Homebrew Resource: Languages

July 28, 2019

You may have gone too far this time. You’re so deep into creating your world that you’ve decided that it needs a language. Or several. And they need to be unique and fleshed out, so that you’ll actually be able to speak them to some degree and not just make sounds that you’ve made up in a few seconds on the spot with no notes to go on.

“Arfa doofa blado,” doesn’t exactly sound like something that would come out of a moon sprite’s mouth.

Definitely a complicated task, but there’s a tool for your predicament.

Vulgar is an online constructed language generator. There are paid tiers for dictionaries of 2000 or 4000 words, but if you only need a basis to work off of, the free trial size gives you a dictionary of 200 common words in your newly generated language.

(Note from Editor Andy: The site struggled to load on my desktop’s Firefox. It was much happier on my mobile’s Chrome browser.)

No matter what version you use, free or paid, the generator also gives you every little nitty gritty phonetic and linguistic detail of your new language to work with, and you’re even able to go in to edit what’s been generated for you—take out some letters or add new ones in, or even add linguistic rules if you have an idea of what you’re already aiming for.

Even the smallest of dictionaries can help in fleshing out a world and bring life to your homebrew cities and peoples, not just on paper, but in sound as well.

Oh, and they’re also on Facebook!

Jess P

Jess is a barrister at Mayfair. An avid gamer at heart, anything on the table or a screen is fair play. When not playing or working, Jess crafts in her spare time or writes up homebrew campaigns for DnD 5E. She mothers two cats, Elvira and Blitzen, with her girlfriend. Her favorite games include Pandemic, Unlock! Escape Adventures, Viticulture, and Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition.

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