Do you know what are three of the most fully-developed fictional languages ever heard or spoken?

Well, I’ll tell you.

Three of the most fully-developed fictional languages ever spoken or heard are as followed:

First of all, there is the language of the Klingons, who are regarded by the peace-loving denizens of the Star Trek universe, as intergalatic trouble-makers ever since the original TV show’s brief run in the 1960’s. However, it wouldn’t be until the 1984 movie, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, that those pesky alien race of the Star Trek universe known as Klingons were significantly and permamently redesigned, complete with a language and alphabet to go with their new visual style.

The Klingon Language was developed by some guy by the name of Marc Okrand,  whose study in languages included obscure or dead languages, especially those from Native American Indians, and who was hired by the folks at Paramount Pictures as well as director Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr. Spock himself, to both create the language as well as coaching the actors in speaking such an alien language.

The following year, right after Star Trek III: The Search for Spock came out, Marc Okrand published The Klingon Dictionary, the best Klingon Language resource ever, especially for you guys wanting to learn how to speak the language of the Klingons. That very book covers many features of the Klingon Language:

A. Klingon Alphabet 

B. Klingon Syntax

C. Basic Klingon Grammar and translation of the Klingon Language

and

D.  How to speak popular Klingon phrases like “Surrender or die!”

Marc Okrand has another Klingon Language book: Conversational Klingon, an audiobook in which co-narrator Michael Dorn, aka Worf of Star Trek The Next Generation, help Klingon Language Students hear how the Klingon words are meant to sound.

And Don’t forget The Klingon Language Institute; “Making people learn how to talk like a Klingon Warrior since 1992”

The Klingon Language Institute, or KLI, for short, has writing and speaking guides for newbies of the Klingon Language, info on how to subscribe to the group that is KLI and get access to even more Klingon-based language tools.

Trust me, it’s THE made-up language, THE BIG ONE, the Queen-Mother or King-Father or Granddaddy of all Made-up languages!

If you want to learn a fictional tongue like the Klingons’, get a great place to start, like the Klingon Language!

Second of all, it’s not suprising that you can actually learn and study the language of the Elves of Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Tolkien is such a philologist, that he knew his way around linguistics as well as the construction of languages like Elvish.

He did not just interpret gibberish statements for all his characters, nor did he just back-translate the sentences of his characters, but Tolkien actually created a horde of languages for his works.

If you ever plunge yourself into the appendices of Lord of the Rings, and if you ever tackle  the  history of Tolkien’s fictional realm of Middle-Earth,  known as the Simarillion, I appreciate it if you discover just how detailed the languages are, even to Tolkien.

And in actuality and fact, There are many likes of the Elvish Languages, Quenya and Sindarin being the most notable examples.

You wanna know how to learn, study or speak the two versions of Elvish known as Quenya and Sindarin?

I have a solution for you. Check out Tolkien’s printed works, or maybe Wikipedia, or maybe even a growing number of print and online resources that would make any of you guys dig in and learn a elegent but complicated constructed language like Elvish’s two versions, Quenya and Sindarin like:

A. English to Elvish Dictionary

B. The Languages of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth

and

C. A Gateway to Sindarin

Finally, there is the Na’vi language of James Cameron’s Avatar fame.

Now Avatar, the James Cameron movie, but not the Nickelodeon show subtitled “The Last Airbender”, is currently the biggest and highest grossing movie ever released, not only in the United States, but also internationally. And it’s still in the top 20 of all time, even if it is adjusted for inflation. You ain’t gotta become no popular without some die-hard fans by the name of the Avatards.

The alien race, and the indigenous big blue people of Pandora, the world of James Cameron’s scifi actioner are called The Na’vi, who also have a constructed language made for the movie by some guy who holds a docorate in lingustics by the name of Paul Frommer. Jimmy wanted to create a real, and I repeat, REAL, but constructed, fictional language that would also be easy enough to pick up that humans like Jake Sully, Dr. Grace Augustine, and Norm Spellman (the latter two of whom spoke the language for the first time in audiences’ ears 15 minutes into the movie, that is, more accurately, 15 minutes  in the Collector’s Extended Cut on Blu-Raywith an alternate opening on Earth, complete with a fight in a bar. Here’s the English translation for the first dialogue ever heard in Na’vi during the movie, spoken by Dr. Grace and Norm:

Norm (in Na’vi): May the All Mother smile upon our first meeting

Dr. Grace (in Na’vi): Not bad. You sound a little formal.

Norm (again, in Na’vi): I studied for five years, but there is much to learn.

So there!) could concievably learn such a language, so although there is only a vocabulary of of a thousand words in Na’vi, Paul Frommer did invent an entire Na’vi Language.

Ever since my big night out with my mom, my older brother, and my aunt, first to eat at Outback Steakhouse, and then going up to an IMAX 3D theatre in White Marsh in Baltimore County in Maryland to “come face-2-face with da Na’vi!” in IMAX 3D somewhere between late Thursday night December 17, 2009, and early Friday morning December 18, 2009, there are certain fans rallying to build resources on how to learn the language of the Na’vi and go deeper into their world.

So I have three choices:

A. Learn the Na’vi language at http://www.learnnavi.org/

B. Read Paul Frommer’s Na’vi language primer for newbies of the Na’vi Language at http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=1977

or

C. Check out James Cameron’s AVATAR: A Confidential Report on the Biological and Social History of Pandora, aka the AVATAR Activist Survival Guide,  for more history of the world of James Cameron’s AVATAR.

What is your favorite out of three of the most fully-developed fictional languages ever heard or spoken?

Either the Klingon language, Elvish Quenya and Sindarin, or The Na’vi Language?

The Choice is yours.

Finally, last but not least, and in closing…

What if for my Dexter’s Laboratory movie idea, a big screen live action/traditional 2D animated special effects-driven fantasy adventure epic movie saga by the name of Dexter’s Odyssey, What if this girl:

Lee Lee, the Asian friend of Dexter’s Sister Dee Dee, should also  use, as well as speak a fully-developed, and real but constructed, fictional, and made-up language and alphabet that should contain a mixture of Chinese and Japanese regional dialects, tongues, alphabets and even writing systems, known as Shangaran, a language spoken by her native people in the Far East/China/Japan-inspired-and-influenced realm of Shangara, which will also be the land leading the fight against the evil forces of Mandark, Dexter’s nemesis, and in Dexter’s Odyssey, a cruel, powerful, and utterly evil Dark Lord being, who according to an ancient prophecy, Dee Dee’s Asian friend, Lee Lee, as a mighty and heroic warrior princess girl and Dexter’s protector, and who will rather like a young female version of Samurai Jack, or in other words, rather be like  the legendary Chinese maiden named Mulan, but not the idiotic girl who who loves cutesy stuff and toys and even ballet, and, among other things, would not actually fight crime like Dee Dee and Mee Mee (as in the Dexter’s Laboratory Charlie’s Angels parody and spoof, G.I.R.L. Squad), as originally created, is to destroy, along with Mandark’s evil reign and power?

And what if the Shangaran language and alphabet used byDexter’s sister Dee Dee’s Asian Friend Lee Lee..that very fully-developed, and real but constructed, fictional, and made-up language and alphabet  of my own that should contain a mixture of Chinese and Japanese regional dialects, tongues, alphabets and even writing systems…should be up there with the Klingon, Elvish, and Na’vi Languages as one of the most fully-developed fictional constructed language ever spoken or heard?

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