D&D Real World Languages

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In dnd5e real world languages, there are four families. These include Sylvan Family or Primordial Family, Infernal Family, Sylvan Family or Sylvan Family. These families have real languages in different languages. For more information, please refer to the table below.

Giant Family Sylvan Family Infernal Family Primordial Family
Giant-Hebrew Sylvan- Persian Dravidian languages Malayo-Polynesian languages
Dwarvish- Arabic Unseelie/Shadowfell – Pashto Infernal- Telugu Primordial- Javanese
Hill Dwarves and Maltese Elvish- Hindustani Abyssal – Tamil Aquan-
Orc-Amharic High Elvish-Udu Gnoll- Kannada Auran-
Duergar- Hausa (Chadic language) Wood Elvish- Hindi Ignan-
Drow- Bengali/Bangla Marathi Terran-
Goblin- Kurdish/Kurmanji Lojban – Deep Speech
Draconic- Mandarin
Yuan Ti- Japanese
Halfling Spanish
Polishie Rock Gnome
Svirfneblin- Belarusian
Undercommon- International Sign/Gestuno

After looking at the above mentioned table you’ve some knowledge on the different languages which are included in the D&D real world languages. We will now explain each language in detail. You can find them below. Just keep reading.

Real World Languages for D&D Languages

  • Common- English:

This is an obvious language that almost everyone knows. Usually, my d&d players speak english. All characters are able to speak the same language.

  • Human Clan Languages:

The celestic languages (In alphabetical order: Irish Gaelic Scots Gaelic and Welsh) This was an older decision but i did not give up. I like the fact that humanity is more divided., but of course it is still relatively self – contained and even the Celtic family strikes that the balance of similarity/difference perfectly.

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We will now discuss the four family Real World Languages.

1) Giant Family: (Semitic Languages)


  • The Goliath has spoken the modern variety, and the Firbolg simply said that it was modern.
  • It is not the same language as Giants’ spoken language, even though it is rooted there.
  • After Draco–Gagantem War’s expulsion of the Giants, the Old Giantish (also known as Biblical Hebrew) method of speaking has been lost.
  • Any way most of the giants those who’ve already returned to a Material Plane are quickly picked up on the Modern Giantish (aka Modern Hebrew) and even there has yet to been frequent documentation of two intelligent Giants in the Old Giantish.
  • It is the Old Language for an Old Race.

Dwarvish- Arabic

  • It is the most widely spoken language in the world, and it belongs to the same family as the Hebrew (even if we limit ourselves to Egyptian Arabic).
  • Here i recommend you to use the world’s most popular languages as much as possible.

Hill Dwarves and Maltese

  • It belongs to the Arabic family but uses a Latin alphabet.
  • This sign indicates that Hill Dwarves may be mixed with other races.


  • According to my opinion, the ORCs are created by the Giants.

Duergar- Hausa (Chadic language)

  • Okay! Okay!
  • However, google translate did not contain any entries for the other do. I had to switch to another Afroasiatic language branch.
  • It is actually the 30th most widely spoken language in all of Africa.

2) Sylvan Family:

Sylvan and Persian

  • It is a language that has the old roots. However, the persian was a good choice.
  • It is because the Indo-Aryan language family is large, which makes it almost appropriate for such a large group like the Fey/Elves.

Unseelie/Shadowfell – Pashto

  • It is a descendant of the Avestan and is also one of the languages that is quickly influenced Hindustani. Therefore, it feels appropriate to use it for a similarly forgettable influence on Elves.

Elvish- Hindustani

  • This language has a speciality i.e., it is not only one of the world’s most spoken languages, but also it is the duality between Urdu and Hindi is very much appropriate for the contrasting images of the High and Wood Elves.

High Elvish-Udu

Urdu’s Persian influence is evident more in the Urdu language, which suggests that the Fey are more closely connected to the high Elves.

Wood Elvish- Hindi

Drow- Bengali/Bangla Marathi

Goblin- Kurdish/Kurmanji

  • This language is more likely because the Giants created Orcs, and the Fey created Goblinoids. So looping them into the same language family while still making them distinct was important.
  • So, for this particular aspect i have keepen in an Iranian family of languages, but i’ve shifted to a Western Iranian Languages, which may contain Old and Middle Persian.

Draconic- Mandarin

  • It is a chinese language, while it is having the tons of dialects/sub-languages, it commonly has the benefit of being both the incredibly old and yet persistent.
  • Although there isn’t much talk about Dragonborn or Kobolds in the Draconic language, it makes sense to use the Mandarin Chinese language which has an impressive heritage.

Yuan Ti- Japanese

  • This language is Technically a creation of the Lizard God(s), it has made more sense to use a language which had been influenced by the Draconic, but was still very much it’s own.

Halfling Spanish

  • It is technically an English language, so i needed representations from the Indo-European sub-group.


Forest Gnome- Ukranian

  • I needed two languages that have the closest relationship to each other in order to represent the Balto-Slavic representation.
  • Here, the Polish and Ukranian have been heavily influenced one another, but the Ukranian gets assigned to the forest-gnomes simply because the Ukranian has written Cyrillic script, which was influenced greatly by Persian..
  • Here a nice linguistic reference for the Fey’s more subtle influence on the Gnomes.

Rock Gnome Polish

  • I wanted the Gnomes to reject their Fey relationship and be one of the fewest peoples who could change their language by force.
  • This was a perfect fit for the Polish, with all its relation to the Ukranian. However, even if the use of Latin alphabet is required, it seemed perfectly appropriate. Plus I’m Polish so… win-win.

Svirfneblin- Belarusian

  • It’s a tricky question because I didn’t know whether to base it from the Ukranian, or Polish.
  • So, ultimately, i have gone for the older Ukranian (here in my world, not the real world), but of course i kept it in a family and since then the Google Translate didn’t have Rusyn, Belarusian it was.

Undercommon- International Sign/Gestuno

  • How do I tie together the Belarusian (Svirfneblin), Bengali(Drow) and the Hausa (Duergar), then? well, however after some research into the Pigin languages, i’ve realized that i don’t.
  • Because the undercommon is used mainly for trade and even though it’s not for cultural unity, it seemed appropriate to choose a more utilitarian option.
  • It is not true that talking in the Underdark would be a good idea. Sign Language can be used to keep Shriekers and Gibbering Mothers away from you, since all these races have darkvision.


  • As per this language the modern variation of an old language, the perfect for Celestials, plus with the our Western fascination with the Greek pantheon it’s kinda perfect.

3) Infernal Familie :

Dravidian languages

I was tormented about which Infernals to choose. Let’s face it, there is a question that may be asked: How can you assign a language to a group monsters who are literally evil incarnate?

  • I have been introduced to Dravidian languages by the Wikipedia.
  • It is Incredibly old, but it actually isolated from the rest of the world’s languages, so the Dravidian family bring the heritage of Persian or Greek, but without any baggage of using a very geographically-based language like the Ukrainian.
  • These languages are all common in southeastern India, Asia and are not considered primary languages.
  • Then, I sorted them by their ages to determine the most appropriate age groups.
  • However, I’m actually glad that I discovered them, because they’re fascinating.

Infernal- Telugu

Abyssal – Tamil

Gnoll- Kannada

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