Have you been looking for a place to practice your Klingon language skills? You can use them to win two tickets to our upcoming Star Trek – In Concert on Saturday 2 June!

Just call the Royal Albert Hall’s Klingon Box Office on on 020 7959 0597 after 10am on Friday, order your tickets in Klingon, but leave your name and phone number in English to be in with a chance of winning free tickets to this film screening with live orchestra. The first 10 people to book in Klingon will win two tickets each!

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Need some help with your Klingon?

The harsh, guttural Klingon language is called tlhIngan Hol. It was invented for Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, and it has appeared in various Star Trek spinoffs, including Star Trek: Discovery on Netflix.

Alphabet
The Klingon alphabet looks like this. There are no silent letters: they are all very loud.
a, b, ch, D, e, gh, H, I, j, l, m, n, ng, o, p, q, Q, r, S, t, tlh, u, v, w, y, ‘

Pronunciation

  • Vowels are simple to pronounce: a as in father, e like stare, I like shiver, o like coal and u like cool.
  • Some consonants are pronounced like they are in English: b, j, l, m, n, p, t, and w. ch is pronounced as in Puccini. ng is pronounced as in song, not finger or danger.
  • D and t and S are pronounced with the tongue pressed against the roof of your mouth.
  • S is pronounced like Schubert, not Sibelius.
  • q is the Klingon version of a hard c sound, as in conductor rather than chandelier.
  • gh, H and Q are growled. gh is the softest, like an exaggerated rolled r. H sounds like the ch in Bach. Q is like the small q followed by a H; it’s a very forceful kkh sound.
  • tlh is a tough one; like cl in clarinet, but as you’re saying the l part, let some air out of the side of your mouth. You should feel one cheek vibrate as you say it.
  • The ‘ apostrophe counts as a letter. It’s a glottal stop, like uh-oh.

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Our box office staff are ready to take your calls!

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