Beyond Antares wrote:
I just prefer to label the TUC scene as "apocryphal" and say that yes, Nyota Prime was an expert in languages just like the new one. It seems stupid to me that she wouldn't know Klingon, the language of the main enemy of the Federation.
Or maybe she was deliberately trying to sound bad, in order to play the part of a comical smuggler.
(In the novelization, the reason they can't use the UT is different: Valeris erases all records of the Klingon language from it.)