The world is full of fictional languages. Though mostly confined to the world in which they are spoken, there are small communities of people that will happily spend their spare time learning such a language.
That’s right, the internet in all its glory has gifted us with many things, fictional language resources included.
Here are 8 such languages that you can learn right now.
Created for the Game of Thrones universe by David Peterson, the Dothraki language has a vocabulary of over 3,000 words.
For the TV series, HBO hired The Language Creation society to create the language, drawing inspiration from the GoT author George R. R. Martin’s description of it, as well as languages like Turkish, Russian, Estonian, Inuktitut and Swahili.
Featured in the 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange, the slang-based language was created by author Anthony Burgess.
Mixing modified Slavic and Russian along with words that Burgess simply made up, Nadsat is essentially English with some transliterated Russian words. It’s also influenced by Cockney English and the King James Bible.
The novel was made into a film directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1971.
Featured in the beloved Harry Potter series, Parseltongue is the language of snakes, so it pretty much sounds like a series of hisses.
Apparently it’s difficult to track down learning resources to learn, but should you actually want to sound like a total creep, you can use this English-to-Parselmouth translator.
If you’ve ever played the game The Sims, you’ll be familiar with this gibberish-sounding language.
It was created by the game’s development team by experimenting with fractured French, Latin, Ukrainian, Finnish, English and Tagalog. If you’re keen to learn the language – because how useful – you can check out this website.
The language spoken by the alien inhabitants of Pandora in the 2009 film Avatar. Created by Paul Frommer, who has a doctorate in linguistics, the language was designed to the specifications of director James Cameron. The idea was that the language had to be realistically learned by the human characters of the movie.
As of 2010, there is a sizable community of fans that speak the language along with websites that feature basic learning materials.
Perhaps the most well known of all fictional languages, Klingon was created for the Star Trek universe by Marc Okrand.
It was so well developed that there is actually a Klingon Language Institute that holds yearly seminars in the US to help newcomers learn the language and allow veterans (nerds) discuss it. Serious business.
Featured in the animated series Futurama, Alienese is probably the easiest fictional language to learn.
Often the vessel for hidden in-jokes, it began as a simple substitution of the alphabet, containing 26 characters that directly correspond to the English alphabet.
After this was deemed way too easy for fans, a second language was created using maths. According to Britannica, “Each symbol has a numerical value, and messages are decoded into English thusly: first, translate the first symbol directly (0=A, 1=B, etc.), then for remaining letters subtract the previous symbol’s value (if the result is less than 0, add 26).”
J.R.R. Tolkien began creating the Elvish language before he started writing any of his well-known books (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings).
Fans commonly learn two forms of the language: High Elvish and Sindarin, both of which are loosely based on Finnish and Welsh. They can even be subdivided into different dialects, which I guess is understandable given Tolkien himself was a philologist and lexicographer.