How to Speak Obish




Introduction: How to Speak Obish

Learn this easy language game that will allow you to speak to friends privately in front of almost anyone. They won't understand a word!

Step 1: Obish

Obish (or Obby Dobby, or Pig Greek) is a simple gibberish language game whos public knowledge seems to have faded. You can use this to your advantage, and have "private" conversations with people right in front of someone you wouldn't normally talk in front of.

Playing this "game" well will make your speech near-unintelligible to people who don't know the trick to understanding this method of speech. To people who understand, your speech will come in loud and clear!

Please, remember that this mode of speech isn't unknown, it's just not widely known. So conferring "privately" with someone in front of a car salesman (who will likely know all the secret languages) or involving truly serious matters is not recommended. There are some people know this language, so it's really just PGP (pretty good privacy), and a bit of fun for you and your friends or significant others.

Step 2: How to Speak Obish

Obish is extremely easy to learn, and with a little practice, and a few tricks, you'll be speaking quickly enough for people to be unable to decipher your conversations.

When pronouncing words, simply add "ob" before every vowel sound.

>Hoborse (hob-or-s)

>Stobore (ob before vowel SOUNDS; the E at the end is not pronounced)

>Frobeight (frob-eight)

The pronounciations included dashes for help pronouncing, they do not imply a pause. Quite conversely, you must try to pronounce the sounds as close together as you can. If you take your time and sound the sylables out, people may figure out the trick.

>This guy's boring, help me out of this!
>Thob-iss gob-eye's bob-o-robing, hob-elp mob-ee obout (like "about" with an "o") ob-of thobis!

I can't imagine there's much else to say, except that once you get used to speaking like this, you'll be able to speak it without even thinking.

Step 3: Tricks and Tips

This language isn't fool-proof, and people will endeavor to understand what you're saying. There are some problems with the language that can help people figure out the trick, but we're going to take care of them here!

Speed is the trick to this language. Do not use it seriously until you and the person(s) you're speaking it with are fast enough.

Once you're sure-tongued with the language, try to adjust the pitch and pronounciation of the word to make it sound even less like the original word.

Short and common words that start with vowels are your enemies. These words will help people decypher your language. Words like "of" or "as" should be pronounced so fast that they are almost implied to the listener, but to make them even harder for people to understand, use other words that don't follow the ob rules. Replace "of" with "olive" or make "as" into "asbee". Try to choose something that is fast so as not to slow down the conversation. Names are a real danger, since people certainly know their own names, and if you start talking about Rob-ojer, Roger is going to figure out that you just added "ob" to his name. Use replacement words for names to keep people from catching on to the trick. Roger becomes Raybo, John becomes Joe-boe. Try to keep ob out of the special name to make sure the person you're talking to doesn't try to interpret the special name, but try to keep a "b" in there to keep the name sounding like the rest of the conversation. Of course, these special names must be agreed upon with your co-linguist beforehand.

These are really only necessary when using Obish in front of the same people over and over. If you're only going to be using it every once in a while, you don't need to add any of these tricks to the language to keep from being understood by those who don't know it. Keep in mind that the speed is always good, since if you're not fast with the language, you won't speak it, and then what good is it? :)



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    (Damn Roger, damn Roger to Hell)

    or of course you could just say their name, since names aren't normally translated when you are speaking a different language, that wouldn't give it away either

    What's the one where you insert "ma" and repeat syllables in short words?
    "Tubamaba, Viomalin, Obomoboe- Saxamaphone"
    I think it was favoured by Sara Cox...

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    Back in about 1955 we called this "Double Dutch." Usually we learned it just after Pig Latin got too easy.

    Close, but since it's only for vowel sounds, and not just vowels, you don't need the extra "ob" for the "u" in "yourself." It would be closer to "yob-or-sob-elf."

    this is cool


    11 years ago

    excellent use of the fallout guy

    Sobeems sobortoba usefobul, but you could easily substitute different sounds when talking in front of someone who knows this. For example, Ebish, or Abish.

    My first thought was "Mushmouth" from "Fat Albert"... though he used "ba" as in "hebaloba howba arba youba?"

    I used to speak Ubi-Dubbi. Its the same thing but you say ub instead of ob. It was on a TV show called Zoom. I was pretty good at it. Maybe I should re-learn it XD

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    I got pretty good at that too. Zoom's been replaced by Dragonfly now though.

    "Come on Zoom-a-zooma-zoom.... come on and zooma-zooma-zooma-zoom.... come on and give it a try......... we'll show you how and just why..........." (everybody sing with me!) could be the Instructables theme song.


    11 years ago

    My grandfather and I used to do this when I was a kid. I had forgotten all about it. Thanks for reminding me.

    In Spanish you can do this, but just by adding a letter instead of ob, "Hablar con la F", that is what i would call it when i spoke with F, i can speak faster in spanish and the letter F between every vowl sound, than i do normally in english (i am completely bi-lingual, but i speak spanish faster because after all, it is the fastest spoken langage in the world). the only objection that i have with this is that althought it tends to throw people off more, the b sound at the end makes it harder for the words to flow.

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    That's the beauty of the language; the b sound forces a phonetic pause, so while it does make it harder to say fast, it breaks up words to throw people off more. "friday night" doesn't sound like "frobidobay nobight," It sounds like "frob idob aynob ite". It throws off the cadence. It's just one way to throw people off, high speed is another.

    But the B is before a vowel so it still flows for me