Introduction: Making Your Own Language

So you seen James Cameron's "Avatar" and was fasinated that he and Frommer had created a fully functional language, or maybe you are writing a book and wanted the same.......or maybe you just wanna drive your friends and family nuts (unless your teaching them) by talking in a foreign tongue, well no need to worry.....*we do not live in the Dark Ages so people shouldn't beleive you are possesed*.

I have found a site that may explain somethings i do not and will be able to help you with the Grammar of your language.
- http://www.zompist.com/kit.html#lexicon

So some things we will have to do are as follows:
-Alphabet (doesnt have to have english characters)
-Sounds
-Word Creation
-Grammar
-Style
-and what ever else you think will help make this unique

Disclaimer:
I am of no way held responsible for anything that may or may not happen to you using your own language........i dearly apologize if you are abducted by 9 ft tall blue people, get slapped by your girlfriend cause of mistranslation or if you are beleived to be possesed by your Crazy Great Aunt......please use these tools responsibly.

now then, lets move on......

Step 1: The Alphabet

Haha this part is quite literaly easy as abc.....
All you have to do is choose how many vowels you want, how many constanants you want and write/draw out the symbols.  In Frommer's Na'vi there are words with two characters instead of one like "aw" or "kx" these can be created to make one letter (vowel or constonant) for your language.Note this can vary the complexity of your Language, for example: in english "c" and "k" can both make the same sounds and "c" and "s" can make the same sounds so the need for "c" is not entirely needed. It can also vary the complexity in that you can have one letter for every sound you can think of or maybe some, like "c" can share sounds.....with that in mind you could have a 100 letter alphabet or mabey only a 15 letter alphabet, what ever you decide.

I know this seems like a lot so take your time and when your ready continue on.........
 

Step 2: Sounds (Sa-ow-n-dz)

So now that you have your alphabet......and how wonderful it is, you can go on to creating a sound, or sounds, for your alphabet, this is where your accent will come from and this will also help with the complexity of your language. Just try creating unique sounds or use ones you already know and match them up with the symbol/letter of your choice.......simple i know.

So when you have all the sounds to your hearts conempt......let go on to the next step.
 

Step 3: Creating Words (and Worlds)

Ok so here is where you start taking your letters and sounds and making words.
Before you start, you may want to place some rules like only a vowel can start a new syllable, or maybe every word must start with a possibilitie of 5 letters, create whatever rules you want this step is optional. So now you start randomly smackin' letters together and sound them out from front to back......if it doesnt work (and occasionaly it wont) try either starting a new one or replace the trouble letter with one that will fit. it does help to use vowels here. How often do you see a language with a word pronounced "ghrtljwqurtghl". Now creating these words will take a while, Frommer's Na'vi started in 2005 and is still expanding today. Just keep note of all the words you create and refer back to them when your going to create a new word you dont have......you dont want two totally different words sharing the same spelling.
You may want to move on to the next step before continueing this one. If you get tired you may want to stop writing words and come back to it later. Trust me, you will start to see the letters all mush up and make no sense......if this happens please take a break.
 

Step 4: Grammar

This is where your language really puts some meat on that skeleton. This is where your language creates verbs, nouns, adjectives, plurals and everything else. Some things to consider is do your nouns include genderism. Is there past, present and future tense in your verbs. And everything else. this part can be complicated so please take your time.

Step 5: Style

Step 6: Extras

This is where you add anything else that comes to mind like slang or dialect.... all those extras that help create something new. Please send me your creations.......as i am just starting mine, i may post an instructable later on my language, how to speak it, spell it and everything else.

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Richthofen VII (author)2017-09-18

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Sky_Sapphire (author)2017-02-27

Not finished but I'll post it anyway

So my language is called polskish and the alphabet is:

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"Polskish"? Sound like mix of words "polish" and "polski (polish in polish) , to me ;)

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Arda3 (author)2017-07-13

Ei mirna ! Määksi carre ? Mol’man ”Nahärie"(Whera men namihuin. Kono riwnadil imi laoeva emar gramer' balies) laoeva’on varänähuin märiendil.

