Fictional Languages in Sci-Fi

Right after graduation from school, I was very confused and lost as to what I wanted to do in college. My parents, like many other Arab parents were against me majoring in English Literature seeing as it doesn’t bring in much profit and has very little job opportunities. I ended up taking a gap year until I made up my mind on my major and successfully convinced them.

Over the last two years of my life, I found myself with a lot of free time while sitting at home which gave me the opportunity to nourish my knowledge in films, series, books. My preferred genre is sci-fi; it’s the universe that’s the furthest away from ours and therefore it makes escaping a little easier. This is what led me to picking “Fictional Languages in Sci-Fi” as my Zotero topic.

My favourite fictional language is Gallifreyan and it originated from my favourite show, Doctor Who. It’s one of the many languages on the show and it was used by timelords who came from the planet Gallifrey. Feel free to check out the tutorials on this website to learn how to write in Circular Gallifrey. I’ve managed to write my name and my best friend’s name once.

My second favourite fictional language comes from a series of books that were later on turned into films: you’ve guessed right- It’s The Lord of the Rings! This universe too has numerous fictional languages but the most poignant one is Elvish. Check out this article on how to write your name in Elvish in no more than 10 minutes! Amazing, right? Unlike Gallifreyan, Elvish is a language and not just an alphabet. However, this tutorial only uses the alphabet.

One of my favourite websites, (I’m a huge fan of listing things!), has a list on the 10 most fascinating fictional languages. You can check it out here. Some of the languages listed on it are Parseltongue, a language used to communicate with snakes in Harry Potter, Newspeak, a language used in George Orwell’s 1984, and Simlish, the languages spoken by the characters in the video game Sims. also has a list of fictional languages that you can learn over here.


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