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Offline DFJunkie

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Good Sources for Magical Gibberish
« on: May 07, 2012, 02:40:00 PM »
Do you have any to share?  I have used http://www.wordreference.com/ but it’s really only good for languages that use the Latin alphabet, I’ve had trouble finding sources for phonetic Russian (it sounds appropriately rough without being as cognate heavy as German) on the net. 

My other source, for my nerdy apprentice, is pop culture, mostly video games.  It may be too silly for some tables, but there is a generational group that has very definite ideas about what “Hadouken!” means. 
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Re: Good Sources for Magical Gibberish
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2012, 03:20:42 PM »
My wizard casts spells in Creole, I found a couple of halfway decent sites on the internet for Louisiana Creole (I don't have the links handy, I'll find them and post them) but i regularly default to Google Translate's Haitian Creole translator and then say it with a faux southern accent.  It is not exact but it works for our game, anyway Google Translate has a lot of languages represented.

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Re: Good Sources for Magical Gibberish
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2012, 04:10:12 PM »
It requires a bit of work, but I made a mini-Conlang for my wizard. After all you won't need to make more than fifty words or so to say stuff like "Water attack" or "Force wall" and really anything else you can do with evocation. If you lack a word for something, just make it up.

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Re: Good Sources for Magical Gibberish
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2012, 05:25:52 PM »
I find this is one of the best uses of the Google translator. Put something like "force wall" into it, translate it back and forth a couple times, and use the result.
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Re: Good Sources for Magical Gibberish
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2012, 07:16:32 PM »
Ditto Mr. Death's comment
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Re: Good Sources for Magical Gibberish
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2012, 07:18:03 PM »
Like I said, that works fine for languages that use a Latin alphabet, but I really don't know where to start with this: это не имеет смысла
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Re: Good Sources for Magical Gibberish
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2012, 07:21:35 PM »
You need a transliteration site for the alphabet you're using.

Cyrillic I use http://translit.cc/
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