Meet The Seattle Writer Fluent In An Alien Language

Sep 24, 2016

Eric Andeen first encountered the Klingon language like most people, while watching the film "Star Trek 3: The Search For Spock" as the crew of the Enterprise contended with the Klingons, a fictional alien race. However, when he spotted a Klingon dictionary in a bookstore a few months later, Andeen took it a step further. He decided to learn Klingon. 

Over 20 years later, Andeen is now one of just a handful of people fluent in the Klingon language. He attends yearly conferences with other Klingon speakers and often jokes with his best friend (another fluent speaker) in Klingon.

Sound Effect's Jennifer Wing talks with Andeen about why he decided to learn the language and about the community he's found around Klingon.