A language is a lexicon of words that various characters use to speak to each other and communicate. In World of Warcraft, most races have a unique language they speak that only they can understand. Each faction shares a common language of the dominant race (Orcish for Horde and Common for Alliance).
It should be noted that traditionally (in the RTS games and the pen & paper RPG) almost all intelligent races speak Common. The ability for player characters to learn additional languages was planned early in World of Warcraft but was not developed, likely due to the tendency of cross-faction communication to be insulting and profane. It seems unlikely that this functionality will ever be added. The Forsaken were originally able to speak Common and thus communicate with Alliance players, but this was removed with the introduction of Gutterspeak due to, once again, the tendency of cross-faction communication to be insulting and profane.
Horde languages Edit
|Orcs||Orc or Orcish||Common, Runic|
Other known languages Edit
Generally, 'less' civilized races (kobolds, etc.) speak Low Common.
|Lesser Races||Low Common||None|
|Gnolls||Low Common, Gnoll||Pictoforms|
|Giants||Giant, Titan, Kalimag||Unknown|
|Krenka Clan Centaur||Krenkese||Unknown|
Changing your chat language Edit
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The language your character speaks, for those with more than one, can be changed by going into the chat menu. Click on the "Chat Bubble" on the chat box tool bar, then highlight "Language" with the cursor. A list of which languages you know will appear. From there, you can click one to choose which language you prefer to speak.
It may be worth mentioning that when you change your language, it only affects say, yell, guild, and party chat. General and whispers will be unaffected. Also, it tends to irritate your guild when you speak your "native" language.
As of Patch 2.0, it seems the scripting ability to speak other languages has been modified to check whether the character can normally speak that language.
As with many other features of the Warcraft setting, many of the languages are derived from early fantasy or the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game — not in the sense of the actual languages, but in what kinds of languages are present in a given world. This connection is mostly obvious from the shared culture and parallels or outright duplication of language names, primarily on the outer reaches of Warcraft lore that appear in the Warcraft RPG — which started out as an offshoot of Dungeons and Dragons.
- Language names that are the same or re-used from D&D in Warcraft
|Races and their languages|
|Thalassian||Gutterspeak||Orc or Orcish||Taur-ahe||Zandali|
|Demonic or Eredun||Draconic||Kalimag: (Ignan, Aquan, Terran, Auran)||Ursine||Goblin||Thalassian||Nazja||Nerubian||Nerglish||Titan||Tuskarr||Vrykul||Worgen|