3 Fake Languages in Books and Movies You Should Learn

One of the greatest things that could happen to humanity was science – fiction and fantasy genres, no matter the sub-genres and branches and cross-genres alternatives. It doesn’t even matter you are thinking about movies, books, short stories, theater plays or boardgames. It doesn’t even matter if you are a fan or not, as if you are, you probably know more than we could ever write in an article and if you’re not, you still know  a lot of things, intentionally or accidentally, because in the last years, fantasy, science – fiction and fiction at its best invaded the cinemas, took over bookshelves and corrupted television, only to gain billions of followers world – wide. And it is so awesome, it can’t be truly expressed into words.

Besides monumental stories, incredible realms and immortal characters, box – office success and plots that will keep us glued to the books’ pages or the cinema seats for years on end, these sci – fi and fantasy productions also brought with them new languages, dialects, strange tongues, unknown and unheard before words and phrases. And some of them became not only famous, but found a place into our common language and now are so popular, you can even find tutorials and dictionaries to help you study. There are at least three fake languages in books and movies you should learn, if not to be the coolest geek in the neighborhood, at least to understand what the other cooler geeks are saying to you. Learning Chinese? Everybody can do it. Try these and then consider yourself a linguistics badass! 

1. Sindarin (Elvish) – Tolkien, Jackson and David Salo

sindarin language

This is the language spoken by the Elves in Middle Earth and it was Tolkien who initially invented it in his Lord of the Rings trilogy and the other books he wrote related to the same universe. They say the writer only made up around 400 words and it was director Peter Jackson who collaborated with famous linguist David Salo – an expert in Sindarin – in order to develop the language to become usable in conversation.

So… Pedig edhellen? This means “Do you speak Elvish” and if you don’t, you should start. Beware, it is quite hard and complicated. Luckily for you, there are plenty of resources. You can start with an extensive Guide to Learning Elvish or just memorize some useful Elvish words and phrases to get along with the other Sindarin speakers.

2. Dothraki – Martin and David J. Peterson

dothraki

If you don’t speak Dothraki yet, you’re not a true Game of Thrones fan, not to mention you should have spoken High Valyrian by now. Dothraki language is fabulous linguist David J. Peterson’s creation and it is among the most popular fake languages in books and movies you should learn, because it seems that everybody speaks it. If you don’t believe us, check out the Internet for the famous love statements between Drogo and Daenerys (written in both English and Dothraki on wedding rings and stuff like that).

It is so cool that there are lots of places available for you to learn Dothraki idioms and phrases. So learn Dothraki fast and maybe anha vazhak yeraan thirat.

3. Banana Language – Tagalog, Italian, Spanish, English and Whatever

minions language

Don’t you speak Minion (or the Banana Language) yet? You should be ashamed of yourself. We are, of curse, talking about the Despicable Me series, the animation which got the world addicted to the Minions and their messed – up language too.

YouTube is full of Minion scenes, the Internet got over itself in trying to explain how Banana Language resembles Filipino and a lot of other ones (including Latin languages and ones of Asian origin), in a bundle of phrases and idioms that are now internationally famous. Unlike the Sindarin and Dothraki, Minions’ language is rather limited (as it is hard to write this article in full Banana, while we’re sure somebody can adapt this text to Elvish, for instance), but it sounds awesome nonetheless. There are dozens of Minion – English Translation dictionaries, but one of the most extended resources can be found here.

These are the three fake languages in books and movies you should learn to keep your mind active and be considered the coolest geek in town. Of course, if you want to become a real intellectual and a vast fictional languages speaker, we also recommend you to start learning Klingon (in case you don’t already have a doctoral thesis in Klingon linguistics), Fremen (the language created by Frank Herbert for the Dune Universe) or even Na’vi (yes, the alien language in Avatar!). Happy learning new languages (as human ones are so boring)! Kampai!

Some Interesting Facts about Angry Birds

Angry Birds has become a cultural phenomenon in recent years. The immense popularity of the pig bashing game had even led to me digging up some incredible statistics and vaguely interesting facts about it.

An Astonishing Number of Downloads

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5 Awesome Days to Celebrate in 2014

This world is as crazy as can be and you can become aware of this fact only if you browse online searching for weird, funny and crazy days (usually meaning awareness events and celebrations) that people hold dear to their hearts. While we are used to national and international holidays, be them religious or having a social, medical or political feature to them, mankind seems to celebrate other whacky stuff, like objects, animals and historical events.

All year round, all over the world, each month and every day has some special meaning in some corner of the planet. Now, given your own culture and traditions, you may not be very interested in celebrating the Camcorder Day, while others take very seriously the world-wide manifestations related to Cancer Awareness Day, Earth Day, Autism Awareness Day and so on. But for a change of perspective and for your general knowledge on world’s events, let’s take a look at five awesome days to celebrate in 2014.

1. Extraterrestrial Abductions Day – 20th of March

mulder i want to believe

Now this would be Fox Mulder favorite celebration day of all times. If there would be a real Fox Mulder or aliens abducting people. Oh, wait, maybe there are…  It is hard, if not impossible to trace back in history the origins of the celebration or the mastermind who invented it, but for fun’s sake, don’t forget to watch the sky for strange lights, UFO activity and spending time with your abducted buddies. Maybe you can all watch ET or some X Files special marathon and sign anonymous petitions that demand full disclosure on Area 51 projects. May be fun.

2. Lost Sock Memorial Day – 9th of May

socks dissapear

Whoever invented this was a genius. It’s odd nobody identified the brilliant mind who finally came with this idea. We all know socks leave us, from a reason or another and we mourn their loss just as we’d mourn fallen comrades on the battle field. So this is not only one of the best and most awesome days to celebrate in 2014 (as it is UNIVERSAL), but a good opportunity to say goodbye to the missing ones and release the now solitary soldiers out from your drawers. You can even host a ceremony and accompany the victims on their way to the trash bin with songs of sorrow. It is a sad day and everybody should pay their respects to the lost socks and the ones they are about to throw.

