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qepHom FAQ
Frequently asked questions

WHAT IS A QEPHOM?
The word qepHom means "minor meeting". It serves to gather for practice and teaching of the Klingon language and gives Klingon speakers the oportunity to meet Klingonists from their area. It also gives the newbies the chance to get the right start to learn the language, or to find out what Klingon really is. Briefly, it's a Klingon language course.

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I DON'T SPEAK KLINGON YET. WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?
The qepHom is the perfect place to learn Klingon. You will certainly grasp the basics and after the weekend, everyone will know more than one Klingon sentence.

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I DON'T SPEAK GERMAN YET. WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?
Okay, a german qepHom held in Germany will have many German speakers, that's clear and cannot be avoided. On the other hand, many of the attendees speak enough english to get along, and we hope the Klingon mightalso be a way to communicate. We try to adapt the amount of English lectures to the amount to English speakers, so that it won't become boring fo anybody. As we have our tenth anniversary this year, the English to German percentage will be 50/50, even the movie will have english subtitles.

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I ONLY SPEAK FEW BITS OF KLINGON. DOES IT MAKE SENSE FOR ME TO ATTEND?
Of course. After the weekend you will know a lot more "bits of klingon".

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WON'T A NEWBIE LIKE ME FEEL LOST AMONG ALL THOSE FLUENT KLINGONISTS?
There are not as many "fluent" Klingonists as you might believe. Don't bother too much about that; on ten participants, their might be two or three "fluent" speakers. Most attendees are beginners and advanced, but nobody is fluent in Klingon.

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DO I NEED ANY BOOKS FOR THE QEPHOM?
Of course it's useful if you take everything you got about Klingon. Most important is The Klingon Dictionary, maybe Klingon for the Galactic Traveler and your personal notes. But you can also get along if you don't have those. All the exercises will be xeroxed for you in a small booklet, and there are books to look at.

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IS THIS SOME KIND OF TREK DINNER?
No. Not all participants are specifically Star Trek Fans. The qepHom is a klingon class where everyone can participate who is interested in the language. Of course many people will disguise and live their Klingon character. But it is still a *language* meeting, so if you do not want to learn Klingon, it will be quite boring.

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HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO PAY AS A VEGETARIAN?
Vegetarians pay the same price as the carnivores. It is not possible to order half board, but that would not make much difference in the price anyway.

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HOW MUCH IS A SINGLE ROOM?
The rrom fees are listed at the registration page.

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MUST I TRANSFER THE MONEY, OR PAY AT THE YOUTH HOSTEL?
The main page explains where you can transfer the money. Once you've paid, you are automatically registred for the qepHom. Like this you don't need any money at the qepHom and bother any more about money there.

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DO I NEED TO PAY FOR SOMETHING DURING THE QEPHOM?
The amount you pay covers everything, as long as you only drink water and tea during dinner.

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DO I NEED A KLINGON NAME?
No.

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CAN I STILL REGISTER AFTER THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE?
reH 'eb tu'lu' - There is always a chance, but after the deadline we cannot guarantee that there will be free beds left in the youthhostel.

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ARE THERE SMOKING ROOMS?
The entire building is non-smoking area. You can smoke outside.

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CAN I TAKE MY PET WITH ME?
Pets are not allowed at the youthhostel, unless you need a guiding dog.

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WHEN DOES THE QEPHOM START AND WHEN WILL IT BE OVER?
The official start is the opening dinner on thursday night 6:00 p.m. but we will have the conference room all day long, so the qepHom starts whenever you come. Our last meal will be taken on sunday noon, 12:00 p.m.

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WHAT DO I NEED FOR THE YOUTHHOSTEL?
Everything you need when you go to a hotel, including towels.

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DO I NEED A SLEEPING BAG, SHEETS, TOWELS OR YOUTHHOSTEL MEMBERSHIP?
No, no, yes, no. The bedsheets are inclusive. You just need to make up your bed yourself. Towels can be borrowed for one Euro. The qepHom-host has a youthhostel membership representing all qepHom-participants.

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CAN I WALK FROM THE RAILWAY STATION TO THE QEPHOM? OR DO I NEED A CAB?
To the youthhostel you walk less than a mile on the shortest way. This can easily be done in 15 to 20 minutes. The taxi drives through the city and costs about six to eight euro.

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IF I TAKE A TAXI, WHAT IS THE EXACT ADDRESS OF THE YOUTHHOSTEL?
The youthhostel is located next to the socalled 'Prinzenweiher' (pronounced PRINCE AND WHY ER). Its address is Meerwiesertalweg 31, in 66123 Saarbrucken. On the road to the university.

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