a common language spoken on Earth or by Earthlings
He sent out a call to the planet below, but there was no answer. He tried several languages, in addition to Terran, and finally the intergalactic sound code. There was still no answer.
Mike turned his scowl on Nicko and snapped, ‘For Christ sake, speak Terran!’
A hymn was going up, now. Rayner strained to catch the words, but it seemed that they were only partly in Terran, and mainly in some strange and alien language whose words were smooth-flowing and liquid, with many vowels and few harsh consonants.
The best way to learn to pronounce Klingon with no trace of a Terran or other accent is to become friends with a group of Klingons and spend a great deal of time socialising with them.
You speak Terran, I speak Terran, we should be able to come up with some kind of understanding.
Kendell Foster Crossen, 'The Caphian Caper'
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