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* ''Film/IDreamInAnotherLanguage'': Although there are a handful of characters who speak Zikril, they are reluctant to directly tell Martín what any of the words mean. [[spoiler: Though toward the end of the movie, he does manage to learn "upive," the word for “friend”]]. One of the movie’s central ideas is that because many dying languages don’t operate on the same ideological principles as modern languages, they can never be fully understood by people who weren’t born into those cultures.


* Latin is similarly an interesting partial case. We can read and write it, but nobody has any clue how the words were actually pronounced. While people can "speak" it, the pronunciations are all assumptions based on how said words would be pronounced based on the rules of current languages so nobody has any clue which words, if any, are being pronounced ''properly''. For all we know we could be saying the equivalent of "Ow re-vore, mon sewer."

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* Latin is similarly an interesting partial case. We can read Latin, in a way: it lives on as Spanish, Portuguese, French and write it, but nobody has any clue how the words were actually pronounced. While people can "speak" it, the pronunciations are all assumptions based on how said words would be pronounced based on the rules of current languages so nobody has any clue which words, if any, are being pronounced ''properly''. For all we know we could be saying the equivalent of "Ow re-vore, mon sewer."other Romance languages, spoken by about a billion people.

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* Except for a dozen iffily transliterated words in the Gospels, we have no idea what the native Aramaic of Jesus and the Apostles was like. ("Aramaic" isn't a single language, but a family of languages that differed greatly by region and by era. The Aramaic documents that have survived are extremely different from the version spoken in 1st-century Judaea.)

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* Literature/TheBrightestShadow: Many ruins around the world are covered in writing that doesn't match any modern language. Worse, most of them aren't even using similar alphabets.


* In ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', the Atlanteans are still able to speak their language, but have lost the knowledge to read it.

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* In ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', ''WesternAnimation/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', the Atlanteans are still able to speak their language, but have lost the knowledge to read it.

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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khitan_scripts Khitan scripts]] are likewise not deciphered beyond a few isolated words, mostly those related to the calendar.

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* Latin is similarly an interesting partial case. We can read and write it, but nobody has any clue how the words were actually pronounced. While people can "speak" it, the pronunciations are all assumptions based on how said words would be pronounced based on the rules of current languages so nobody has any clue which words, if any, are being pronounced ''properly''. For all we know we could be saying the equivalent of "Ow re-vore, mon sewer."


->''A language based on guesswork? [[DeadpanSnarker Thanks, old dead people, you're officially the worst.]]''

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->''A language based on guesswork? [[DeadpanSnarker Thanks, old dead people, you're officially the worst.]]''''


* By the end of ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'', [[spoiler: the DarkSpeech language of the Sith is implied to have become this, with the last remaining Sith and Sith-cultists dying on Exagol and with language-proficient droids such as [=C-3PO=] being expressly forbidden to translate it.]]

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* By the end of ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'', [[spoiler: the DarkSpeech BlackSpeech language of the Sith is implied to have become this, with the last remaining Sith and Sith-cultists dying on Exagol and with language-proficient droids such as [=C-3PO=] being expressly forbidden to translate it.]]

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* By the end of ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'', [[spoiler: the DarkSpeech language of the Sith is implied to have become this, with the last remaining Sith and Sith-cultists dying on Exagol and with language-proficient droids such as [=C-3PO=] being expressly forbidden to translate it.]]


* Apart from isolated words, the few texts in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etruscan_language Etruscan language]] cannot be understood.

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* Apart from isolated words, the few texts in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etruscan_language Etruscan language]] cannot be understood. The Romans actually wrote a Latin-Etruscan dictionary back in the day, but this text is lost.


* Ancient Egyptian remains a partial example. Since the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, we now know what the words mean, but we aren't entirely sure how the ancients would have pronounced them.

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* Ancient Egyptian remains a partial example. Since the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, we now know what the words mean, but we aren't entirely sure how the ancients would have pronounced them. Just for one thing, the hieroglyphic writing system didn't represent vowels at all--we only know what ''consonants'' Egyptian words included.
* Like their cousin Egyptian, several ancient Semitic languages were written in scripts that don't tell us what vowels their words included.


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* The modern Romance languages include Spanish, French, Italian, etc. ... but at one time Romance languages were ''also'' spoken throughout central Europe, the Balkans, and north Africa. Various invasions and migrations replaced them, though, leaving virtually no written records behind.


->''A language based on guesswork? Thanks, old dead people, you're officially the worst.''

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->''A language based on guesswork? [[DeadpanSnarker Thanks, old dead people, you're officially the worst.'']]''

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* In ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', the Atlanteans are still able to speak their language, but have lost the knowledge to read it.
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* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarPS4'': The World Serpent speaks a language that no one else in the game speaks except Mimir, the wisest man alive. Mimir says the language has become a lost language because everyone else who speaks the language has been systematically murdered by Odin and his sons.

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* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarPS4'': The World Serpent speaks a language that no one else in the game speaks except Mimir, the wisest man alive. Mimir says the language has become a lost language because everyone else who speaks the language has been systematically murdered by Odin and his sons.

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