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Galderish is the standard language of the dragons from the planet Galderik. It is approximately 8 light-years from Earth in a binary system and has a population of 850 million. Over the millennia, the dragons have had many languages just like humans. But then the government simply instituted a standard language now known as Galderish. It is a basic language, designed to have relatively simple grammar and be easy to learn. A few humans have learned Galderish, but as it is fundamentally different from human languages, it remains relatively isolated from human knowledge.
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|Fricative||f v||s z||ŝ ĵ|
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The Galderish alphabet contains 31 letters, each with a single unique sound.
The majority of letters are pronounced as in English. The exceptions are as follows:
A is pronounced as a schwa sound (telephone).
Ä, or aa, is pronounced as in father.
Ĉ, or ch, is pronounced as in children.
Ħ, or hl, is pronounced as ɬ.
I is always pronounced as in is.
Ï, or ii, is always pronounced as in piece.
Ĵ, or jh, is pronounced as in vision.
Ŝ, or sh, is pronounced as in shoe.
U is pronounced as in book.
Ü, or uu, is pronounced as in zoo.
Äy, ey, and oy are pronounced as in tie, may, and toy, respectively. Ay, iy, ïy, uy, and üy are not allowed. There is also no ng, th, or x-cluster in the language.
Present Tense= -üs
Past Tense= -os
Future Tense= -es
More complex tenses are denoted by a -ta on the end of the conjugated verb. For example;
I fly= Ho hlüs
I am flying= Ho vohüs hlüsta
The verb vu (to be) also has a simple conjugation according to person. While the subject "it" uses the basic conjugation, for other pronouns the first letter of the pronoun is inserted into the word like so:
It is= Fo vüs
I am= Ho vohüs
You are= Sho voshüs
He/she is= Do/to vodüs/votüs, etc.
Nouns always end in consonants and are pluralized using the suffix -in. The nouns have three genders; feminine, masculine, and neutral. Most nouns are neutral, but gender-specific nouns like husband and wife use exclusively either voiced or unvoiced consonants. Feminine nouns like tälomit (wife) use only unvoiced consonants, while their masculine variants use voiced consonants (dälomid). Most nouns that describe a position or occupation follow this rule, with a few exceptions.
Ĉäfu ŝep na mener, da ŝïn härin vedüs nolï. Ĉäfu älü na mener, da lo vedos däkfet.
Speak with the wind, and your words travel far. Speak against the wind, and they will travel nowhere.
Ken ħorvek ves gemïa mektolesï. Ĵätyuv ä fïn tek a fülïvän, fotenïvän, da litälïvänin a hut, fo ves gotesta fü mektolesï.
This language was once featured. Thanks to its level of quality, plausibility and usage capabilities, it has been voted as featured.