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From Aklo to Klingon: The Fictional Languages Quiz
by Staff
Do you know a chotwl from a lingwe? Have you been brushing up on your Huttese and your Dothraki? This quiz will put your fantasy grammar and science-fiction vocabulary to the test.

The beeps and whistles R2-D2 makes in "Star Wars" are what language?

  • Kernal
  • Binary
  • Bocce

What species speaks the language Lapine in "Watership Down"?

  • ferrets
  • rabbits
  • fairies

If you're hanging out with your khaleesi, you must be speaking what language?

  • the Black Speech
  • Klingon
  • Dothraki

In China Mieville's novel "Embassytown," the Ariekei language requires the speaking of two words simultaneously. How do humans speak with Ariekei?

  • Messages to the Ariekei are recorded ahead of time, with two separate audio tracks synchronized to impart the correct meaning.
  • A computer that can read the speaker's brain patterns and generate the correct compound meaning between two simultaneous words is needed.
  • Only identical twins who are genetically engineered and trained since birth to speak to the Ariekei can do it.

Which guttural alien language has a variety of words to describe fights, battles and warfare but no word for love?

  • Kilrathi
  • Klingon
  • Sindarin

On what planet is Barsoomian spoken?

  • Mars
  • Jupiter
  • Vulcan

What is the magical language of snakes in the Harry Potter novels and films?

  • Parseltongue
  • Voldish
  • Snaketongue

What is the roaring, grumbling language of Wookiees called?

  • Kashyyykian
  • Wookeese
  • Shyriiwook

Words like crimethink, bellyfeel, ungoodthink and blackwhite are part of Newspeak, the language of what George Orwell novel?

  • "The Clergyman's Daughter"
  • "Animal Farm"
  • "Nineteen Eighty-Four"

Translate the following phrase into English: "ash nazg durbatuluk."

  • one ring to rule them all
  • the boy who lived
  • Revenge is a dish best served cold.

In 2010, portions of the Shakespearean plays "Hamlet" and "Much Ado About Nothing" were performed in what language by the Washington Shakespeare Co.?

  • Klingon
  • Quenya
  • Parseltongue

The flowing, runelike written characters Tolkien uses to depict several of his fictional languages is called what?

  • Palantir
  • Tengwar
  • Adunaic

The Goa'uld in the "Stargate" universe speak a language loosely based on what Earth culture?

  • Hebrew
  • ancient Egyptian
  • ancient Roman

What language is Greedo speaking in the Mos Eisley Cantina just before Han shoots him?

  • Basic
  • Huttese
  • Rodian

What language from "Star Trek" includes the term "pon farr"?

  • Ferengi
  • Vulcan
  • Romulan

The Twi'leks in the "Star Wars" universe speak Ryl, which includes a sign language component. What body part do they manipulate to add meaning to their spoken words?

  • the tentacles on their heads, known as lekku
  • their feet, which makes a conversation between Twi'leks much like a dance
  • their eyes, by shifting them down or staring directly at someone

The fictional language developed for the film "Avatar" is called …

  • Pa'alla
  • Na'vi
  • Tengwar

One of the most complete and fully developed fictional languages is Quenya, spoken by elves and created by what author?

  • Isaac Asimov
  • George R.R. Martin
  • J.R.R. Tolkien

The Old Tongue is a fictional language from what massive epic fantasy series?

  • "The Wheel of Time"
  • "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn"
  • "A Song of Ice and Fire"

Translate the following phrase, in High Valyrian from "A Song of Fire and Ice," into English: "valar morghulis."

  • Wake the dragon.
  • You win, or you die.
  • All men must die.

Alien refugees who make their homes on Earth speak Tenctonese in what film and television series?

  • "Alien Nation"
  • "Farscape"
  • "Earth 2"

When the "Book of Oa" in the DC Comics universe was rewritten, it was written in what universal galactic language, first seen in the far future of the "Legion of Super-Heroes"?

  • Interlac
  • Oan
  • Sinestrian

What alien language do the primary antagonists in the "Macross" anime series speak?

  • Lotharian
  • Kilrathi
  • Zentradi

What was the name of the 118-symbol alphabet, based on phonetic sounds, that was written and spoken on Superman's home planet (before a retcon replaced it with a different language)?

  • Seiderian
  • Kryptonese
  • Jor-Ellish

What language (really just a substitution code) was created for "Futurama" just to put inside jokes and gags in the background graffiti?

  • Frylish
  • Slurmish
  • Alienese

Who originally spoke the language Dovahzul, which was created for the game "Skyrim"?

  • Argonians
  • dragons
  • demon lords

In the Minbari language from "Babylon 5," what does "ahel" mean?

  • continuous fire
  • lay down your weapon
  • breakfast

What is unique about the fictional occult language Aklo?

  • Its syntax causes word meanings to change each time they're used.
  • It has no words, only odors.
  • It's been in use by multiple authors in a variety of genres for more than 100 years.

The Tamarians in the "Star Trek" universe speak only in phrases like "Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra" or "Shaka, when the walls fell." Federation translators understand the words but not the meanings. Why?

  • Tamarian language refers to a set of shared allegorical stories, either historical or mythological. Without knowing the allegories, the meaning of the phrases is impossible to understand.
  • Tamarian language is a complex set of layered cyphers that even Federation computers can’t unravel in real time.
  • Tamarians continually adopt portions of other species' languages, and the multiple layers of meaning this creates are too complex for the universal translator.

The language spoken by the Sims in the "Sims" series of games is primarily gibberish, with most meaning derived from tone and inflection. What is this language called?

  • Rabbadah
  • Simese
  • Simlish