Our mother tongue is learned by listening / interacting with our parents, friends and family from childhood. But, then we grow and discover that there are other languages to communicate. We fall in love with English fame, the beauty of French, the warm style of Spanish, for the practicality of the Parseltongue … Wait there, Parsel, WHAT?
Yes, Parseltongue !! For those who do not know, this is the language that Harry Potter uses to communicate with snakes.
In the same sense, many other films, series and games have taken advantage of such a trick to help create their fictional universe and attract fans worldwide, especially those who are committed to learning the new languages.
Below is a list of the ten of the most amazing fictional languages (and can be learned by yourself) that suffer most from the nerd world.
1 Klingon – Star Trek
To make Star Trek in an increasingly realistic saga, the linguist Marc Okrand was one of the first to create a unique language for Hollywood productions: in the 1980s, he was responsible for all Klingon structure, alien language spoken by villains from space seen in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock.
The Klingon Language Institute is responsible for the academic study of the subject and really consists of a large structure for deepening the language. In addition, Klingon language books have already been created, there is a google page in Klingon and even a limited edition of a computer keyboard in the language has already been sold.
According to Wikipedia there are a dozen people in the world experts in this language. It is not an official language in any country.
It is not obvious to find good reasons to learn Klingon. As the vast majority of people always look for reasons to do something and move.
Though, the language has been successful among Star Trek fans, and to this day there are many of them willing to learn how to communicate as characters, and even snippets of Shakespeare and Bible work have already been translated into the language.
2 Quenya & Sindarin – The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings
When J.R.R. Tolkien created The Lord of the Rings, he did not just create a book or a story but he created a fantasy world that is far away from the reality. This world is smartly structured with creatures, maps, tales, politics and even fictional languages.
Quenya, perhaps the best known of all 32 languages created by Tolkien, is perhaps one of the most difficult to learn.
The two elven languages of Middle-earth (Quenya and Sindarin respectively) had their origins in languages spoken today. The first is based on the phonetics of the Finnish, while the second one has its structure in the Welsh. Though, both the languages are created by Tolkien. With a simple click, it is possible to find several dictionaries on this eloquent system of communication.
3 Na’vi – Avatar
If you think the imaginary language that the characters speak in the movie “Avatar” is just a random heap of sounds, that will bend your tongue!
Professor Paul Frommer was invited by the director James Cameron to elaborate the Na’vi language, with defined grammatical structure and real words.
There is a website called www.learnnavi.org that teaches people how to speak the language that the film’s blue giants use. You can learn simple phrases, but you can not graduate, since the language was created according to the needs of the film. Therefore, the vocabulary is limited and there are few grammatical rules.
Still, “Avatar” enters the club of invented languages that have come to life off-screen, such as the languages of Middle-earth in which old acquaintances of the fanatics in the universe created by JRR Tolkien, and especially the “Klingon”, which is practically a second language for Star Trek fans.
4 Dothraki – Game of Thrones
George R. R. Martin did not greatly develop the Dothraki language (or even Valiriana). He created a few words, but left to American linguist David J. Peterson the task of developing the syntax, semantics, and vocabulary of the tribe of the nomadic knights.
Peterson developed the fictional language, which is the native language of the people of nomadic knights who inhabit the fictional continent of Essos.
In the new app of “Dothraki Companion” we can learn to pronounce up to 300 Dothraki words using games, summaries and tutorials of grammar and dialogues.
The most trusted site for anyone who wants to learn is http://www.dothraki.com/, maintained by David himself. Another curiosity is that every time the protagonists improvise something in the language, the word must be in accordance with Dothrakian grammar.
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5 Newspeak – 1984
Newspeak is a fictional language which is found in the 1984 literary work of George Orwell’s that tells a hyper-authoritarian government of totalitarian state Oceania developed this language to get the freedom of thought.
The Newspeak was developed not by the creation of new words, but by the removal of them or of some of its senses. Again, The main objective for creating this fiction based language, is to restrict the scope of the thought.
The language has been used in the 1984 book has the opposite function of a real language. Such that one can avoid full communication for his entire thoughts and ideas. There is fundamental concept of this language – fewer the words, more the thought was directed to the same sense that stimulates the equality of opinion.
It is a reduced version of English and each language dictionary should be reduced.
6 Simlish – The Sims
So you thought your Sims only limited themselves to meaningless language? Well, believe me or not. In fact the creators Will Wright and Marc Gimbel defined that it wouldn’t be a real language, but there would be the rules for coherence.
Several times in the game, however, we can hear phrases in English or even in French and on websites people seek to find translations for yes expressions.
The main curiosity is that, an artist records a hit in Simlish with each update and extension.
7 Aklo – Myths of Cthulhu
Based on the small stories of Welsh writer Arthur Manchen, avowed fan H. P. Lovecraft developed the alien language into his tales that involved mysticism and fantasies.
This language appears in the Myths of Cthulhu and it is stated that it is biologically impossible for humans to speak it. It would be like trying to make a lion learn English perfectly.
Aklo must be absorbed in a state equated with hallucination, so that each word assumes its own meaning and is guided by our perception. The great problem of this is that those who attain this state go mad, die, remain cursed, or all three but not necessarily in that order.
8 Parseltongue – Harry Potter
Parseltongue is the ability to speak the language of snakes. It is frowned upon by Witch society. Since all wizards who have this gift are potentially evil. Among the notable wizards who can communicate with the snakes are Salazar Slytherin, Lord Voldemort, Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter.
The term first appears in the book “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” when Harry, without even noticing, manages to ask a snake not to attack a student. Then on, during the story, everyone thought that he was the heir of Slytherin because the house had the snake as a symbol and its founder, Salazar Slytherin, was an ophidioglote.
Still in the same book, Parseltongue was very important for Harry to get into the secret chamber. Before he discovered what it was, however, in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” he can talk to a zoo snake, which coincidentally or not, comes from Brazil.
From the evidences that signals, although it is almost a gift, Parseltongue can be learned in real world.
9 Nadsat – Mechanical Orange
The Clockwork Orange is a book by Anthony Burgess written in 1962. It tells the story of Alex, a boy who along with other young people of his gang (Pete, Georgie and Tapado) practice robberies, beatings, rape. Due to which the entire London devastated by an indeterminate future. Alex practices violence for sheer pleasure, as do most young people in his age.
The protagonist Alex, a lover of classical music (mainly Ludwig van Beethoven) and leader of the gang of delinquents, falls into the hands of the police. Incarcerated, Alex is used in an experiment called the “Ludovico Method”, created by the state and designed to curb the destructive impulses of the delinquents. When he returns to the regenerated streets, he begins to suffer with those who were previously the victims. After being used in a political game by the leftist party, the state reverses its “treatment.”
To complement the vocabulary of his characters, Anthony Burgess created more than two hundred words based on the slang of the English gypsies, in the English language itself, in Slavic expressions (sometimes altered semantically). He created associations of ideas, agglutinations and rhyming English jargon.
10 Gallifreyan – Doctor Who
Based on the popular British science fiction series Dr. Who, who has managed to collect thousands of fans around the world, language Gallifreyan originates from Gallifrey, a fictional planet where the Doctor and Time Lords were live. So far,
The Gallifreyan is a sign language which has two forms that are used in the famous TV series, the Modern and the Circular. There are various language generator translates words from our language symbols to represent them in the second version. You may have some errors because language is not official and there is no universal rules for approval, but for all those fans who want to use the images as avatars or send secret messages sure it will be an extremely attractive curiosity.