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The Kobali language is the spoken language of the Kobali, a species native to the Delta Quadrant that reanimates the dead of other species to procreate.

When former Ensign Lyndsay Ballard was brought back to life, she was reprogrammed to think in Kobali first, and had to translate things into English in her head. (VOY: "Ashes to Ashes")

Established words

  • Bekta : "Fire" (as in a weapon), "Engage", "Attack", "Now" or "Activate" (as in to make a program/sequence active)... etc... (heck, it could even mean "Throw", since languages often have odd roots for their commonly used words, like "fire" is used in english)
  • Kyn'steya : "Past Life"
  • Vyk'tiote : "Crumpled dance".
Literal translation of a certain kind of wave phenomenon.

Established dialogue

  • Vien'ke debala, Jhet'leya. : The comets are tiresome.
It is possible that Lyndsay Ballard's Kobali name, Jhet'leya, means "comet" in the Kobali language. This would be consistant with the fact that they recovered her from a Photon torpedo casing.


In Lyndsay's shuttle...

Lyndsay: "Tam'vitte... Rel mestal!"
Shuttle computer: "Mestal te'iote senve."
Lyndsay: "Siote ven'suil. Bekta! Tam'vitte, me'iote sendaya Voyager."

In engineering, Lyndsay switches back and forth from Kobali to English:

"All I need to do is vyq'tal the qen'dioqe matrices, stabilize the per'cheya, tez'tel se nenna... Cham'bioque!"

Lyndsay yells at the Doctor and Harry Kim:

"Stoi'gia! Net'staika pen'daeli shevaob!"

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