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The Klingon Dictionary: English/Klingon, Klingon/English (Star Trek) [Paperback]

Marc Okrand
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1 Mar 1992 Star Trek (trade/hardcover)
"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!"

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  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; Subsequent edition (1 Mar 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067174559X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671745592
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marc Okrand Marc Okrand devised the dialogue and coached the actors speaking the KlingonTM language heard in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock"TM, "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier"TM, and "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"TM. The Klingon language he developed has also been used in a number of episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation"® and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"®. In addition, he created the Vulcan dialogue for "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"TM and "Star Trek III."

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not light reading 2 Dec 2004
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I bought this for a bit of a laugh. I always wanted to dress up as a Klingon, enter a busy bar on a Saturday night and ask the barman for a prune juice, then headbutt the first bloke who gave me a funny look whilst telling him (in Klingon of course) that his mother has a smooth forehead.
Now, as soon as I get the costume I can, and a whole lot more. It's not easy though. Don't expect to read from cover to cover and be able to speak Klingon like Worf and Martok though. That just ain't gonna happen...
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
You know you are a Star Trek fan when:
1) You wear your own uniform.
2) You make your own Jumja Sticks.
3) You learn to speak Klingon.
The first two are pretty easy: All it takes is some courage and a butter/sugar combination.
The third point is a little more tricky. Klingon (or Klingonese) is an actual language developed by some cunning language experts at various American Universities combined with the content of the first six Star Trek movies and early TNG episodes.
The next logical thing to do with the Klingon language was to make it available for Star Trek fans and so Mark Ocrand (who is now seen to be one of the founding fathers of the Klingon language) put together a Klingon Dictionary and published it with Pocket Books.
The book itself is quite old now and has sections dedicated to 'common phrases' and an actual dictionary section. The main body of the book however, actually teaches you how to pronounce tricky Klingon words and deals with things like Verbs, Nouns and even numbers.
The Dictionary is amazingly well put together. It is to all intents are purposes, the foundation to an actual, real life language.
Language is important. It is one of the aspects that makes a culture unique and the Klingon language is a wonderful example of how Star Trek can build its worlds effectively. (It's just a shame that they don't stick to it properly.)
The Klingon language used to be a very important part of Star Trek fan culture and the Klingon Dictionary used to sell by the ton. However, these days not many fans are bold enough to go all the way and learn the Klingon language. So if you are a Star Trek fan, why not go all the way and buy the Klingon Dictionary and learn the language of one of the most diverse alien cultures of the Star Trek Galaxy?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek dead? Hell no 16 July 2011
By L Medza
Some people might say that star trek is dead, but thanks to the internet we can still have treasures like this.

It is not a book that you can read cover to cover and know how to speak Klingon, instead you pick up little bits now and then and make choking noises as you walk round your house.

It might be something that never read properly, but never the less, its a nice piece in every collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of fun 9 Dec 2011
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This is a standard paperback. Written almost like a Teach Yourself book and has a good dictionary section. Not being from Kronos I am not sure how accurate it is but it is a fun item for Star Trek fans and fine at the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dictionary 12 Oct 2013
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ordered for my son,he was delighted,he and his friends are learning to speak klingon i think the dictionary is helping
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a bedtime read but great companion 14 Jun 2013
By Rowena
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I have always been interested in different languages and when I found that I too could learn the language of one of the most well-known alien races in the Alpha Quadrant I had to buy.

This is so much more than a dictionary providing a lot of support with grammar and pronunciation, areas that are rather more complex than originally anticipated. I would recommend that the dictionary is used in conjunction with a good friend as no-one can learn a language from reading a book alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another present 17 April 2013
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My husband is a life long Star Trek fan and this was bought to make up a 60th birthday present package. For all Klingon devotees this is a handy book.
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