fiction Fictional Languages You Can Actually Learn

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Languages are just invented for use in the real world all the time, but some languages are made up for people and cultures that don't really exist. Many books, films, comics, and television shows contain fictional cultures with functional languages that fans (particularly sci-fi and fantasy fans) have learned to speak. It just makes sense that folks would want to speak in the language of their favorite characters.

Thanks to the Internet, learning and spreading made up languages is easier than ever. Whether you want to learn a language from your favorite video game (Simlish), your favorite family movie (Minionese), or 3D movie (Na'vi), now you can. Maybe you're more literary want to learn Tolkien's Elvish? Maybe some Dothraki? Ever wanted to speak Klingon? With this list of fictional languages you can learn, you'll be an amateur linguist in a nonsense tongue before you know it.

This list contains the best fictional languages that you can really master with a little Googling, a lot of time, and even more patience. Translated phrases and words are included to get you started. These are the best fictional languages that you can actually learn to speak.

Klingon


Klingon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Fictional Languages You Can Actually Learn
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Where You've Heard It: As spoken by the battle hardened Klingons in many, many Star Trek movies and television shows, as well as at conventions, in Klingon language books, in the Klingon adaptation of Hamlet, and from the guy on the subway.

Sample Phrases
:
nuqDaq 'oH puchpa"e'?

Where is the bathroom?

jlyajbe'

I don’t understand.

'arlogh Qoylu'pu'?
What time is it?

Buy a book to learn Klingon here.

Elvish


Elvish is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Fictional Languages You Can Actually Learn
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Where You've Heard It: Any of the works of JRR Tolkien or in Peter Jackson's six big screen adaptations. As spoken by Elves or Aragorn. There are actually two distinct languages in Elvish, along with many developed dialects.

Sample Phrases
:
Elen sila lumenn'omentelvo.

A star shines on the hour of our meeting.

Saesa omentien lle.

Pleasure meeting you.

 
lle homa ve' edan

You smell like a human.

You can learn Elvish free of charge here.

Dothraki


Dothraki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fictional Languages You Can Actually Learn
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Where You've Heard It: Spoken by the nomadic Dothraki on the hit HBO show Game of Thrones and the book series it's based on, A Song of Ice and Fire.

Sample Phrases:
Hash yer dothrae chek asshekh?

Do you ride well today?

Asshekhqoyi vezhvena!

Happy birthday!

Yer affesi anni.
You make me itch.

Find an informative Dothraki resource here.

Na'vi


Na'vi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fictional Languages You Can Actually Learn
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Where You've Heard It: Spoken by the alien Na'vi in James Cameron's Avatar and in the inevitable Avatar sequels.

Sample Phrases

Fayvrrtep fitsenge lu kxani. Fipoti oel tspiyang, fte tikenong liyevu atlaru.
These demons are forbidden here. I will kill this one as a lesson to the others.

Atokirina 

Seeds of a great tree.

Tawtute
Human
 
You can brush up on your Na'vi here.

Nadsat


Nadsat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fictional Languages You Can Actually Learn
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Where You've Heard It: Said out loud by the irredeemable Droods in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and the novel by Anthony Burgess on which it's based.

Sample Words:
Cheena
Woman
 
Moloko
Milk

Nadsat
Teenage

Neeznhies
Underpants

Expand your Nadsat vocabulary here.

Lapine


Lapine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Fictional Languages You Can Actually Learn
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Where You've Heard It: In the book Watership Down or the animated film adapted from Richard Adams's novel. Spoken by the rabbits and subsequently developed into a full language.

Sample Phrases

Os e layth Frithyeer hyaones, on layth zayn yayn dahloil.
If it’s sunny today, we’ll go and find dandelions.

Pfeffa
Cat

Vair
To poop

Check out more selected samples of Lapine here.

Simlish


Simlish is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Fictional Languages You Can Actually Learn
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Where You've Heard It: All of those poor, poor people you controlled while playing any of Sims games.

Sample Phrases
Yulhullie mud lapllahaduhil.
To serve and protect.

Nooboo
Baby
 
Dag Dag!
Bye Bye!

There's an app that teaches Simlish and you can pick it up here.

Ewokese


Ewokese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Fictional Languages You Can Actually Learn
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Where You've Heard It: Spoken by those furry little teddy bear/tiny wookiee looking things (Ewok/Wookiee get it?) in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.

Sample Words:
Aargutcha
Pull

Dee Fratta
That is

Ee chee wa maa!
Wow!

Yubnub!
Hurray!

Learn the finer points of Ewokese here.