"Valänar’ma lele aimäli

Gimeo’ar uärrim quendil

Gwäin’ar sourän cällisse selmeä

Cälärca lemär’on silmärrie liiro"

Nycanihe ?

Translation:

Hey guys ! How are you ? Here is a poem I wrote in "Naharie"( Completley made-up by me. But It has got grammer like a real language.) language.

Angels dancing in the sky.

"Light spread by sun.

Source of hope is infinite love.

Life is short in the eye of god."

Did you like it.

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Blizzard2503 (author)Arda32017-09-16

Cool!

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SomeoneBored (author)2017-07-22

My language is called Rælesez. The words are mainly similar to my brother's language, English, Dutch, Spanish, French and Czechian. I also used words like Bacnem, which means very beautiful, from random languages. Bacnem came from a Russion Fairy tale Vasilisa, and I thought it looked like Bacnerne, bam, random word xD.

The alphabet exists out of

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Ç Ö Ø Í Ì Æ Ł Ė Į

Ř

I like to annoy people, so I have 10 words for "the" (Ze, za, zo, zi, zuh, zez, zaz, zoz, ziz, zuhz). There are rules regarding this so no problem, everything can only be one.

Some words are:

Ay - Yes (Pron: I)

Noh - No (Pron: No)

Nay - Not (Pron: Ny)

Exquełize - Very bad (Pron: excelliize)

Exquełane - Very good (Pron: excellane)

Øjėrį - Died (Pron: Way to hard to explain to an English person, the Dutch eusheirish)

Vuezante - First place (Pron: vuezante)

Vleyla - Going to lose (Pron: vlayla)

Vleyere - Lost

Řį - Dog (Pron: Rish)


"Ilnay vleyla" Literally translated "Inot losego" means "I'm not going to lose"

Some of the basic things on the first page of my language document, while it now is like 20 pages long with grammar and words

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Nonow237 (author)2017-05-01

It Is Called Sigif. It is a symbol language.

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Bruh isb (author)2017-04-03

A = 1 B = 2 C = 3 D = 4 so on so fourth

if you have learned this language what does this say

9'225 7215191954 251521 81225 1251181454 208919 12114712175.

714144 10142 :)

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Andrei Joaca Gaming (author)2017-03-27

Alphabets:

Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz ...here are the umlauts or the rest. ß (esst-stets) Ä(Eh/Ah/Silent E) Ë(Eh/Silent E) Ï(Ih) Ö(Oe/Hard O/Oh) Ü(Silent E/Uhhh)

Examples of Savannic words with umlauts and pronouciation:

Hö (Hoe) (Pronounciation:Hoe)

Über (Over) (Pronounciation:Über as in Germanic Über pronounciation)

Schässe (Shock) (Pronounciation:Shās)

Ëssie (Easy) (Pronounciation:Easy)

Lïde (Lead) (Pronounciation:Leed)

I know it's hard and confusing yet I'm trying my best :)

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Andrei Joaca Gaming (author)2017-03-27

I want to make my own language which is called "The Savannic Language" or "Savannish Language" . When I was a 3rd Grader I was writing something weird and drawing weird things and Different from our alphabet. Which I call "Futuristic Savannish Galactic Alphabet" ...I was writing it in my Notebook which we don't use that much. I was planning to make it as a small book for me...

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it is similar from the German language... it has different types of language:

Germanic English-Savannic Lang.

Germanic Savan' Lang.

American Savan' Lang.

Slavic-Savan' Lang. (The State of Slavic Savania lang.)

Futuristic Lang.

English Lang.

Latin Lang.

Anglish Lang.

And more...

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Sky_Sapphire (author)2017-02-27

The words

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that's so cool! I like it!

