LANGUAGES

On the surface, languages seem to have no purpose or use.

In truth, they do have some use, purpose and benefit -- but few people care to utilize languages.

The majority of people opt to speak in the universal Common Tongue rather than take advantage of languages

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PURPOSES AND USES

1) NPC COMMUNICATIONS: Speak to NPC's in their tongue and possibly benefit by better cooperation. I had one incident where I was doing a quest and this came into play. In fact, it was the tax collection quest in Qeynos. At one point there is this (gnome?) in a bar. I could not get him to cooperate no matter what I said or how I said it... despite having a good idea of what I was supposed to say. Then, on a whim, I spoke to him in his native tongue. It worked. He responded as he was supposed to and I was able to finish the quest. I have also found that speaking to MOB's in the Plane of Justice requires use of their native language.

2) RECREATIONAL FUN: Learning new languages and advancing your skill in languages is a good hobby. It can pass the time while waiting for a spawn, power leveling a friend, waiting for the spires to activate, waiting on a raid to start up, selling in Bazaar and so forth.

3) MORE SECURE COMMUNICATIONS: There may be times when you may simply want only certain people to understand your chat. Perhaps you and your associates are speaking of issues that you do not necessarily wish others to hear or understand (re: real life issues, guild information, etc.). This will allow you to communicate within a group, outside a group and even in non-private chat channels while better assuring that only certain people understand what you are saying.

4) INTERPRETATION: Sometimes scrolls, books and similar items require that you know a language in order to be able to read and/or interpret the language. This is especially true with some casters.

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LEARNING LANGUAGES

1) GUILD (TRAINING POINTS): Your character-type guild(s) (not Player Guilds) will offer you training in various languages as your progress in levels. You can use training points to increase your skill level in these languages. I would never use more than 1 Training Point -- just to "activate" the language.

2) SPAM (OTHER PLAYERS): You can learn languages from other players. To do this you must be in the same zone and in the same group (group chat) or via direct "tells." I have not experimented with guild chat, private channels or raid (/rs) in this area, so I do not know if those will work the same way. I understand that they will not work.

I do know that it will NOT work with "say."

When you want to train someone else in a language, you must first set up a hot key for "spam." The "spam" can be anything. It can be gibberish, a poem, praise of your deity or whatever.

You will need to switch to the appropriate chat channel (tell, group...), switch to the appropriate language and then hit the "spam" button repeatedly. The other player will get line after line of your "spam." He/She will slowly but surely increase his/her skill in the noted language and slowly be able to read exactly what it is that your spam says.

You can train the other person up to your own level in a given language, plus one level (up to 100). Most people cross-train in languages. This means that while you are spam-training others, they are spam-training you in return. A lot of screen glut for sure, but it works!

You can actually train one (1) level higher than your current skill (meaning you can train back and forth with someone, all the way to a skill of 100)… even if neither one of you have a skill of 100 to start with!

The maximum you can go to, in any language, is Master (100). Unlike other skills or abilities, any character (of any race) can master any and all languages. However, it does appear that your character's Intelligence level affects how "fast" you can learn a language (example: 1 increase in 10 lines of spam or 1 increase in 15 lines of spam, etc.).

UPDATE: Rumor is that you can now simply spam yourself to max a language, you do not need someone else to do it.

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HOW TO

Changing languages is very simple. You simply right click your chat window bar and choose from there, or just use this command:  /language 00

That command will change you over to language 00 on your language list, with 00 being the number code for the given language.

NOTE: I have not tested this theory, but I am pretty sure that language numbering varies with race / character type (giving preference to native/original languages, I believe). For this reason, the language numbers show below may vary for you, especially if you do not know all the languages. To see what sequence/number your languages are, use this command:  /language help. Or just use the right click menu in the chat window, to change languages.

