Klingon and Other Languages

Well, we could hardly have this list without touching on some of the languages that have been born from geek culture. It is a surprisingly decent list too. Some will be more well-known languages and some will be more underground. Some will very likely surprise you, but many of them will have people who speak the language, some fluently. I’m not ashamed to say that  I would like to learn one or two of these languages. I’m also not ashamed to say that I do know one. Anyway, here is a list of languages that have been invented for and by geeks:

  • Dwarvish- Brought to us by Middle Earth, or the world in which Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit take place. This is obviously the language of the Dwarves. Now, the technical name for Dwarvish is actually Khuzdul. It was influenced by Hebrew and very little vocabulary is actually known.
  • Dothraki- The language was invented for the show Game of Thrones and actually now has a book and disk set to help you learn to speak the language. Dothraki is both the name of the people and their native tongue. It is a relatively new language but people seem very keen to learn it, so I’d expect it to be popping up more frequently soon.
  • Elvish- Now, they actually have several different constructed languages, though the most in-depth and widely known would have to be Tolkien’s Middle Earth Elvish. Though in the game Dragon Age and also in Dungeons and Dragons the Elves have their own language and may speak a few words of it. Tolkien’s Elvish, however is a very well planned out language and would be the one people were talking of when they say they can speak Elvish. If you want to get more into that you’ll have to check the Wiki page.
  • Gallifreyan- The language of the Time Lords, from the show Doctor Who. I, one night, learn to write in Gallifreyan. It’s a bit hard but fun. This language is fan made, and is only a written language, not spoken so if you want to learn you’ll have to be okay with just passing secret notes between yourself and your Whovian friends. Also, since this language is, as of now, only a fan made language its rules might change over time, so we’ll see if this language grows or stays forever head canon for some fans.
  • Klingon- One of the most widely known constructed languages. This one started on Star Trek, so as you can imagine I do not know much about it. But the language seems to have strong Latin influences and was meant to sound very alien as that’s what Klingons are. This is one of two languages invented for the Star Trek universe. It is both a written and spoken language and has many fluent speakers.
  • Na’vi- A very new language with very little vocabulary known. Based on the language of the people called Na’vi from the movie Avatar. Obviously since it’s new there has not been much of a push for a dictionary of more from the language, but if you want to be able to say a random few words others wouldn’t understand, there’s a good place to start.
  • Simlish- Yep, that gibberish Sims speak is technically and language called Simlish. There is no official guide to the language because it was literally meant to be gibberish the player could imagine meanings for as they played, however, there is an unofficial dictionary that can be found online that give a good idea as to the means behind some of the more frequent gibberish phrases the Sims use. I’ve looked it over once or twice and I must say, as an avid Sims player, it seems like a pretty legit guess.
  • Wookiee- I bet you didn’t realize that those guttural noises Chewbacca was making were actually a complex dialect commonly called Wookieespeak. Well, they were. The technical name for the dialect would be Shyriiwook, which is their main trade language. This is a language that can, indeed, be learned for anyone who wants to, though i feel like if you aren’t a Wookiee you sound a bit ridiculous speaking it since no tongue or lip movement is necessary and we just aren’t used to talking like that.
  • Vulcan- Another language that was invented for the fans of Star Trek. The written and spoken language seem very complex though I believe still able to be learned. In fact, I’m almost positive there are geeks out there who can speak Vulcan, though my understanding is not in the same numbers as those who learned Klingon.

Alright, those are some of the most well-known constructed languages. If you’re feeling geeky, go out a learn a few. You might be surprised how many people know it too.



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3 responses to “Klingon and Other Languages

  1. A friend of mine is attempting to learn klingon. It’s an impressive skill.

    Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!
    S. L. Hennessy


  2. Huh! The more you know! I had no idea there were people who were learning these languages. Another one that occurred to me, although not strictly a language, is the hieroglyphics on the pages of the Artemis Fowl books. If I remember correctly, one of my sons took the time to solve and translate the message in those symbols.

    Interesting blog — probably the first “geek” blog I have actually read. Hope you are enjoying the a to z blog challenge.

    from clearingspace4joy.wordpress.com


    • geekylola

      Well, thank you. I wouldn’t really call my blog a geek blog, but for this month it definitely is. I just wanted to inform people a bit. There are a lot of people who don’t really know what it means to be a geek or anything about geeks they may know because of geek to non-geek barriers. I’m just trying to break some of those and give people who might not know much about geek culture a chance to break the ice with a geek they know. I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog so far.

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