Conlangs — or constructed languages — bring a feeling of reality to the worlds of science fiction.

For some people, learning Dothraki or Klingon shows their true dedication. But what are conlangs like? What can they tell us about natural languages, and should you learn one?

In the first of a two-part series, Linguist Daniel Midgley gets geeky on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

A successful interaction with dolphins?

Elven phrases

Would you like to learn Quenya? (Oops, I just realised I pronounced Quenya wrong.)

Prehaps Sindarin is more your style.

About Mark Okrand, the inventor of Klingon

Learn from the Klingon Language Institute

Here are some everyday phrases

New Klingon words

There was a native speaker of Klingon once.

George Martin, talking about Dothraki

How do you create a language from scratch? David J. Peterson explains.

High Valyrian

More about Dothraki and High Valyrian

Arika Okrent’s article about Dothraki

David J. Peterson’s blog

Learn Na’vi, if you want to.

More about Na’vi, by the creator, Paul Frommer.

Mr Longbottom longbottomed.

That imgur link

Fin Review: Arms buildup | Buys planes | World is fukt

Abject apology

Show tunes

‘I’m Not Living in the Real World’ by Belle and Sebastian
from the album Write About Love

‘Re-Invent Your Second Wheel’ by Wire
from the album Change Becomes Us