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How to Speak Pig Latin


Speaking Pig Latin is a wide-spread entertainment among the children of all ages. Usually this funny language is use to make all the conversations secret. However the adults also may use pig Latin to discuss some topics that are not intended to be heard by the children though it may sound rather surprising. Besides that Pig Latin may also be used by the English-speaking tourists in the case the native dwellers of the country that they are visiting currently also may understand the English speech.

Pig Latin has imposed the significant influence on the English language. The words encoded in Pig Latin have become the part of the wide-spread spoken English.



To master the Pig Latin you need to decide which dialect of it you would like to speak. As any other real natural languages Pig Latin presupposes the existence of various dialects. However in the case of Pig Latin these dialects are just the various methods of encoding the traditional words. You may either pick up several dialects at one time or choose one of them to the detailed studying.

  • The traditional variant of Pig Latin doesn't have anything in common with the really existing Latin language. The "translation" to Pig Latin looks the following way in the most part of the cases. In the case the English word has one or several consonant sounds in its beginning these consonant sounds are transferred into the end of the word and followed by the ending "ay". This ending consisting of the two letters doesn't carry and meaning and just used to make the words sound funnier. For example the word "letter" will look like "etterlay" transcribed in Pig Latin. If the word starts with the vowel sound all you need to do is just to add the nonsense "ay" ending. Example: "ash" will look like "ashay". In the traditional Pig Latin the mute "e" shouldn't be omitted. In that way "apple" will look like "appleay".
  • The simple variant of Pig Latin allows to omit the mute "e" before the ending "ay". Consider the word "apple". It will be transcribed as "applay" in the simplified variant of Pig Latin.
  • The main difference between the dialect of the Pig Latin consists in the variety of the ways to transform the words which initial sounds are the vowel ones.
  • You may use the dialect that presupposes the transition of only the noisy consonants to the end of the words. In the case the word contains the sonorous consonants they are left in their original place. "Street" turns into "reetsay".

Get more practice

In general it is easier to write using Pig Latin than speaking it. However after some practice you may master the spoken Pig Latin as well.


  • Don't transfer the vowel to the end of the word otherwise that will be impossible to recognize it.
  • Don't use Pig Latin to encode some top secret or really important data. In fact Pig Latin can be comprehended by many people.
  • Don't speak Pig Latin if the other people don't understand it. That is pretty rude.



There isn't any official standard set rules for Pig Latin. Practically any language that presupposes consonant sounds transition and "ay" ending usage may be called the sub-type of Pig Latin. The principles of Pig Latin may be applied to almost any natural language though the ending may vary. There also exist a lot of other "secret languages" and sometimes the name "Pig Latin" is used to denote any of them.

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