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THE KNOWN LANGUAGES

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An Unknown Tongue     Alaran     Common Tongue    Barbarian    Combine

Dark Elf     Dark Speech     Dragon     Dwarven     Elder Dragon     Elder Elvish

Elder Teir'Dal     Elvish     Erudian     Faerie     Froglok     Goblin     Hadal

Gnoll     Gnomish     Halfling     Lizardman     Ogre     Old Erudian

Orcish     Shar Vahl     Thieves Cant     Troll

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LEARNABLE LANGUAGES

An Unknown Tongue

AKA: N/A.

/language 26

This was an actual language at one time. However, it was removed from the game as of the Veil of Alaris Expansion.

It was replaced with the Alaran language.

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Alaran

AKA: N/A.

/language 26

This is the language of Alarans.

You can learn this language from a quest called "Words of the Unspoken" out of that starts in Shard's Landing with Councilman Nostulia.

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Common Tongue

AKA: Common.

/language 1

This is the language of commerce. It was first spread by human merchants. This is the universal language of all races.

All  creatures and races in EQ (pretty much) can speak and understand this language.

When you start the game, you will all ready be a master at this language. This is the language the vast majority of players converse in -- the vast majority of the time.

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Barbarian

/language 2

This is the rough sounding language of the northern people (barbarians).

If your character is of the Barbarian race, you will start out as a Master in this language.

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Combine

AKA Combine Empire; Giantish.

/language 17

The ancient language of the Geomancers. This is one of the languages that does not originate from a player race.

Now spoken only by Giants.

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Dark Elf

AKA: Tier'Dal, Dark Elvish.

/language 5

The harsh and hateful language of the Dark Elf race.

If your character is of the Dark Elf race, you will start out as a Master in this language.

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Dark Speech

/language 24

This is a patchwork of a language shared by evil races.

You will have be a master of this language from the start if your character is a Dark Elf, Iksar, Ogre or Troll.

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Dragon

AKA: Dragonspeak, Wurm, Wyrm.

/language 22

This is one of the languages that does not originate from a player race. This is the language of the Dragons (the Wurms or the Wyrms).

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Dwarven

AKA Dwarf, Dwarvish.

/language 6

The gruff and deep (guttural) language of the deity Brell.

If your character is a Dwarf, you will start out as a master in this language.

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Elder Dragon

AKA: Elder Dragonspeak, Elder Wurm, Elder Wyrm, Old Dragon, Old Dragonspeak.

/language 23

This is one of the languages that does not originate from a player race. This is the ancient root language of the Dragons (the Wurms or the Wyrms).

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Elder Elvish

/language 13

The ancient root and melodic language of the deity Tunare. This language very musical and / or poetic in nature.

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Elder Tier'dal

AKA: Elder Dark Elf, Elder Dark Elvish.

/language 18

The ancient root language of the harsh and hateful language used by the Dark Elf race.

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Elvish

AKA: Elf.

/language 4

The melodic language of the deity Tunare. This language is all most musical in nature -- poetic. A pleasant language.

If your character is an Elf, High Elf or Wood Elf -- you will start out as a master in this language.

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Erudian

AKA Erudite.

/language 3

The rather complicated language of the Erudian people from Odus.

You start out as a master of this language, if your character is a Erudite.

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Faerie

/language 21

This is one of the languages that does not originate from a player race. This language is one of music, not words. A very delightful language.

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Froglok

AKA: Frog, Frogluk.

/language 14

This is the language of the amphibian frog people. It is marked by sounds, chirps, burps and chatter that range from the deep and guttural to the high pitched.

If your character is of the Froglok race, you will start out as a Master in this language.

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Goblin

/language 15

This is one of the languages that does not originate from a player race. It is the language of the Goblins that seem to infest Norrath.

The language has an evil tone and sound to it. It is vicious and basic.

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Gnoll

/language 16

This is one of the languages that does not originate from a player race. This is the language of the canine Gnoll race.

It is a language of barks, growls, howls, panting and similar.

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Gnomish

AKA: Gnome, Gnomadic.