3. Cheer Up the Lonely Day – 11th of July

lonely day

We all know somebody who is lonely. A friend, a family member, a colleague. Being there for somebody is a generous act of kindness and it shouldn’t happen only one day a year. But this particular day, we all should be near somebody who has few friends or relatives, is single or just lost someone close. Loneliness is a terrible feeling and having a cheerful, pleasant and inspiring presence next to you is the best thing ever. So choose among the most awesome days to celebrate in 2014 this particular one and pay forward your kindness and love to the less fortunate. This great idea seems to belong to Mr. Francis Pesek who invented and promoted it.

4. International Talk Like a Pirate Day – 19th of September

talk like a pirate day

This one dates back to 1995 and is attributed to two men – John Baur and Mark Summers – who spiced up their racquetball game with some Pirate – Talk and then decided this should be a celebration day for all those who feel like pirates in their hearts. This is the day when you can ask all the time “Why is the rum gone?” without looking or sounding suspicious and answer with Aye or Nye, or express your feelings with weird sounds and roars.

5. National Chocolate Covered Anything Day – 16th of December

Melted Chocolate

Are you a chocaholic who dreams every night that Willy Wonka retired to an exotic island and left you with his entire legacy in chocolate? Good, cause we are too and we can’t wait to be December 16th to have everything edible (and a few things …less edible) covered in rivers of creamy dreamy chocolate. We don’t know who exactly invented this day and why is it only “National” instead of universal, but we are glad somebody thought we should cover anything in chocolate, at least once a year. In the other 364 / 365 days, we just eat the chocolate as it is.

These are only five awesome days to celebrate in 2014 and there are at least 300 more. Pick your favorite one and let everybody know about it! Savvy?

4 Weird Food Flavored Ice – Creams Around the World

While it’s not summer yet, most of us still enjoy a rich flavored ice-cream from time to time, dreaming of the upcoming warm sunny days when the cold creamy dessert will once again rule over all our sweets options. Most of us, however, are used to and prefer some old fashioned, classic ice – cream flavors, from chocolate, to pistachios, from tantalizing vanilla, to refreshing forest fruits, sometimes topped with whip cream, caramel sauce and sprinkles of any kind. However, there are some folks who in the last years became addicted to new flavors, as the imagination of ice – cream makers seems to know no limits – flavors that very well mimic food or entire dinner feasts. There are at least four weird ice – cream types that taste like food and the puzzling fact about them is that they record an enormous success.

Perhaps this is not such a bad idea, no matter how odd it seems (after having a steak to have a pizza flavored ice – cream, for instance). Imagine you are dieting hard and french fries, pasta or juicy tenderloins are out of the question. But you are craving and secretly dreaming of fat burgers, oversize pizza slices and rivers of chocolate. What can you do to satisfy your nerve – shattering cravings and still follow your dietary plan? Instead of sneaking to the fridge and devastate it, you get yourself a nice food – flavored ice – cream without feeling too much guilt, as even weird food flavored ice – creams have less calories than a real hotdog. So let’s see together 4 weird food flavored ice – creams and pick our poison for the summer or for dieting in any season.

1. Lobster ice – cream, U.S.A.

lobster ice cream

So you feel like eating lobster, but let’s face it, this isn’t something everybody affords to have on a weekly basis. But to satisfy your craving, you can go to Bar Harbor, Maine, and have Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium signature lobster ice – cream, a creamy dreamy delight that has little to do with chocolate, but a lot with luxury sea – food.

2. Foie Gras ice – cream, France

foie gras ice cream

Ah, the French. These culinary arts masters that aim to surprise and tease foodies everywhere with their magnificent creations. If you had real French foie gras and loved every bite, fret no more, as ice – cream artisan Philippe Faur managed the impossible: give ice – cream the foie gras taste it deserved. Among the most weird food flavored ice – creams ever, this one is a signature dessert dating back to 2005. It is quite popular and if you ever want to try it, go for the original.

3. Spaghetti and Cheese Ice Cream, Venezuela

Spaghetti and Cheese Ice Cream

Now if you happen to visit Venezuela, you should know that you can actually taste spaghetti and cheese ice – cream at the Heladeria Coromoto, home of the world’s most weird food flavored ice creams. Spaghetti and cheese is perhaps the most mundane choice of all, as you can also have tuna ice – cream, ham and cheese, chicken and rice, steak and so on. Your taste-buds will explode in pleasure, while your calories count will still stay on the charts. What can be more brilliant than that? There are around 900 different weird food flavored ice – creams in that place and you can be the most peckish of people, it’s impossible not to find something to your liking.

4. Oyster ice – cream, Japan

oyster ice cream

By the looks of it, people seem to get very fond of sea – food flavored ice – cream and where else to go for the powerful oyster taste, if not Japan? Namja Town, to be exact, a place where oysters are not the only dish to inspire ice – cream, but are certainly the most popular. In Namja Town you can also find beef tongue ice – cream and a lot of other interesting flavors, but the oyster type actually has small bits and chunks of oysters in the ice – cream. Wow! Have a lemon with you, just in case.

Don’t believe peoples’ creativity stopped here. When it comes to weird food flavored ice – cream, you can have tens of other choices, depending on your soft – spots and cravings. From raw horse flesh flavored ice – cream (this one can make any human’s skin crawl at the idea) to goat cheese ice – cream, the possibilities seem endless, exciting, downright odd and even funny. But they are popular indeed and some places actually turned the cities they’re in into touristic hot – spots.