For all my problems reading the work of JRR Tolkien (Before you scold me, remember: Mileage, as always, may vary), I have a great appreciation for the time and effort he put into creating the languages used in his work.  Indeed, his development of the tongue of the elves was a six-decade project for him, and one which shows a great deal of thought, and a great deal of work.  While I’ve never been one of the guys who loved Star Trek enough to learn to speak conversational Klingon, I am occasionally a tiny bit jealous of their skills.  Full disclosure: I CAN read the Interlac alphabet as seen in many issues of Legion of Super-Heroes, mostly notably in Element Lad’s ’80s-era chest-symbol.  Indeed, though I have a passing familiarity with several real Earth-type languages, I’m only fluent in English (and that is occasionally questionable) and I wouldn’t mind being able to converse in Dwarven at the gaming table, which leads us to today’s lingua franca query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also wouldn’t mind being able to communicate in the ancient language of The Whales, whiiiiiiiiich IIIIII aaaammmm  tooooooooollllld sooooooooooouuunnnnddssssss liiiiiike thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiissssss, asking: What fictional second language would you most like to learn?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Pakuni, because I always was a fan of Cha-Ka, and it would be nice to understand him. And because it’s probably the first artificial language that I encountered in my lifetime of fandom.

    Runner up goes to Groot-speak, but I’m not sure that I can master the nuance of pronunciation required.

  2. Jarmo Seppänen on

    I’m told I already speak half Quenya elvish, because I speak Finnish, so that’s out of the table. I’m left with something out of the two “Stars” I guess. Its going to be Huttese, because it just sounds incredibly fun.

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