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SteventW made it! (author)2016-07-05

This is My Language. My Language Name is Jrabe. I has been Compleate make alphabet, word and some other, but I have difficulties with grammar. :)

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Nekodesu (author)SteventW2017-01-11

Isnt the katakana chart Japanese? Sorry thats the language im learning

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SteventW (author)Nekodesu2017-01-12

You are right I borrow the Japanese katakana and kanji China to facilitate jrabe language users know whether the character types have their respective roles. :)

Now Language Jrabe during pronunciation refinement and improvement of grammar and vocabulary. :)

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RenuxM (author)SteventW2016-08-21

Im learning jrabe thank u

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SteventW (author)RenuxM2016-08-26

Dear RenuxM : Thanks you. Pronunciation of Drofono Jrabe/ Jrabe Language similar Indonesian Language. But In Absro Letter have 34 Basic Alphabet. Absro Letter Function is Original Word from drofono Jrabe. NE Letter Function for Abbreviation, Example : US (United States), UK (United Kingdom). Japanese Katakana Function for said uptake of foreign languages. Kanji Chinese Function Likely Symbol. Romanji for help foreign people to read (ABCDEFG,....) or latin Alphabet.

Translate To Drofono Jrabe (Romanji)

Cra RenuxM : Cronykye. Ponunto drofono jrabe wuyug drofono Indoneshiakya. Crogu bru Absro Fiyih gringo 34 Bashit Alupabet. Hunynu Absro Fiyih weyigrojos Jroco Orijinal broyu drofono Jrabekya. Hunynu NE Fiyih weyigrojos cra Nunyjrocos, Eksampel : US (United States), UK (United Kingdom). Hunynu Katakana Jrapan weyigrojos hay jroco broyu oniny drofonokya. Hunynu China Kanji Weyigrojos wuyug Simborukya. Romanji hay droscu oniny yeso cra yeob (ABCDRFG,....) ocroi Latin Alupabet.

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Rakami (author)SteventW2016-12-23

Holy moly, how is it almost as if based to Indonesian? There is to many Br Dr Gr.

Ya jihw'g'na s t's'ye nahp English tuh m'y 'nimuh p tih y u nuh.

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SteventW (author)Rakami2016-12-25

Dear : Rakami

Thanks for Your Attention. According to your analysis, is plentiful with a letter R after consonant. But in laying the letter R after consonant has it's own rules. The Letter R after Consonant is the hallmark of the Jrabe Language. Vowels A I U E O very similar to Indonesian Language, but to Y (EX. Crony) Ny Read Nye (E weak). Each Suffix consonant expect f, h, s, r, are weak Vowel in the form e or u. Much like the English Language when the ending (ed). Ex. Pointed, Ended. :)

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Rakami (author)2016-12-23

Wole, ya m'ye s.... Y m muhr.... Y m.... S'ri d'l.... Ya sibah s.... Y p'wo na u t's'ye d'ner ro u.

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MakaboboM (author)2016-05-11

Country: Kanin

Language: Kaniya

Alphabet length: 25 (Length of the english alphabet)

Pronounciation: Working on it.

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Rakami (author)MakaboboM2016-12-23

Country: Rice
Language: Her ( in Cebuano or Tagalog )

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Kmmissy (author)MakaboboM2016-11-08

there are 26 letters in the English alphabet not 25.?????

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wawamwi (author)MakaboboM2016-10-13

not meaning to offend you, but the english alphebet has 26 letters... sorry.

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ThaslalG made it! (author)2016-12-04

I did my own language a long time ago, with its own alphabet, pronouns, verbs, grammar, vocabulary, etc. Its name is Tjoo, enjoy it.

Hello (formal): Ajalayo

Hello (colloquial) / Hi: Aja

Bye: Tasta

RULES:

1. Every word has a Root or Lexeme

2. Verbs in infintive always end with -EDI.

Examples:

To be: Gabedi

To do: Lusedi

To have: Dazedi

To eat:Magedi

3.Verbs in Present always end with -EDE.

Examples:

Am/Is/Are: Gabede

Do/Does: Lusede

Have/Has: Dazede

Eat/Eats: Magede

4.Verbs in Past always end with -ESI.

