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UPDATA Babble On Revisited When we last checked in with Klingon linguist d'Armond Speers (" Dejpu'bogh Hov rur qabllj! " Wired 4.08, page 84), he had embarked on an ambitious project: to teach his toddler Alec to be bilingual in English and Klingon. Now that Alec's reached his fifth birthday, how's the effort going? "I had a tremendously hard time talking to him about everyday things," Speers confesses. Klingon's vocabulary at the time was only about 2,000 words, and it lacked some crucial vocabulary, such as words for bottle and diaper. So Speers found himself using "thing which is flat" for table. "Alec very rarely spoke back to me in Klingon, although when he did, his pronunciation was excellent and he never confused English words with Klingon words," Speers says. "But we did sing Klingon songs together." (A RealAudio file of Alec singing is at www.bigfoot.com/~dspeers/klingon/resources.htm .) "Eventually he stopped listening to me when I spoke in Klingon. It was clear that he didn't enjoy it, and I didn't
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