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The Yautja language is a complex verbal and written language used by the Yautja. The Yautja language contains many peculiarities, such as a rare object-verb-subject (OVS) word order.

Known Yautja Words

The following is a list of known Yautja words and their (rough) English translation.

Singular words

  • agaj'ya — realm
  • amedha — meat[1]
  • 'awu'asa — armor[2]
  • bhu'ja — ghost/soul/spirit
  • bpi-de — end
  • ch'hkt-a — excited/nervous/agitated[3]
  • dhi'ki — unconsciousness[4]
  • dhi'ki-de — death[5]
  • dhi'rauta — cunning
  • dto — forest/jungle/woodland
  • gahn'tha-cte — ruthless
  • gkei'moun — easy/simple[6]
  • guan — night
  • h'chak — mercy/merciful
  • h'dlak — fear
  • h'dui'se — smell/sent/odor/musk
  • h'ulij-bpe — crazy[7]
  • hult'ah — spotter/lookout[8]
  • halkrath — shadow
  • ikthya-de — umbra
  • jehdin — spar[9]
  • ju'dha — water
  • kiande — hard[1]
  • kehrite — training room/dojo[10]
  • ki'cte — enough[11]/quickly[12]
  • kjuhte — void
  • kwei — sly
  • l'ulij-bpe — mad
  • lar'ja — dark
  • luar-ke — moon
  • m-di — no
  • m-di mar'ct — no killing
  • m-di h'chak — no mercy
  • m-di h'dlak — no fear
  • mi — fuel[13]
  • n'ithya — ground/dirt/earth/land
  • nanku — alive[14]
  • nok — unit of measurement (equivalent to around 13 inches)
  • nracha-dte — relentless
  • ooman — human[15]
  • pyode — soft[15]
  • r'kaXenomorph
  • s'yuit-de — pathetic
  • setg'in — deadly
  • tarei'hsan — scorpion[16]
  • te'dqi — secretion
  • than-guan — midnight
  • thar'n-dha — strength
  • thei-de — death[17]/dead[18]
  • thwei — blood[19]
  • ui'stbi — abomination
  • vayuh'ta — air
  • yeyin — brave
  • yin'tekai — honor
  • z'skuy-de — convulsions/spasm
  • zabin — insect

Phrases

  • dtai'k-dte sa-de nav'g-kon dtain'aun bpide/Nau'gkon dtain'aun bpi-de — the fight that begun would not end until the end
  • gkaun-yte — hello
  • gkei'moun — sheet
  • jkiu — sheet
  • ki'sei — I agree/I understand
  • n'dhi-ja — farewell/goodbye
  • n'jauka — welcome
  • na'tauk — salute
  • payas leitjin-de Hma'mi'de — remember the gods' practice
  • sei-i — yes/affirmative
  • thar'n-da s' yin'tekai — strength and honor
  • thin-de le'hsaun 'aloun'myin-de s' bpi-de gka-de hou-depaya — learn the gift of all sights or finish the dance of the fallen gods
  • non-co --- life

Actions and events

  • chi'ytei — embrace/hug
  • chiva — trial
  • dha-viath — disaster
  • dtai'kai'-dteHunt[20]
  • gry'sui-bpe — stampede
  • ikthala — cataclysm
  • ka'Torag-na — lurking
  • kv'var — Hunt
  • n'ritja — dance

Objects

  • d'lex — strong, metallic, crystalline Yautja material
  • dekna — eye/eyes/eyeball
  • gkinmara — sensors/detector/camera[21]
  • ki'cti-paWristblades[5]
  • kiloun — wood
  • syra'yte — head
  • th'syra — skull
  • tjau'ke — rock made of compressed dust
  • tyioe-ti — escape pod