Examples:

Was/were: Gabesi

Did: Lusesi

Had: Dazesi

Ate: Magesi

5. Verbs in future always end with -EVE:

Examples:

Will be: Gabeve

Will do: Luseve

Will have: Dazeve

Will eat: Mageve

6. Verbs in Participle always end with -U.

Examples:

Been: Gabu

Done: Lusu

Had: Dazu

Eaten: Magu

7. Verbs in Gerund always end with -INE.

Examples:

Being: Gabine

Having: Lusine

Doing: Dazine

Eating: Magine

8. Nouns always end with -TA.

Food: Magta

City: Gozgata

House: Domata

Water: Eivata

9. Adjectives always end with -TI.

High: Huanti

Edible: Magti

Habitable: Domati

Easy: Calluti

10. Other words likepropositions or conjunctions do not follow any rule.

And: Vei

In/On/At: Na

With: Siu

Without: Nesiu

To: Ech

11. Example: SUBJECT PRONOUNS

I: Ive

You (singular): Vau

He: Ceu

She: Cea

It: Ceo

We: Iveve

You (plural): Vauve

They: Ceuve

CAUTION: VAU and CEU end with-U, not be confused with a verb in Participle!

Phrase: I am eating with Carl- Ive gabede magine siu Carl.

12. Example 2: POSSESIVE ADJECTIVES

My: Ivti

Your: Vati

His/Her/Its: Ceti

Our: Ivevti

Your: Vauvti

Their: Cauvti

13. Example 3: POSSESIVE PRONOUNS

Mine: Ivtin

Yours: Vatin

His/Her/Its: Cetin

Ours: Ivevtin

Yours: Vauvtin

Theirs: Cauvtin

14. KEYWORDS.

Yes: Den

No: Ne

My name is... : Ivti nosta gabede...

Nice to meet you: Binti ech hovedi vau (To meet: Hovedi)


This is a summary of the Tjoo language, if you like it, I'll post more grammar and vocabulary to learn.




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Rakami (author)ThaslalG2016-12-23

Oh my god, must be a coincidence. Your letters or individual symbols almost look like mine! WTF!? Especially A! Spot on, my symbol or letter for A is just like yours!

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B3nB1 (author)2016-12-16

(I already made this before)

Language: Draska (used by Arskus in Arsk)

It's an alien language i made, It has it's own sentence construction rules and alphabet from Ae - Zu.

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Examples (Random Words):

Hello: Zurek

Goodbye: Gak'al

and: Tu

Sun: Zar

Deity: Tazak

of: Fo

Sky: Kask

for: Rak

Protector: D'kar

to: To

neither: Nazk

nor: Ron

Dance: Radak

in: nir

Moon: Vok

or: Ro

either: Tosk

but: Sho

the: Heka

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Singular: D'kar (Protector)

Plural: Dka'ar (Protectors)

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Grammar

The Gods and Godesses danced in the skies (Radakek heka frodak tu frora nir heka ka'ask)

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Feminine:

Godess: Frora

Masculine:

God: Frodak

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  • Grammar: Verb|Noun|Adverb|Pronoun|Adjective|Preposition (Conjunctions are excepted)
  • Verbs with past tense must always end with -ek
  • Verbs with Present tense must always end with -ik
  • Verbs with Future tense must always end with -vi
  • Feminine Nouns must always end with -ra
  • Masculine Nouns must always end with -dak
  • To make it plural, find the first vowel of a noun/verb, and double it, then separate it with '.

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    I will add pictures of the Alphabet soon, this is a work-in-progress alphabet...

    What do you think?

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    B3nB1 (author)B3nB12016-12-17

    There are 104 letters in the Draska Alphabet

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    kevinZ6 (author)2016-03-14

    My language is based on Cyrillic alphabet, name of language: Tauriemese:

    Аә Бб Вв Зз Ԑԑ Дд ɘɘ Ее Ёё Жж Ээ Ии Йй Кк Гг Ғғ Лл Мм Нн Оо Ōō Öö Өө Пп Рр Сс Тт
    Уу Ўў Фф Цц Чч Џџ Шш Щщ Ьь Ыы (Ъъ ЪIъI) Юю Яя

    The alphabet is written in upper case lower case format . Upper case of ɘ is an enlarges ɘ.

