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article imageBing adds Klingon language to its online translator

By Jacki Viles     May 16, 2013 in Entertainment
Atlanta - In conjunction with the new release of the latest movie in the Star Trek series, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’, the popular search engine, Bing has added the alien language, Klingon to their Bing Translation application page.
The fictional planet Klingon and their warrior inhabitants have been a classic villain/antagonist in the Star Trek series since their introduction in the original television series from the 1960’s.
In the first Star Trek theatrical release in 1979, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, several phrases were composed by actor James Doohan who played the loveable and able ‘Scotty', chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise. This was the basis for the foundation of a complete language developed by Marc Okrand. A complete dictionary was published in 1984 and a travel guide, ‘Klingon for the Galactic Traveler’ followed in 1997.
Hobbyists around the world have studied the language. Most critics complain that the lexicon is warrior like and difficult to maintain a natural conversation as certain words such as ‘bridge’ indicates the command center of a space ship and not necessarily a structure used to cross over water.
Awkwardness aside, the Klingon language reference has had its pop culture moments to the delight of their geeky ‘Trekkies’ fan base. You would expect Klingon to be spoken in any of the Star Trek series. But the language is also known to make cameo appearances of its’ own.
-In the season 10 episode of Frasier, Frasier Crane gives a speech at a Bar Mitzvah, which he read, completely in Klingon. He was fooled into thinking he was reading Hebrew.
-In the first season of ‘How I Met Your Mother’, Robin breaks a date with a nerd and the nerd responds with a Klingon insult (Your mother has a smooth forehead).
Even the popular drama NCIS has joined in as one of the investigators (who speaks fluent Klingon!) interrogates a suspect dressed as a Klingon for a Halloween episode.
To try out the new Klingon language feature for yourself, go to the translator link and click the drop down box to translate to or from your chosen language to Klingon.
Write your text to be translated and click 'Translate' to see the translation.
screenshot of Bing Translate
screenshot of Bing Translate
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