- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; Subsequent edition (January 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067174559X
- ISBN-13: 978-0671745592
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 113 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,334 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 is a linguist who created the Klingon language heard in several Star Trek films and television series. He is the author of three books.
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I recently purchased this book (The Klingon Dictionary: the official guide to Klingon words and phrases by Marc Okrand) recently and read it cover to cover. This 191 page volume was not an easy read. Marc Okrand, who created the Klingon Dictionary and language, does a good job of explaining the finer details of understanding the Klingon language, but like learning any new language, one must immerse themselves into the subject. I also have no one to converse in the Klingon language, which makes learning it a problem.
To learn any language thoroughly it is best to live among the people. Since there is no way I can live among the Klingons at this time, I will have to just focus on this interesting dictionary.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior’s poetic tribute).
First, it’s a very fun read. The book doesn’t get bogged down in language rules although there are plenty of those. The entire time you spending reading, you’d never know that Klingons and their culture are a functional part of the Star Trek universe. It’s written as if the Klingon history and culture were a part of our world. That makes the book work and makes the study so much more fun and interesting.
Second, listening to Klingons speak Klingon, especially in the new Discovery series where it is very prominent, is so much more fun after reading this book. It comes to life. I find myself listening intently to see what words I recognize.
A ton of fun!
This Klingon "Dictionary" is really more of a fan book on the Klingon language. Most of the book is about Klingon syntax and language structure. There are not many English to Klingon translations. There are a lot more Klingon to English translations which sounds like the same thing but I find them less entertaining for some reason. That being said it is a well written fan book. It both acknowledges and covers what is missing from the book with statements like "starfleet has yet to approve a study into Klingon nutrition." This is a fun book. I don't think it would be very helpful on a trip to Kronos but it entertaining and my girlfriend loved it. Can't ask for more than that.
There is a large translation vocabulary section, going both from Klingon to English and English to Klingon. Following that is a short section of common phrases (like "Where is the bathroom?")
The book itself is a normal quality paperback. I see it getting well-used over time, and I'm sure it will hold up just fine.
If you're interested in learning Klingon, you can't do any better than this book. It is well-organized, simple to understand, and provides a lot of good examples. I have only been reading the book for about a week, but I can fairly easily spell Klingon I hear on TV or in a movie, and I understand the occasional word. Once I get my vocabulary up, I'm sure I'll be able to understand it all.