    I will explain pronunciation rules to other letter in a different comment section.

    For now, lets tackle the hardest few to pronounce.

    Лл = pronounced the same as the Welsh letter Ll. This is a voiceless sound in which you put the tip of your tongue on the top front pallet of your mouth and blow or hiss through the sides of the tongue.

    Ԑԑ =pronounced the same as the Ch letter in Welsh and G character in Dutch. This is basically an accented soft 'h' letter sound produced at the back of the throat.

    Ғғ = pronounced the dame as the Polish letter 'ł' which has the sound of l and w together but with more emphasis on the w so that it almost sounds like a 'w' as in work.

    Рр = trilled/rolled r but more of er sound.

    The bracketed characters have no sound and are the hard and soft sign.

    Everything else is mainly pronounced the usually Cyrillic way.

    There are a lot of rules on word order of sentences, verb endings, pronunciation of certain characters when they are next to certain characters, and a lot of grammatical rules. Many fluent speakers will speak very fast indeed!

    Basic grammar:

    Romanization shown in brackets.

    Здрәвстмийнyде (zdravstmyinudte) –
    Hello

    Прощаийт (prozhait)- Goodbye

    More to come later.

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    B3nB1 (author)kevinZ62016-12-16

    my cyrillic-based language is used on my fictional world in a russian-based country 1860's

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    B3nB1 (author)kevinZ62016-12-16

    thank you for being my inspiration to make Cyrillic-based Alphabet language!! I will credit you

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    AdrianneW3 (author)2016-11-12

    I found this after I made my own language. I call it Vynish. Thanks for making the instructable!

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    wawamwi (author)2016-10-11

    hi

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    romanfighter80 (author)2016-09-23

    called sinjarin

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    romanfighter80 (author)2016-09-23

    A A

    C KA

    D D

    E A

    F FH

    G HI

    H F

    I H

    K KA

    L LE

    N EN

    O O

    P KA

    R KAR

    S SU

    T K

    U O

    VV E

    W U

    X CHA

    Always say name of second letter like english words

    yasu=y-ay-suh=yes

    If there is an h after the second letter it’s silent

    Oe sounds like just oh

    Par sounds like pair

    Ada sounds like uhduh

    Only when an h is by itself it sounds like a

    Ex: I am= h am= a am

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    DawnInventor (author)2016-08-20

    My language is called Nayatsumijun. I'll post everything when I'm done with it.

    P.S: Bro, you don't have no style!

    *PUN INTENDED*

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    JackD87 (author)2016-04-28

    Jurda

    Ah
    Æ
    Ai
    B
    D
    Eh
    Ph
    Gh (always hard G, never J)
    H
    H (hard H)
    Í
    J (y)
    K
    L
    M
    N
    Ng (Ny)
    Oh
    P
    Qu (Qw)
    Rr (rolled)
    R (normal)
    S
    Ts (hard s)
    Sh
    T
    Th
    Dh (hard th sound)
    Uh
    Ü (oo)
    V (w)
    X
    Z
    Zh

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    kevinZ6 (author)2016-03-14

    One such rule is the degree of trilling of the 'p' character (i.e. r sound).

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    KnoxG (author)2015-12-13

    A=short U

    B

    C=ts

    Ć=ch

    D

    E

    F

    G

    H

    I

    J

    K

    L

    M

    N

    O

    P

    Q

    R

    S

    ś= sh

    T

    U

    V

    W

    X

    Y

    Z

    Ź = zh

    ☕= voiced bilabial affricative

    Bh= V

    Th= Th (voiceless)

    Dh= Th (voiced)

    (I copied and pasted)

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    Icelrevji22 (author)KnoxG2016-01-17

    My romance language rules

    Je = Jà

    Aux = se

    Aix = su

    Ai = he

    Ar = er

    On = ux (oux french)

    Ou = ua

    ous = eu french a

    Qu = ou

    Du = Deu (eu french ou)

    Oi = au

    L' = ll' (eu)

