Linguists Got Nothing On These 8 Made-Up Languages


While it seems that people are making up new words constantly, there are some fictional languages that stand the test of time. Movies, books and games have created some truly amazing ways of communicating that are more popular than any of its creators could have imagined.

Here are 8 fictional languages you don't need a college degree to master:


1. Klingon from "Star Trek."

While there are only about 3,000 Klingon words, this language is well-known by both Star Trek fans and non-fans alike. In 1984, Leonard Nimoy commissioned linguist Marc Okrand to create a real language for the fictional Klingon race. Today, Klingon is so popular that there is a Klingon language app and there is even Shakespeare in Klingon.

2. Furbish from the Furbies.

Furbies, the most adorably creepy robotic toys of the '90s, have their own language called Furbish. All Furbies begin with a set vocabulary of their own language, and then they gradually learn English.

3. Newspeak from "Nineteen Eighty-Four."

If you live in the Big Brother-controlled state of Oceania, in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, then you were basically forced to speak Newspeak. This language was used to control the communication of all of the inhabitants. And what's confusing is that Newspeak included both common English vocabulary and new words like "crimethink" and "duckspeak."

4. Minionese from “Despicable Me.”

While this might be called Banana Language to some, the official title for this dialect is called Minionese. The language used by the Minions is based on interesting-sounding words from all over the world. And as the Minions grow in popularity, so will Minionese.

5. Simlish from The Sims.

If you have ever played any of the games in The Sims franchise and wondered what language your characters were speaking, it turns out it is called Simlish. And apparently Simlish has gained so much popularity that Katy Perry sang in Simlish and The Sims Freeplay edition might include some filthy Simlish words.

6. Nadsat from "A Clockwork Orange."

In this Anthony Burgess Novel, and in the subsequent film by Stanley Kubrick, the narrator speaks in a made-up slang language called Nadsat. Burgess based the language mostly on Russian, as well as Romany, Cockney and other dialects.

7. Parseltongue from "Harry Potter."

You know that you are a true Harry Potter fan when you can speak in Parseltongue, which is normally spoken by snakes and some people like Harry (of course). Characteristics of Parseltongue include no rounded vowels, pharyngeal consonants and a large number of fricatives.

8. Pig Latin.

Sorry, this language is not spoken by pigs. It's a language game that is extremely popular among children, and perhaps even a few adults. The linguistics of Pig Latin feature moving the beginning consonants of the word to the end and adding an "ay" with it. Pig Latin is so widespread that there is an app for it, and the bible is translated in it.

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