A DEDICATED Trekkie is on board with a new language ‘enterprise’ – providing the voice for a CD teaching the language of Klingon.
Star Trek fan Charlotte Kebbell (39), from West Pinchbeck, runs informal club Starbase 24 with her husband James, a fellow Trekkie, and through that got the chance to appear on Talk Now! Learn Klingon.
The CD-ROM aims to teach the US sci-fi series’ legion of loyal fans how to translate everyday words into the language of the show’s warrior race.
Charlotte said: “There are phrases like ‘How much will it cost?’ and ‘Where can I find a taxi?’.
“There’s nothing about starships and warpdrives – it’s all the sorts of things you might need if you were walking around Spalding and that you would learn if you started any other language.”
Charlotte works as a technical administrator at Univeg in Spalding – where she shares her passion for sci-fi with several other colleagues.
She was schooled in the words she needed for the guide by UK Klingon translator Jonathan Brown.
She said: “I am a complete novice – I’ve never been in a recording studio before. It was a completely new experience and it was very surreal sitting there in battle armour. We had such a laugh doing it.”
Starbase 24 has members across South Holland, King’s Lynn and Peterborough and regularly raises cash for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Their next event is a two-day banquet in Northampton this weekend – and they are aiming to beat the £2,000 they raised for the charity with their last banquet.
Charlotte said: “That’s why we dress up, put silly costumes on and make fools of ourselves. I am not a doctor or a nurse or research assistant but there is something I can do. We can make a difference.”
The language guide was launched by London-based Euro Talk last week.