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The Tongues AddOn

From Skrull "A while ago I started using Lore. As I started working with it, I started to see some of the limitations. I decided to re-write my own version of it, and try to remove some of those limitations. Currently, Tongues doesn't do localization. In a conversation with Rufftran I learned that he may be retiring Lore since Tongues is doing well. I still need to talk to him about merging projects."

  • NOTE: Please PM non English translations of Languages and/or pet names to Aurorablade thankyou REMEMBER TO ALWAYS BACKUP YOUR CUSTOM FOLDER!

What it does:

  • It allows languages, dialects, affects on outgoing messages.
  • It allows filters on incoming and outgoing messages.
  • It has Lore-style Interpreters.
  • It provides the ability to Mass Translate for: targetted player, translators (people added to the user's translator list),party,guild, raid, officer, battleground, raid warning/alert.
  • Auto-translation of other Tongues users' say, yell, party, guild, officer, raid, battleground and raid warning/alert messages.
  • Uses Blizzard languages when it can (ie Orcs speaking Gutterspeak will not be understood by Undead unless the listener has Tongues, Undead speaking Gutterspeak will be understood if both they listener have Tongues.)
  • Provide a quick select for picking which language to speak. (So you don't have to open up the menu every time.)
  • Automatic Language learning (different languages have different difficulties for difficult factions, races, and classes.)
  • Allows you to speak for controlable pets with /petspeak or /ps

What it doesn't do:

  • It won't ever translate cross-faction.

Why not? Aside from the EULA, which prohibits this,the other reason for this is because of the method that Blizzard uses to generate its languages. For instance, a Human speaking Common being heard by the Horde may see a word like "hir" this could mean "the" or it could be "toc" - table of contents - it depends on the context, which you don't know because all the words are encrypted. The algorithm to figure this out would have to be extraordinarily complex.

  • It won't ever translate languages from or to users not using this AddOn.

What it will do:

  • Provide an option for dynamic Dialect drifting.
  • Miscellanious code streamlining.

List of Commands

  • /tongues
  • /tongues <language>
    • Swap to a new language
  • /tongues opt

open options window

  • /dialect
    • swap dialects
  • /ps <what to say>
  • allows petspeech

LibDataBroker Support

If you have a libdatabroker compatible display addon it will make a display that will mimic the minimenu or 'big red button".

  • Left Click to cycle languages
  • Right Click to open options
  • Alt - left click to open menu of languages you know

List of Languages

Sub languages are alias of a language who use the same word set to a point, these names can be used when adding a language

  • Common
  • Orcish
  • Troll
    • Sub Languages: Zandali,Amani,Gurubashi,Drakkari,
  • Dwarvish
  • Gnomish
  • Darnassian
  • Forsaken
    • Sub Languages: Gutterspeak
  • Taurahe
  • Draenei
  • Thalassian
    • Sub Language: Sindassi
  • Wolf
    • Sub Languages: Hyena,Core Hound
  • Bear
  • Bat
    • Sub Languages: Sporebat
  • Boar
  • Serpent
    • SubLanguages: Nether (used for warpstalkers), Raptor, Chimaera,Crocolisk,Devilsaur
  • Ursine
  • Cat
  • Seal
  • Bird
  • Ravenspeech
  • Moonkin
  • Trentish
    • Sub Languages: Turtle (it worked in my head)
  • Dark Iron
  • Kalimag (language of elementals)
    • Sub: Elemental
  • Demonic
    • Sub Languages: Eredun
  • Titan
  • Draconic
  • Nerubian
    • Sub Languages: Qiraji,Silithid,Wasp,Ravager,Scorpid,Spider
  • Nerglish (MURLOC SPEECH!)
  • Nazja (Naga Language)
  • Undead (a take on zombie language)
  • Pandaran
  • Gilnean-CodeSpeak (Cockny rhyme gibberish)
    • Sub Gilnean
  • Stag
  • Orca

How to add a language

Go into your options, click the understand tab. Enter language to learn in the box Hit enter Adjust the slider to desired fluancy Hit Set

You can change your fluancy later (if passive learning isn't doing it for you) in the same method.

