Season 3 Episode 1: Invented Language




Conlanging is the creation of constructed languages or conlangs, such as Esperanto, Lojban, or Klingon. A conlanger is someone who creates or constructs languages or conlangs. is a site for conlangers, would-be conlangers, those interested in or curious about conlangs, and anything else to do with conlanging. One of the most recently well known conlangers is David J Peterson who created Dothraki from the HBO series Game of Thrones
Check out some of the talks at their international conference: is a site for you to learn the Avatar language to learn Dothraki

Using the Voxpops

You can use the voxpops with your students. The students can listen and note down which emoji people talk about. Or note how many differences in favourite they are? Or if they agree with the choices made.

You can follow it up by asking students to discuss their favourite, which they use most and so on.

End of pod activity

As your commute is coming to an end, here’s an activity you can take into class. It is inspired by one of our voxpops. Try using emoji as a way of encouraging creativity and sentence writing.  Our voxpopper said her friends challenge each other to describe what they are doing using only emoji.  So that’s our activity.   Go into class and ask the students to compose a sentence in emoji to describe something they did last night.

If the students are allowed to use their phones in class then they can send each other the messages or share them via a what’s app group.  If not they simply show their screen to their working partners.  Once they have shared their message their peers try and ‘translate’ the message into English and work out what the student did the previous evening.

Building on this, you can use random selections of emoji to encourage story creation.

 Youtube clips used in this episode:

Learn Klingon 

Esperanto the aggressor language 

Sheldon speaks Klingon 




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