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Fictional Languages You Can Actually Learn To Speak

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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.
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  • Klingon

    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

    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.

     

  • High Valyrian

    Where You've Heard It: The High Valyrian language on HBO's Game of Thrones is similar to real-world modern day Latin in that it is a mostly dead language. However high born children of Essos and Westeros, like Arya Stark and Daenerys Targaryen, are taught the language in order to show off their education.

    Sample Phrases:

    Skoriot rāenābion ilza?

    Where's the bathroom?

    Hobroti jās

    F*ck off

    Tolī rhūqo lōtinti, kostilus

    More pigeon pie, please. 

    Learn more High Valyrian words and phrases.

     

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    Na'vi

    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.