    À (french ur)

    Er = E

    Et = è (french o)

    En = á (french u)

    Es = ie

    Êt = ao

    Wordes end with e are now à

    Je l'aime avoir à me aimer et je ne pas besoin de personne

    Jà ll'aime avaur à moi aime è jà nà  pas besaun dà pesonnà

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    Icelrevji22 made it! (author)2015-11-26

    Wer-=A
    Ä= Gives the letter "A" it's name
    B
    Ç- "S" sound
    D
    Tel= E
    Ë- "OW" like in how
    F
    G
    H
    I
    Í= ich
    J
    K
    L
    M
    N
    Del= O
    P
    Q
    R
    S
    T
    Re= U
    Û= "OO"
    Ū= of "Û" is used more then once in a sentance
    V
    W
    Y
    Z
    Th= Sê (Theth)
    Sh= Çi (Si)
    Ch= Çk (SK)

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    nutsandbolts_64 (author)2015-05-21

    You don't have style. *dun dun duunnn*

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    Lucasgray (author)2014-12-23

    Thank but step five isn't there

    Language


    Vowels

    a = "ah"
    á = "aye" if "a" is at the beginning of a word or end of a word, it turns to this.
    e = "eh"
    é = "eeh" if "e" is at the beginning of a word or end of a word, it turns to this.
    i = "ih"
    í = "eye" if "i" is at the beginning of a word or end of a word, it turns to this.
    o = "oh"
    ó = "ooh" if "o" is at the beginning of a word or end of a word, it turns to this.
    u = "ew"
    ú = "ugh" (kind of a grunt) if "u" is at the beginning of a word or end of a word, it turns to this.
    y = "yi" always this way.



    Consonants

    Consonants almost always are the same as English, with a few exemptions, which are marked with an "•"


    •B = "buh" if touching a vowel. If not, than it is "duh"
    C = always "k"
    •D = "duh" if beside a "b" in it's "duh" form, than it becomes a ז
    •ז = a hissing noise, like "sss"
    •F = "ff" if at the end of a word it becomes a "V"
    G = "gh" always
    H = "huff" (same as English) always
    •J = "j" unless touching a vowel, it then becomes "gh"
    K = "k" always
    •L = "luh" if touching an á or u, it becomes "li(lee)"
    M = "m" alwAys
    N = "n" always
    •P = "ph" unless touching a vowel. Then it is "p"
    •Q = "kw" always. No u is needed.
    R = "ruh" always
    •S = "sh" unless touching vowel. Then it is "s"
    T = "t" always.
    V = "v" always
    W = "w" always
    •X = "ps" always
    •Z = no z, replace with S



    Alphabet


    A Δ
    Á Á
    B ß
    C פ
    D Γ

    E Ξ
    É É
    F F
    G מ
    H Π
    I Ι
    Í í
    J μ
    K τ
    L L
    M M
    N Ν
    O Θ
    Ó Ó
    P V
    Q Q
    R Ρ
    S ζ
    Τ ω
    U U
    Ú Ú
    V ¥
    W €
    X X
    Y δ
    Z ζ



    PLACEMENT


    Left to right
    Vowels stay the same at the the beginning of a word, but if behind a consonant it goes on top. If a vowel is on top and a vowel comes after that, the second one stays on the bottom.
    Example

    Actually

    U
    ÁCTaLLY

    u
    ÁפωΔllδ

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    craigl1 (author)2014-08-16

    First, you forgot Step 5. Second, one day, out of random and on a whim, I wrote a word in reverse. This began me writing all of the words in reverse. And it eventually led me to the decision of making a language out of it. No, it's not completely original, for it uses the english language, most of it's rules, and obviously is based off of the english language, but it was a fun idea. I have gotten a bunch of friends together to help me make a rule special for my language and also to name it. Now, also on a whim, I thought it would be a cool idea to have these same friends and I creating new languages all the time, for fun. Then I decided to look up if any one had given steps how to do so. I thank you for the ideas, and want to let you know that I will refer back to this often while creating languages.

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