How to remove a language

  • To remove one language: In the understand tab: Enter your language to remove into the box, Click Clear
  • To remove All Languages: in the understand tab: Click clear

Click list at any to see the languages you know and thier fluencys.

Known Bugs:

  • None known at this time.

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  • Avatar of kauqilla kauqilla Oct 27, 2012 at 03:56 UTC - 0 likes

    I think I found a bug regarding Pandaren(female if that might affect it) and speaking Cat. it puts the pandaren dialect/language on top of cat so that no one ,not even myself, can translate it

  • Avatar of Tzuul Tzuul Feb 07, 2012 at 22:47 UTC - 0 likes

    Hi there!

    First of all, thank you for making one of the most used and enjoyable RP addons. :)

    I have a suggestion or two, as well as a question.

    Question first: I tried to custom language maker, but I prefer to just manually use it. However, it seems the languages I made in the past have broken. Whenever I turn them on, I can press enter as many times as I want.. it won't send. Am I doing something wrong?

    Suggestion: Wouldn't it be possible, to also have one speak for NPC's who one selected, or vanity pets? Have hunterpets or vanity pets emote options? I know it would definately help a couple of hunters, warlocks etc I know out, including myself.

    Suggestion: It may not be the most popular in the voting system, but it would be -really- handy to have that OOC bit, like {this} or (this) to indicate flavortext to be ignored if possible, in Tongues 2.


    ~ Tzuul

  • Avatar of stormshadow7753 stormshadow7753 Jul 11, 2011 at 22:21 UTC - 0 likes

    Are you planning to update Tongues for 4.2 or are you just concentrating on releasing Tongues 2 at this point? I only ask because translations have been lagging to the point that the addon is nearly unusable since Cata dropped, and I'm curious whether y'all have any plans to address the apparent communications problem in the near future. (Yes, I am using 1.2.1e, as are all my friends).

    Thank you all for providing such a wonderful, useful RP addon, and I've got my fingers crossed for an update or the release of Tongues 2 soon!

  • Avatar of CurseLovar CurseLovar May 26, 2011 at 03:51 UTC - 0 likes

    Apprently i was using this AddOn and it wont Show me What im typing in say whisper party chat and Guild Chat....Please tell me Problem

  • Avatar of Warlocc666 Warlocc666 Aug 27, 2010 at 08:50 UTC - 0 likes

    Does Tongues have a dependency on othe AddOns, such as Ace? I keep getting Lua errors looking for AceComm-3.0. I don't have Ace or anything Ace related installed.

  • Avatar of Csperling Csperling Mar 13, 2010 at 20:45 UTC - 0 likes

    It is a great addon for sure and definitely one I would like to use more.

    However I cannot get it to use languages in anything but the /say channel, which is somewhat of a problem for me. I cannot find any settings to choose which channels it is supposed to use a language in.

  • Avatar of baslack baslack Feb 21, 2010 at 13:40 UTC - 0 likes

    Not sure if this is the place for a feature suggestion, but I'd like to see the ability to apply dialect by language. Right now, if you set a dialect it applies to all of your languages, so a native speaker of draenei persay speaks draenei with the v/w substitution instead of clearly, as it would actually be.

  • Avatar of dovewing dovewing Nov 23, 2009 at 23:33 UTC - 0 likes

    I love this addon. Please keep it going! Lore has pretty much died off, and the old forum site for it is unable to be reached. ;_; I have this friend that works on his own version of Lore, not sure how he managed to do it, but he has his own custom languages for Tongues as well. I might send him yalls way if he is interested in doing more indepth code work.

  • Avatar of Vianei Vianei Mar 20, 2009 at 21:11 UTC - 0 likes

    this is the coolest Addon to druids EVER!!

  • Avatar of hockey1052 hockey1052 Feb 01, 2009 at 08:17 UTC - 0 likes

    Can someone post a list of all the custom languages? I mean demonic eredun but what else? I'm looking for a vampyric but there isn't one. Anything close?


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Date created
Mar 13, 2008
Last update
Aug 11, 2016
Development stage
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GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
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