A community for the dragon language of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

A community for the dragon language of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Question Board

July 1, 2019

Overall words

So, how do I actually speak dragon? I’ve been digging for hours and what I’ve found doesn’t help. I know how to use dragon symbols, however, I don’t understand how you can look at an English sentence, say “dragon born devourer of souls” or whatever and then understand how to say it in dragon. As an example, dovahkiin is Dragonborn. But how do I know that? Saying it like you’d spell it in dragon doesn’t give me the word dovahkiin, so I am confused as to how you actually translate the words from English to dragon tongue. 

Category: General


July 1, 2019

Like any two different languages, you have to understand the MEANING of the first language, then translate that into the second language. Both languages may or may not have similar concepts -- most modern languages do, but we only have a relatively small amount of Dovahzul words and concepts given by in-game and approved resources (like the Prima strategy guide of the game), so you have to know some amount of Dovahzul vocabulary and sayings to be able to translate.

The steps you have to take are this:

1. What are the words in the original language sentence? You can use the word translator for this purpose.

2. For those words you can't immediately find the translations to, what words in Dovahzul can be used to say the same thing?

Keep in mind that not a lot of people have been regularly translating Dovahzul into English (the primary language of use - translating into other Western languages have similar steps). It's okay to ask questions (like in this Question Board). 

There aren't any in-depth resources for translating Dovahzul, besides this site and my Dovahzul blog ( - check my blog posts from the beginning to get some tips -- unfortunately I don't have good organized learning materials YET)


TL;DR - Use translator when you can. For unknown words/concepts, just ask in the Question Board or try to rephrase and try again. Of course, accepting help is always better than going it alone...