Simlish – Language of the Sims

February 13, 2012, by A. U. Crawford

the SimsWhen you think of languages, they tend to fall into various categories. One class that I often wonder about is Gibberish. The language of the Sim’s, or Simlish, is a Gibberish (nonsense language) created by The Sims development team at EA Games for the Sims series of games.

It’s meant to sound like a real language while not actually being one. Here’s an example of some Simlish:

Will Wright, creator of The Sims, knew that the game needed dialogue, but thought that using real life languages such as English would cause the dialogue to be repetitive and would be expensive translating the entire dialog Sims may say.*

The language is present in all versions of the Sim’s including Simcity and Spore. Composed with sounds taken from several sources including Ukrainian, French, Latin, Finnish, English, Fijian and Tagalog, but ultimately it was hacked together by the voice talents of Stephen Kearin and Gerri Lawlor.

There is even music with Simlish lyrics. Many music groups  such as The Black Eyed Peas, Anthrax, and The Pussycat Dolls have re-recorded their hits in Simlish for inclusion in the game.

For more in-depth information on this language check out the Sims Wiki, and their are more than a couple of Similsh Dictionaries available online. Just remember that Simlish cannot be translated as it is not a real language. It is meant to mimic human speech while using body language to infer meaning by the characters. In this way it is not much different then Lorem Ipsum.

*source: Sims Wiki

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