Kala Phrase

tlimpula puloni salahue tlipunko
chandelier crystal-fine room-LOC hang-CONT
A fine crystal chandelier hangs in the room.


Moya Calligraphy

A stylized tanka (“hawk; eagle”) in the traditional Moya.

New Kala word

pulo – /puːlo/ – crystallization; crystalline; crystal

Taken from: büllür

Kala Phrase

나암 녀 바나 다허 이도 더버먀여
na’am nye pana tahe ito tepemyaye
/naːʔam nʲe paːna taːɦe iːto tepemʲaːjɛ/
1pl.EXCL becaue rain under tree shelter-CAUS-PST
We took shelter from the rain under a tree.

The syllable sequence “s-(m)p-“

sapa – boot; footwear; shoe
sapo – light; easy; gentle; soft [not heavy]
sepa – injury; wound; hurt; wound; injure
sepu – mill; grain mill; millstone
sempo – abacus; plan; scheme
sipa – do harm to; cause trouble
sipi – acne; pimple; zit; wart
sipo – be fat; lard; grease
simpa – be anxious; neurosis; anxiety
simpu – clam; mussel; oyster
sopa – balcony; patio; terrace
supa – prescription; recipe; formula; cookbook
supye – butter; cream; extract
suepa – blister; bleb [watery blister]

The number of minimal pairs in Kala is high, due to the strict syllable structure and typical lemma being made-up of a CVCV root. I’ve tried to relate a few of these and others I have endeavored to keep from seeming related at all. This makes for some nice tongue twisters and some difficult semantics, but it is a feature that I enjoy.

Kala Idiom

빈단 가라 마 즈믄 야라
pintan kala ma tsumun yala
/piːⁿtan kaːla ma t͡suːmun yaːla/
discreet-ADV speak and cautious-ADV walk
Speak discreetly and walk carefully. ~谨言慎行 = be discreet in word and deed

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

So, we’ve discovered the newest iteration of Star Trek on TV.

First, I find Michael Burnham to be a laudable character, at least, as far as her bio suggests she should be. Supposedly educated by none other than Spock’s father, Sarek, it is hinted that she might be the only human to ever have attended Vulcan schools. However, through her actions during the first episode it might be understandable to assume she is an average emotionally volatile human. Only a day or so after Capt. Georgiou discusses a command of her own, Burnham commits blatant mutiny in order to initiate what can only be considered war with the Klingons, a hereto misunderstood and feared enigma to the Federation and Strafleet; hardly a logical course of action.

Secondly, the rest of the crew seems an afterthought, barely worthy of their names appearing in the end credits. The interaction of Burnham, Georgiou, and Saru are splattered across every scene with almost no interaction from the rest of the crew. This might seem acceptable for a pilot episode, but with Trek, the ensemble cast has always been introduced with an easy simplicity in the premiere episodes. This is yet another thing that seems difficult for DSC to learn from its predecessors.

Thirdly, the Klingons seem to be taking center stage. And despite the obvious outward redesign, they also do not behave exactly like other Klingons throughout the Trek universe. This might be explained during the rest of the first season, but even then it seems as though a more fitting title for the show would be “Star Trek: Exposition of Klingons”. There also seemed to be a thick layer of a Game of Thrones paint slathered all over the interactions among the Klingons. While this may be the norm for modern TV, it is an anathema to the Trek universe. Star Trek has always had an air of big “D” drama, as it should given the varying degrees of danger the crews find themselves in, but the majority of that drama has been more than a few paces away from Soap Opera style drivel.

Lastly, the effects…this show so obviously and painfully is drawing from the JJ Abrams style of cinematography that I wonder if they might be paying him royalties. The style of Trek on TV has always been more-or-less in-line with the rest of non-sci-fi TV. That is, no flares, no tilted camera angles, dramatic close-ups only when deemed necessary. I can imagine a few people were actually mildly dizzy watching the cyclonic movements and frenzied lighting that made-up the majority of the first two episodes. This is without-a-doubt, not the Trek of old, and it may very well have changed too much.

I know quite a many people fell in love with this show as soon as it aired. Those are the people that would have also bought a pet rock, chattering teeth, or plopped down a bundle for a sliver of land on the moon. This show may, after a while, prove itself to be the incarnation of Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future, but it failed in the first 90 minutes to convince me that it isn’t much more than a marketing ploy by CBS to entice people into paying for a streaming service that will still force viewers to watch commercials and probably have buffering issues with horrifying regularity. I, for one, am not sold.