the language usable, especially when coupled with Klingon for the Galactic Traveler (also by Marc Orkand), and can be an entertaining challenge.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a great way to learn the language the Klingons speak.Not only is it a diconary but teaches the gramar as well.Every penny you buy with this book is worth it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Karapcik on October 20, 2001
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Ok, I'm not a hard core Trekkie, and I don't speak Klingon. I read this with an interest in language studies and philology. While I think some of Okrand's ideas in language design are a bit extreem and garrishly unwieldly (and he feels compeled to move all phenomes to the back of the mouth and throat), he still made them work. It's fun to read for a conlanger or just to pick up a few intimidating phrases.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KlingonTeen17 on December 27, 2001
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I just got this book as a christmas present. I think it's the best dictionary ever! I now know how to speak a few phrases in Klingon, but I'm still learning to speak more phrases of the language to myself. If you don't have this book, Get it now. It's the best book that'll help you learn the basics and all the grammar of the language of the Klingon Empire. I rate this book 5x2 stars. It's the best Klingon dictionary Okrand ever made! Buy it and you'll learn the greatest language of the Empire! Qapla'!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian on August 24, 2007
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This book is excellent. It has everything (and I'm not exagerating here) you need to learn Klingon. The information is well organized and it's easy to learn the basics. And the dictionary is quite large, so it's easy to translate just about anything you can think of. Some English-to-Klingon phrases can get confusing sometimes because the Klingon translation isn't word for word with English. So, if you're a big fan of Star Trek, or you want to learn another language, this book is a must have.
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