Weapons

People definitions

  • jehdin — individual/one
  • mei'hswei — brother
  • mei-jadhi — sister
  • hulij-bpe — crazy
  • hult'ah — observer/watcher
  • vor'mektaStalker
  • kv'var-de — hunter
  • ic'jitBad Blood
  • sain'ja — warrior
  • p'kya'uha — sniper
  • nrak'ytara — guardian
  • n'yaka-de — master
  • mar'cte — killer
  • kujhade — destroyer
  • u'darahje — abomination
  • kha'bj-te — maniac/reckless
  • dteinou — messenger

Names

  • Bakuub — Straight Spear
  • Cetanu — The Black Hunter (Yautja god of death)
  • Dachande — Different Knife[1]
  • Dahdtoudi — Little Knife
  • Guan-thwei — Nightblood
  • Paya — God/Warrior
  • Yeyinde — Brave One[1]

Expressions

  • c'nlip — intoxicating Yautja beverage[22]
  • cjit — shit[23]
  • dai-shui — Yautja musk
  • dhi'ki-de — The Long Sleep (Death)/Unconscious/Coma
  • h'ko (M-di) — so/segative
  • ka'rik'na — the summoning (of other Yautja)
  • kiande amedha — Hard Meat (Xenomorphs)
  • lou-dte kale — child-maker (female)[21]
  • mesh'in'ga — The Battle Dreamtime
  • n'dui'se — Yautja scent
  • nain-de — type of Hunt
  • nain-desintje-de — pure win (absolute victory)[24]
  • Nan-deThan-gaun — "The Kiss of Midnight"/no mercy[25]
  • pyode amedha — Soft Meat (humans)
  • tarei hsan — unworthy opponent/bug
  • tjau'ke — compressed dust
  • u'sl-kwe — final rest (death)
  • z'skvy-de — birth of Xenomorph from host (Chestburster)
  • zazin — completely centred/within oneself

Body Language

As well as their spoken language, the Yautja also have range of identifiable body language that is used to portray emotion.

  • Back arched and mandibles flared — rage
  • Head and eyes lowered — submission
  • Head cocked to one side — curiosity
  • Lower mandibles flared — aggression
  • Push with one hand at another's shoulder — challenge
  • Placing one hand on another's shoulder, and shaking — greeting
  • Mandibles click together — regard
  • Mandibles flared — anger
  • Arm raised up diagonally — guarded
  • Head bowed — mourning/grief
  • Mandibles spread, eyes wide — fear
  • Rapid mandible clicking — deep amusement/laughing

Trivia

  • The Yautja language has never been heard on screen in the Predator or Alien vs. Predator films; aside from seemingly meaningless clicks and screeches, the only times Predators have spoken is by using Vocal Mimicry, often to mock or taunt prey. Their language is predominantly a feature of the Alien vs. Predator novels, for which it was created by author Steve Perry.
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The "Decryption Code".

  • The Yautja language was featured in a "Decryption Codes" released as part of the #HuntthePredator promotion for the 3D re-release of Predator.
  • In reality, the chances of the Yautja alphabet exactly aligning with the English alphabet (i.e. featuring exactly 26 symbols with each one corresponding to a letter in the English alphabet) are practically infinitesimal. Even on Earth, many alphabets used by mankind do not align. For example, the Cyrillic alphabet does not directly correspond with the Latin alphabet, while the Chinese language uses a non-alphabetic script, with an alphabet only for supplementary use. It would be almost inconceivable for an extraterrestrial race to use a language that could be so easily and directly translated into English.
  • In the comic Aliens vs. Predator: Three World War, it is indicated that the Predators also possess a sign language type of communication that can be taught to humans.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 3 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  2. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 40 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  3. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 61 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  4. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 76 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 162 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  6. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 6 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  7. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 93 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  8. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 137 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  9. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 10 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  10. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 8 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  11. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 11 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  12. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 72 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  13. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 75 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  14. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 153 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 4 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  16. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 25 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  17. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 14 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  18. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 101 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  19. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 33 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  20. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 128 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 23 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  22. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 34 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  23. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 73 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  24. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 16 (1994), Bantam Spectra.
  25. Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 15 (1994), Bantam Spectra.