A small list of common opposites.

A small list of common opposites.

alive – asa | dead – kupa
beautiful – aya | ugly – kapi
big – taha | small – ahi
bitter – nika | sweet – tsuhu
cheap – yasue | expensive – mpaha
clean – apya | dirty – punan
correct – sahya | wrong – puta
curly – sonyo | straight – tsoku
difficult – nkumu | easy – enke / tlahi
early – haye | late – tsipue
fat – sipo | thin – enka
full – yeno | empty – pita
good – tama | bad – mala
happy – noya | sad/unhappy – muhe
hardworking – pinya | lazy – make
hot – sitsa | cold – manka
intelligent – pina | stupid – paka
interesting – kyomi | boring – nuta
light – sapo | heavy – suala
modern – pakon | traditional – nyetsi
new – pako | old – hikya / kati
nice – niha | nasty – nanka
polite – muata | rude/impolite – ketsu
poor – nyopa | rich – poyo
quiet – kyo’a / su’u / inka | noisy – oton / onkon
safe – mona | dangerous – opa
short – nkanu | long – kiha
single – tlayanke | married – tlaya
soft – petsa | hard – taso
true – uala | false – puta
healthy – sana | ill/sick – pyoki
white – nyahi | black – oya


New Kala word

pinya – /piːɲa/ – industrious, diligent, hardworking

Taken from: pilny

Kala Idiom

타마 우지 뉴시
tlama uatsi nuesi
/t͡ɬaːma waːt͡ʃi nʷɛːʃi/
sometime fish drown
Occasionally, even fish drown. = even experts get it wrong

Over the next few months I plan on exploring idioms on this page and how to express them (or, how I would) in Kala.

Tloko glyph

hamo – /haːmo/ – hook; barb; check or tick mark

reminiscent of Han Character

The glyph on the left is the ‘epigraphic’ version, the middle is the ‘text’, and the right is the ‘handwritten’. The red “nsu” is the syllable from which the glyph was derived.

Kala phrase

이탐 마아 하모 티비티
itlam ma’a hamo tlipitli
/iːt͡ɬam maːʔa haːmo t͡ɬɪpiːt͡ɬi/
this-PL with hook fasten-FUT
These will be fastened on with a hook.

Trek Rant, sort of

So, lately I’ve been writing a few opinion pieces for a Star Trek blog. While I have been a long-time fan, and I enjoy writing, I’ve noticed that there are a multitude of serious fans that do not take kindly to having their precious sci-fi put to scrutiny. This is not a serious issue for me, as I am inclined to write and let my writing stand without much regret. However, it isn’t a goal of mine to ridicule or take away pleasure in a franchise that has endured for half a century.

My general view of the news series, starting on September 24th of this year, is that there have been multiple delays; key personnel have left the show, only to be replaced by others with less stellar resumes, and the overall look of the show has veered toward a Abrams-style that many fans found off-putting in the latest trilogy of films.

The tricky thing here is accepting a realistic assessment of a sci-fi television show…I say that because certainly a portion of the fan base wants to simply watch and be entertained, and not have the fantasy of it all be criticized or revealed as such. That’s completely understandable, but what would be too far? How much change is acceptable before a fan looses interest? Or, is it the fan, through aging, that no longer can accept the fantastical nature of a show like Discovery. These questions are perhaps too philosophical and overly analytical for a TV show, but they seem relevant none-the-less.

One possibility, that with a newer generation running things at CBS and Paramount, as well as a younger audience to entice, things need to change, things need to be fresh in order to be successful. My guess is that no one will ever reach a definitive answer for all of the consternation felt by so many for all of the various reasons they might voice could very well simply be veiled crotchetiness.

As for me, I’m well passed it all. I’ve lost interest in the whole debate; the Klingons, the style of the show, the uniforms, the characters…etc. I have seen every episode of Trek that has ever been shown on TV, but this newest series might be the one I skip, based on nothing more than wanting to have plausible deniability to avoid discussion and debate about its various controversial aspects.

Tloko glyph

uma – /uːma/ – horse; equine

reminiscent of Han Character

The glyph on the left is the ‘epigraphic’ version, the middle is the ‘text’, and the right is the ‘handwritten’. The red “x” indicates this glyph was not derived from a syllable glyph.