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Without Me in Klingon

I've always been impressed by anyone who can fluently speak more than one language. People who learn a manufactured language confound me. And being able to perform a known song in a manufactured language is just plain cool. Introducing the artist known as Klenginem, performing the Klingon version of Eminem's song Without Me. In Klingon, the song is called SuvwI'pu' qan tu'lu'be.

Growing up on the Klingon starbase Morska, it was no problem for Klenginem - whose real name is Quvar muHwI' valer - to receive the most different kinds of communication waves, among which also the terran rap-music.

As a communications officer, it was no problem for him to adapt the songs to the klingon music, and then he presented his first try to the warriors of the Dark Vengeance Fleet. To make his pseudonym, he used the name of a famous terran rap-singer, from the "Klingon Eminem" he got the name "Klenginem".


The website is clearly labeled as a parody, but what does that mean? I don't know the Klingon language, so I don't know how much of an accomplishment this song is. Maybe you know someone who is passingly fluent in Klingon to ask whether this performance is in fluent Klingon. Maybe we'll never know.

(via Culture Popped)

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2 Comments

I'm no expert on Klingon linguistics, either, but holy crap, this is amazing.

Anyone else think it sounds kinda like Hebrew in this context? I could totally see a bunch of kids dancing to this at a Bar Mitzvah.

said Jeem on October 16, 2009 11:43 AM.

I think the original Klingon language was written by Scotty, and then it was latter developed by a linguist who intentionally used sounds, inflections and word patterns that don't occur very frequently (or at all) in known languages.

Which is why it is a completely useless language.

Rodian, on the other hand...

said Don't Swayze Bro on October 16, 2009 2:22 PM.
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