What makes Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and Game of Thrones such household names?
Is it the impossible-to-look-away-from action, intriguing narrative twists, and compelling tales, or does something else captivate audiences?
Our ears struggle to understand what our favorite characters are saying while they speak in strange syllables and noises. It turns out that the majority of viewers are interested in learning more about these languages, including Elvish, Vulcan, and others.
A recent study found that 81% of people, with Gen Z being the most likely group (89%), would be interested in learning a fictional language. In order to determine which fictional languages are most popular across the United States, the study looked at patterns in search volume.
In the Pacific Northwest, the most popular searches were for Elvish from “The Lord of the Rings.” The people of Washington, D.C., on the other side of the country, were most enthusiastic about conlangs. The language Spock spoke on “Star Trek,” Vulcan, was the one they looked for most frequently.
The next-highest search volumes for fictional languages after Washington, D.C. were found in Vermont (Dwarvish), Wyoming (Dwarvish), Alaska (Dwarvish), and North Dakota (Dwarvish) (Orkish). The people who were most fascinated by the Na’vi from “Avatar” were those in California, Florida, and North Carolina. The Northeast and Georgia were the two regions where “Dothraki” was most frequently searched.
Residents of Louisiana were the least interested in learning fictional languages, while those of Washington, D.C., were the most interested.
These aren’t the only startling numbers, either.
More than 2,000 people participated in the two surveys that WordFinder by YourDictionary performed. The top 10 fictional languages that fans wish to learn, according to their research.
Vulcan, from Star Trek (19%)
Enjoy a long and happy life! The Vulcan language was developed by linguist Marc Okrand for the Star Trek television series. It turns out that more than 40 years later, both the show and the lingo are still widely used. 19% of respondents claimed they wish to learn this language, which may be related to the reboot it has received on the big screen.
9: Mando’a, from The Mandalorian (19%) in Star Wars.
beautiful baby Fans of Disney’s The Mandalorian aren’t only smitten with Yoda; 19% of respondents stated they want to study the language of the planet Mandalore.
Game of Thrones (20%) at 8: High Valryian
The Valyrian language is divided between High Valyrian and Low Valyrian in the television series Game of Thrones. On the continent of Essos, figures like Daenerys Targaryen, known as the Mother of Dragons, speak the former, which is far older and less commonly used. According to WordFinder’s study, 20% of participants desire to be able to communicate effectively with characters like her.
The Lord of the Rings (20%) in Dwarvish
The Dwarvish language from The Lord of the Rings, called Khuzdul by Dwarves, was actually based on Hebrew. This explains why the two sound alike and may contribute to the language ranking eighth.
6: The Lord of the Rings in Elvish Sindarin (23%)
23% of respondents said they would like to converse in Elvish Sindarin with Galadriel, Elrond, and Legolas from The Lord of the Rings.
Klingons in Star Trek (5%)
It’s interesting to see that more Star Trek enthusiasts (24%) desired to study Klingon than Vulcan (19%).
Naqvi: Avatar (fourth, 24%)
24 percent of respondents said they would like to learn the Na’vi language. We are left to wonder how many more people aspire to be a nine-foot blue Avatar in the mold of Jake Sully.
3: The Lord of the Rings in Elvish Quenya (26%)
The fictional language that appeals to respondents the most is Elvish Quenya, according to 26% of those polled. In The Lord of the Rings, poetry and magic are primarily written in this archaic tongue.
2: Game of Thrones in Asshai’i (26%)
The native dialect of Asshai’i, which can be found in the southeast of Essos in Game of Thrones, is the second fictional language that respondents most wished to learn.
1: Game of Thrones’ Dothraki (34%)
The language of the nomadic warriors of Essos, Dothraki, was the most popular fictitious language that people sought to learn. It is the mother tongue of Khal Drogo, the most well-known Dothraki-born “Game of Thrones” character, who is portrayed by the consistently well-liked Jason Momoa. This information might contribute to Dothraki being ranked first. Males (34%) were more inclined than women (19%) to wish to learn Dothraki.
Taking Language Classes
We are all connected to one another and to our communities through language. When you watch your favorite TV shows and movies or interact with other die-hard fans, learning a new language can be enjoyable and helpful. American sci-fi and fantasy enthusiasts adore the plots of shows like Game of Thrones, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and others so much that they want to learn their imaginary languages and join the tribe, as this survey also found.
The least eager group to acquire a new actual or invented language was the baby boomer generation. They were the generation most eager to learn High Valyrian, nonetheless (28%). The generation most keen on learning the Vulcan language from “Star Trek” was the baby boomers (32%). Of all the generations, millennials (95%) exhibited the most curiosity. The language most frequently spoken by young people is Dothraki. Dothraki is the language that millennials (37%) and Gen Xers (32%) are most eager to learn.
Becoming fluent in a fictional language requires a lot of specialized knowledge. Superfans of science fiction and fantasy are probably most interested in studying them, but what about actual languages? More than 90% of people, according to the study, would be interested in learning a new language.
The top three languages that people would like to learn are, in order, Spanish (53%), French (48%), and Japanese (29%). The top 10 languages that respondents stated they wanted to learn are Arabic (26%), Russian (25%), Italian (24%), Korean (20%), Mandarin (15%), Portuguese (14%), and Hindi (14%) in that order.
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