Iconic Alien Languages

Out of this world: The greatest alien dialects ever created

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Looking to learn a new tongue? How about one of these iconic alien languages and the key phrases? 

In the new film Arrivaltwelve extraterrestrial spacecraft touch down on Earth and linguists must crack an alien dialect in order to figure out their intentions. We’ve dug through The Red Bulletin DVD library to pick out some of the greatest, funniest and most iconic alien languages ever created for the silver screen.

Which one of these would you like to learn the most? 

  • Klingon (Star Trek)
  • Gungan (Star Wars)
  • Divine Language (The Fifth Element)
  • Na’vi (Avatar)
  • Martian (Mars Attacks!)
  • Cityspeak (Blade Runner)
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“Mesa greeting. In peles mesa comen.”
“Greetings. I come in peace.”


Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Little is known of how Gungan, a variation of English, was born. Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks) believes George Lucas based it on the speech of the director’s son Jett, then six. 

Listen to a conversation in Gungan (2:40)

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“‘IwlIj jachjaj!” 
A toast that translates as “May your blood scream!”


Star Trek

This popular fictional tongue was first spoken in 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture. James Doohan (aka Scotty) invented the initial sounds and words, which linguist Marc Okrand developed into a language.

Fun fact: A man tried to raise his child as a native speaker in Klingon, however did not really succeed and stopped the experiment when his son was about three years old.

Today, many Star Trek fans learn Klingon. The dialect has also found its way into the TV show “Big Bang Theory“. Listen to Sheldon speaking Klingon

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“Mu fryesh akta simoulai.”
“You have just offended me with your actions.”

Divine Language

The Fifth Element

Luc Besson and Milla Jovovich collaborated on her character Leeloo’s dialect for the 1997 film, speaking in the Divine Language on set to refine it. Sadly for all involved, Jovovich’s best remembered quote in the film was “Mul-ti-pass”.

Check out Leeloo’s best moments in The Fifth Element

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“Oel ngati kameie” 
“I See You”



James Cameron wanted a complex, unique language for his 2009 sci-fi epic, so asked a university professor to create something that could feasibly be learned by the human race. Continually growing, it currently contains over 2000 words.

Watch the Avatar trailer and try to read the subtitles in Na’vi 

© Youtube // LearnNavi

Ak Ak Ak Ak Ak!
meaning... more or less anything you want it to



Tim Burton was not quite as thorough with his satire of ’50s alien invasion films. The horrific looking Martian invaders do have their own language, deciphered by Pierce Brosnan’s scientist in the film, but (to the human ear at least) seemingly unintelligible. 


Those crazy Martians! Listen to them here 

© Youtube // Juanma Infante

“Monsieur, azonnal kˆvessen engem bitte”
“Mister, you are under arrest”



Described by Harrison Ford’s Deckard as “gutter talk, a mishmash of Japanese, Spanish, German, what have you”, Cityspeak was used by the character Gaff and created by the actor who played him, Edward James Olmos. Many fictional futures portray a street slang that reflect a blending of cultures – Joss Whedon famously blended Chinese and English for his cult series Firefly.

Watch the official Trailer of Blade Runner!

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