9 Fictional Languages We Wish We Could Speak

Oota goota Solo? If you thought learning Spanish in high school was rough try learning an alien language. Actors in Syfy’s brand new series Defiance had to learn two alien languages from scratch. Catch it on Mondays starting April 15th at 9/8c.

1. Na’vi

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The Na’vi language found its origins in James Cameron’s drafts for Avatar. He had about 30 words written before handing it off to Paul Frommer, a communications professor at the University of Southern California. From there, Frommer expanded the language to about a thousand words at the time of the movie.

Notable phrase:
Oel ngati kame. - I see you.

2. Dothraki

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The Dothraki language as we hear it on Game of Thrones was developed by David J. Peterson, a linguist and member of the Language Creation Society. He created this tribal language based off of phrases and descriptions from George R.R. Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire and elements from Estonian, Inukitut, Russian, Swahili and Turkish.

Notable phrase:
Yer chomoe anna. - You do honor to me.

3. Castithan

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David J. Peterson was also hired to create two brand new languages for Syfy’s Defiance. The Castithan language is spoken very quickly; rather befitting for a very self-important alien race.

Notable phrase:
Zarabaidang gogola goka! - I’ll screw you with my knife!

4. The Divine Language

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The Divine Language spoken by Leeloo Dallas Multipass in The Fifth Element only consisted of about 400 words and was invented by director Luc Besson and Milla Jovovich.

Notable phrase:
Senno ekto gamat. - Never without my permission.

5. Huttese

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The language spoken by Jabba the Hutt and the rest of his slithery brethren was originally developed by Ben Burtt, the sound designer for Star Wars, and was derived from Quechua, a language indigenous to South America.
Notable phrase:
Goopta mo bossa! - May your mind not evaporate!

6. Sindarin

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Probably the most famous constructed languages would be those of J. R. R. Tolkien. His interest in creating languages started at an early age and carried over to his work in The Lord of the Rings. He created fully fleshed languages like Sindarin, which was based on Welsh, for the elves within his mythology.

Notable phrase:
Mellonín! - My friend!

7. Klingon

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The basic sound of the original language was developed first by actor James Doohan, aka “Scotty,” and was further developed into a fully fleshed language by Marc Okrand, a linguist.

Notable phrase:
Jiqeh - I am Angry

8. Irathient

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Irathient is the other language that Peterson developed for Syfy’s Defiance. It was designed to be the polar opposite of the fast-sounding Castithan and is up to about 1900 words in its vocabulary.

Notable phrase:
Tikwithe wazaze? - Where’s the bathroom?

Catch Syfy’s Defiance on Mondays starting April 15th at 9/8c.

9. Shyriiwook

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As C3P0 might tell you, wookiees like Chewbacca don’t just roar indiscernibly, they roar with purpose in a language called Shyriiwook.

Notable phrase:
Raaaawr! - It was Han’s fault.

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