10 Fictional Languages That Can be Learnt

“Kolik jazyků znáš, tolikrát jsi člověkem.
“You live a new life for every new language you speak.If you know only one language, you live only once.” (Czech proverb)

Learning a new language can be tough, and takes a lot of time and effort. The only way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in the lingo you choose. Although there are a plenty of real languages to communicate with one another but this doesn’t account a geekkind’s appetite to amplify their conception to the nth amount either just to imitate the characters they love or leave behind the normal people out of the twist. This list looks at some of the most fascinating fictional languages that one can really learn.


10. Nadsat

In his 1962 dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess created a slang type language called Nadsat. The language is a mix of modified Slavic and Russian as well as words simply invented by the author himself. Nadsat is basically English, with some transliterated words from Russian. It also contains influences from Cockney and the King James Bible, some words of unclear origin, and some words that Burgess invented.

Terms such as droog meaning friend or Bog for God are occasionally still used by college students who wish to annoy or mystify those around them. A comprehensive Nadsat lexicon lists the terms used in the book with their origins.


9. Parseltongue

The best child book of this decade would be the “Harry Potter” series. Now, all the readers of this series must have come across the word “Parseltongue” . It is said to be the language of snakes and any one who can speak this language is called “Parselmouth”.  It is, in the common mind, associated with Dark Magic and those possessing the ability to speak it are very rare. To non-speakers, it sounds like a series of hisses, but Parselmouths hear it in their native language.

Although finding places to actually learn the language were pretty difficult to track down. Although the legends holds that this ability can be inherited and hence is present in the genes but Parseltongue can be learned, but while the other languages have dictionaries, it seems like you are left with this English-to-Parseltongue translator.


8. Atlantean

Now guess what? The Atlantean language is a constructed language for Disney’s film Atlantis: The Lost Empire. The language was intended as a possible “mother language” and was therefore invented to have Indo-European word stock with its own grammar.

The Atlantean language (Dig Adlantisag) is a historically constructed, artistic language put together by Marc Okrand for Disney’s 2001 film Atlantis: The Lost Empire and associated media, The Atlantean language is therefore based both on historic reconstructions or realities as well as on the elaborate fantasy/science fiction of the Atlantis: The Lost Empire mythos. Here are the fictional bases upon which the Atlantean language was created: Atlantean is the “Tower of Babel language”, the “root dialect” from which all languages descended. It has existed without change since sometime before 100,000 B.C., within the First or Second Age of Atlantis until the present. Surprisingly enough, this language has command over its own vocabulary and grammar and can be learned at Atlantean Language Institute.


7. Na’vi


Na’vi is a constructed language spoken by the fictional indigenous race (the Na’vi) on Pandora in James Cameron’s 2009 film Avatar . The language was created by Paul Frommer, a professor at USC with a doctorate in linguistics. Na’vi was designed to fit James Cameron’s conception of what the language should sound like in the film, to be realistically learn-able by the fictional human characters of the film, and to be pronounceable by the actors, but to not closely resemble any single human language.

When the film was released in 2009, Na’vi had a growing vocabulary of about a thousand words, but understanding of its grammar was limited to the language’s creator. As of April 2010, there is a growing community of Na’vi language fans. Websites like Learn Na’vi feature dictionaries, basic learning materials, and discussion forums.


6. Aklo

Aklo is a secret language, possibly an artificial cipher or one used by a non-human race, associated with the writing of forbidden texts and evil cultists. Aklo was invented by Arthur Machen in his 1899 story “The White People.” It was later used in the works of H. P. Lovecraft who was a great admirer of Machen’s work, appearing in his Cthulhu Mythos stories “The Dunwich Horror” and “The Haunter of the Dark.”

Aklo is not just an alien language, but a key that opens doors inside the human mind. Alan Moore’s version of Aklo contains certain trigger words or phrases which, when spoken in the right order while the listener has entered a different state of mind, usually reached through drugs, have a deep and permanent impact on the person.

There is a number of sites you can google to learn Aklo. Since it is only used fleetingly and by a wide range of authors, there is no set grammar or vocabulary, and it is unclear just what languages from which it draws its most influences.

8 thoughts on “10 Fictional Languages That Can be Learnt

  1. Its amazing to see that how many other languages are present beside those languages that are spoken in many parts of the countries. I hope that people will look to learn some languages other than those conventional languages. Thanks for posting.

  2. My mother tongue is finnish and it was pretty funny to listen or read J.R.R Tolkiens Quenya and Sindarin. Sounds familiar, but still you do not understand anything

  3. I am somewhat fluent in Sindarin, one of Tolkien’s elvish languages, and I can tell you that the site they provide to learn Tolkien elvish is NOT accurate. AT ALL. No offense to the people who created it, I’m sure they’re wonderful people, but the site and the words on the site are completely inaccurate.

  4. Just to nitpick (because I speak the language), Esperanto, while ‘artificial’ and ‘constructed’, is not fictional, in the sense of being created for a work of fiction. Zamenhof created it explicitly to be used in the real world as an international auxiliary language to facilitate international communication, so, strictly-speaking, it should not be on this list at all.

  5. LOL! Are you telling me that everyone now is creating a language based on a novel or movie? LOL! I knew about Klingon, and Esperanto is a “real” artificial language. But all the others?? It’s funny, in high school, where a year or two of a foreign language is mandatory, everyone looks at learning a foreign language as a chore. Yet, make a cult movie, and all of a sudden everyone is running around speaking Elvish or Klingon! Any way we can use this to get kids to learn a REAL foreign language?

  6. What is Esperanto doing in this list? It’s not fictional, it’s a real language used by real people in the real world.

  7. The Hymmnos language from the Ar Tonelico series needs to be on this list.
    Not only does it have specific grammar rules, but it also has a mutually unintelligible dialect, with its own grammar rules as well.
    And yes, it can totally be learned.

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