How to Speak Pig LatinWritten by Lillian Tram on August 16th, 2014
You may think that Pig Latin is an actual language but in truth, this is just a fun game to play with the English language. No one is sure where Pig Latin even originated from, the earliest mention is known to have occurred in 1869. It is even believed that Thomas Jefferson used Pig Latin letters to his friends. Originally, Pig Latin was likely dreamed up by juveniles who wished to converse in a special code not everyone could understand.
Do you know how to speak Pig Latin?
So, how does one learn Pig Latin? Pig Latin is the easiest second language you will ever learn. However, claiming to be bilingual after learning Pig Latin won’t earn you any brownie points with your boss or get you a raise – unless you happen to have a really, really fun job.
Easy Steps to Speaking Pig Latin
To learn to art of Pig Latin, words that begin with consonants must be properly spoken. Basically, you will make Pig Latin words from those which begin with a consonant or consonant cluster by moving the consonant(s) from the beginning of the word to the end. Then, all you have to do is add the suffix of “-ay” to the word’s end.
This creates single consonant words like ello-hay for hello, uck-day for duck, and “Pig Latin” becomes Ig-pay Atin-lay. Words with consonant clusters in their beginning will change a little differently. In Pig Latin, the word “switch” becomes itch-sway, “glove” becomes ove-glay, and longer terms such as “fruit smoothie” becomes uit-fray oothie-smay.
If the word starts with a vowel, the approach to Pig Latin fluency is only mildly different. When words begin with vowels, you only need to add “-yay” to the word’s end. Some easy examples include: I-yay for “I”, are-yay for “are”, and as-yay for “as”.
The rules of Pig Latin change only slightly for words with the letter “y” as these can be a little more tricky. If the “y” is at the beginning of a word, treat it like a consonant. Example: “yellow” becomes ellow-yay
The normal rules of Pig Latin will apply if “y” is the second letter in a word with only two letters. Example: “by” becomes y-bay
If “y” is at the end of a consonant cluster, this is treated like a vowel and is not moved to the word’s end. Example: “rhythm” becomes ythm-rhay
Compound words in Pig Latin are the most fun when they are split up, making the conversation more difficult to understand.
Example: “bedroom” changes to ed-bay oom-ray and “toothbrush” becomes ooth-tay ush-bray.
Learning Pig Latin
Learning Pig Latin is only beneficial if there is someone to secretly converse with. Also, learning the rules of Pig Latin and practicing with someone can be a lot of fun! You will be able to carry on top secret conversations!
At first, Pig Latin is a little tricky but the challenge and the practicing can be a lot of fun. The more you practice, the better you will speak Pig Latin. Speak and write notes with your friends in Pig Latin for great practice.
Because Pig Latin is not an actual language but more of a fun hobby, you may come across others who form their words a little differently. It is normal to find variations to this humorous language.
Memorizing a few of your personal favorite phrases will help to speed communication considerably. Example: “What’s up?” becomes At’s-whay up-way?
When conversing in Pig Latin, speak slowly and enunciate your words correctly. Your friends will be more able to understand you, and you won’t have to repeat yourself so much.
Technology and Pig Latin
If you need some help converting English to Pig Latin, or Pig Latin to English, there are numerous apps and websites online to help. Do you learn better by playing games? If so, you are in luck! There are several games online to improve your Pig Latin.