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Short video on origins of Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki and Na’vi

September 27, 2013



Awesome video!

I can't wait to learn some High Valyrian via Duolingo. I let David Peterson, the creator of High Valyrian and Dothraki (Among many other languages) know about the course creation tools via Twitter and he says he really likes Duolingo, so maybe he will encourage people to make courses for his languages or something.

https://twitter.com/Aleenik/status/383117588001062912 https://twitter.com/Dedalvs/status/383119976250363904

Also, the guy who gave that intro that you linked is David's former professor. https://twitter.com/Dedalvs/status/383332268204253184


yIlop! wa'leS chaq maHegh!


Klingon is so... fierce sounding.


I'd totally love High Valyrian courses!


Bizzarly enough I was actually working on a language of my own -and hence labeled crazy by fellow students and friends :) But goal however was that I could construct a language based mainly upon the Latin based languages (including potugese, French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Latin and more) the idea being that common words (or very similar ones) could be found and used to make the language. I'm still working on it and plan on testing it on a few foreign friends when I feel it's more finished. I will post it online if I succeed :)


That sounds a lot like Interlingua, though Interlingua does have vocabulary from English, German, and Russian.


Fortunately that description is slightly misleading. The vocabulary of Interlingua actually arises as follows:

(1) Any word that appears with more or less the same meaning in at least three of the four languages English, French, Italian, Spanish/Portuguese becomes a word of Interlingua. (For this purpose, Spanish and Portuguese are treated as a single language because they are so similar.)

(2) As this didn't create enough Interlingua words, another rule was added. Any word that appears with more or less the same meaning in two of the four languages English, French, Italian, Spanish/Portuguese becomes an Interlingua word if it also appears in German or Russian.

The result of these rules is a very natural and instantly comprehensible (to speakers of English and the Romance languages) vocabulary. There is also a system of word formation rules based on the Romance languages.

The method did not work for function words because they vary so much. To a large extent these were taken from Latin. As to grammatical features such as gender, the rule was that any such feature that is missing in at least one of the source languages was not included in Interlingua. So for instance nouns have no gender in Interlingua because in English they have no gender.

I said your description is misleading because the only way a German or Russian word can make it into Interlingua is for it to be adopted by two Romance languages or by one Romance language and English. Such words can truly be considered international, so they are not problematic when thinking of Interlingua as a Romance language.


Have you thought of learning Occitan? It might fit the middle ground you are looking for.


Why didn't you stay with Esperanto or similar?


Esperanto has certainly been a useful aid however I am focusing solely upon the Latin based languages (for now at least) and Esperanto covers more than just these.

My reason for only including the Latin based languages is simply because of their great similarities. Plus I am doing Spanish and French in school- have Catalonian friends (and relatives) and an Italian aunt. I am also tried to teach myself Latin over the summer (not with success but certainly without attaining the level I might have wished) so my knowledge of some of these languages was already adequate enough to start work.

In addition, I didn't actually set out with the goal of creating a language- I used to just try linking these languages together for a hobby (and because I felt doing so many languages was slightly confusing from time to time and this exercise helped me to keep them separate in my head)


sounds legit! Good luck! :)


Very cool! Check out my recent post on the construction of a new international auxiliary language. Leave a comment or something, if you have a sec. I'm trying to get a feel for the DL community's opinions on the subject.


With it being based off of the Romance languages, try to stay close to Latin, if you do that, and let the language evolve via other people's input, It could become a great and realistic language, If you want to compare words of Romance Languages, Try this; http://ielanguages.com/romlang.html its a great resource. I hope to see your language, And hope to give ideas regarding your language, If you want to find more resources for Conlangs try this:http://www.reddit.com/r/conlangs/

I hope you have sucess.


Thanks for the support! :)

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    Remember, Esperanto was created by a person and not over time. If that person can do it, you can do it too. Stop with this "if" talk.


    Actually many people contribute still to its evolution.

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      Well, the point was that it was created in a short span of time, not hundreds to thousands of years.


      Theres also Ido that you can give a try: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ido_(language) I speak English, Spanish, Russian, German and some Italian (and no French :() and I loved how Ido made so much more sense than Esperanto, and I also liked how you can choose to use neutral, male or female gender for words. Ido is more semantic than Interlingua which is naturalistic, or you can even try Novial!

      Although I have to say, Interlingua is much easier for me to read than Esperanto, Ido and Novial.

      Bona fortuno!


      Very cool, glad they went a little in-depth with Tolkien's Elvish system. So fascinating~


      I would like to learn Quenya and then maybe Sindarin. I can only write in Tengwar so far.


      Woh this is pretty cool I didn't know any of that stuff :D


      Thank you! I loved that video. I can't wait to learn Dothraki. :)


      Toki Pona course could be built in like a month by two guys working over weekends :)


      While we are considering made-up languages, why not have Lojban? The sentences in this language are all logical propositions. It has a very regular grammar and is certainly very different from any other language.


      I'm interested in making a Lojban course, as a matter of fact


      If people want to make a Lojban course on Duolingo then they can.


      Any news on the development of Hylian on here? I can't be the only Zelda fan on this site.. right?


      Would be nice to have the alphabet at least, ehh? ;)

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