/language 9

This is a scientific variation of Dwarvish. The Gnomes are the scientist and cerebral race of EQ.

This language evolved from the Dwarf language and has become practically unrecognizable from its root language -- with its technical, scientific/advanced phrases, words, terms and annunciations.

If your character is of the Gnome race, you will start out as a Master in this language.

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Hadal

/language 27

This is the language of the Hadal, a sea serpent like race.

You can learn this language from the "Oseka's Knowledge' quest that starts in Sarith, City of Tides with Solphius Kelprunner.

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Halfling

/language 10

The lilting and merry language of the Halflings (Hobbits). This is a fun and upbeat language.

If your character is of the Halfling race, you will start out as a Master in this language.

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Lizardman

/language 19

This is the snake-like language of the Lizardmen. The language is very smooth and involves a lot of hissing sounds.

If your character is an Iksar you will be a master of this language from the start.

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Ogre

/language 8

The very basic and simple language of the Ogre race, with little or no complication. However, the language does have an excess of terminology for topics relating to war and warfare.

If your character is of the Ogre race, you will start out as a Master in this language. 

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Old Erudian

AKA Elder Erudite, Elder Erudian.

/language 12

The rather complicated old language of the Erudian people from Odus that bears some resemblance to Common.

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Orcish

AKA: Orc.

/language 20

This is one of the languages that does not originate from a player race. This is the language of the Orcs.

It is guttural and -- to be blunt -- stupid. The Ogre language is an advanced language compared to this one.

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Shar Vahl

AKA: Cat.

/language 25

This is the language of the feline race known as the Shar Vahl. It is a language that ranges from purrs to growls to hisses to purring and mewing. It is a soothing language, for the most part.

If your character is of the Shar Vahl race, you will start out as a Master in this language.

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Thieves Cant

AKA: Sign Language.

/language 11

This is a language spoken completely through hand signs and/or body signals. Perhaps it was developed by thieves so that they could communicate in stealth while in the process of committing their crimes.

If your character is a Rogue, you will start out as a Master of this language.

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Troll

/language 7

The language of the Troll race. This language is very vile and harsh. It is very scary to listen to as it is intimidating and tends to invoke a fearful response.

If your character is of the Troll race, you will start out as a Master in this language.

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OTHER NON-PLAYER LANGUAGES

Languages that seem to clearly exist with MOB's -- but seemingly not with Player Characters.

Grimling

The Grimling race on Luclin clearly have some language of their own.

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Kerran

On Norrath there are some Cat People known as Kerrans (Toxxulia). This is reputed to be their language. However, I have never met anyone who knows this language. I suspect Shar Vahl is in fact the Kerran language (the language of the cat people from Luclin). 

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Kobold

The lore is that this is the language of the canine Kobold race. However, I have never found anyone who speaks any level of such a language. I suspect that this is actually the language known as Gnoll and is shared by all canine races, to include the Kobolds.

Rumor is that this language actually existed in EQ, early on, but was replaced by Elder Tier'Dal (/shrug).

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Tegi

Some people call this language Akheva.

The Tegi is the race of "moon men" on Luclin. They clearly speak in some unknown tongue when you fight them. In fact -- one quest reveals that "Akuel xi ans Vius" means "The Gift of Dark." The rumor is that this is, in fact, an "actual" language, so to speak. Meaning each word has an actual real-life English-language translation.

Using the example noted above, I would say Akuel = Gift, xi = of, ans = the and Vius = Dark (literally, Gift of the Dark).

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Other Suspected Tongues

Other non-player races suspected of having a distinct language: Troglodytes, Netherbians, Fungal Creatures (Fungal Fiends, Mushrooms...), Goranga's, Aviaks (bird people), Brownies, Centaurs, Drolvargs, Pixies, Sarnaks, Treants, Greater Apes (Yeti, Gorilla's...), Coterie (Vampires), Tizmaks and Ulthorks.

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