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  • ...has made me almost want to learn Klingon.

    Note that I said almost. :\

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    • Lately I'm telling people: if you have an itch to learn a language, go learn American Sign Language. It's good and good for you! Really, it switches on whole new parts of your brain.

      Or if you want vocal languages, learn Haitian. Or Hopi! Or Hawai'ian! Or Maori! Or Malay! Or Swahili! Or Tagalog! Or hell, Nahuatl, or Korean, or Hindi, or Tamil, or Vietnamese! Each of these is as interestingly non-European as Klingon is, each in its own way. Each of these languages has a real, huge, imaginative literature -- whether as music or in prose. For each of those languages, there are texts, but you'll have a fun time calling around to track down Viet/Malay/Haitian/etc music or books or dictionaries or videos. You can start at Amazon and Yahoo.

      And unlike Klingon, those languages are 1) not copyrighted by Paramount Studios, and 2) not a joke that fell flat, leaving people with nothing more interesting to talk about other than whether you can use a passivizer affix on a semantically subjectless verb.


      • Lately I'm telling people: if you have an itch to learn a language, go learn American Sign Language. It's good and good for you! Really, it switches on whole new parts of your brain.

        Or if you want vocal languages, learn Haitian. Or Hopi! Or Hawai'ian! Or Maori! Or Malay! Or Swahili! Or Tagalog! Or hell, Nahuatl, or Korean, or Hindi, or Tamil, or Vietnamese! Each of these is as interestingly non-European as Klingon is, each in its own way.


        The best of these languages, and the worst about Klingon, is that
      • I was always disappointed that there was no Vulcan language invented. The few samples we have (Star Trek: The Motion Picture) are quite obviously just garbled gibberish based on English (same sounds, etc.) I bought the original Klingon dictionary and still have it, but I could just never get the urge to devote the time to the Klingon language when I was always much more interested in Vulcans. (Practically memorized Spock's World in Junior High School. I was pretty serious.)

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