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The Dragon Language, properly known as Thu'um, is the means by which dragons, and in fact the Dragonborn, use to breathe fire and frost attacks towards enemies. The player actually learns the language in order to gain the ability to do "shouts". One learns these abilities by raiding dungeons across Skyrim and learning new words that are carved into the walls. There are 24 shouts (of what we know), comprised of one, two or three words, as one continues to learn the language with the help of the Graybeards atop High Hrothgar. The player gains the words and shouts by reading them mystically off curved carved walls in dungeons and certain above-ground sites. Barrows are often found to have Thu'um walls.

Dragon Alphabet[ | ]

The Dragon alphabet consists of 34 distinct runic symbols. While most have direct English-letter equivalents, some represent sounds English uses two letter to represent, such as "th" and "ch". Full Shouts are mastered with the discovery and activation (by spending stored Dragon Souls from slain Dragon foes) of three-word phrases. The complete alphabet is as follows:

Common Words[ | ]

With a passing familiarity of the alphabet, you can now learn the following common words, which are listed in Dragon first, and then their English equivalent.

Dragon Word English Word Rune(s)
Aak Guide
Aal May (as in "May his soul")
Aan a/an
Aar Servant
Aav Join
Aaz Mercy
Ag Burn
Ah Hunter Hunter rune
Ahmik Service
Ahmul Husband
Ahkrin Courage
Ahrk And
Ahst At
Ahzid Bitter
Al Destroyer
Alok Arise
Alun Ever
Aus Suffer Suffer rune
Bah Wrath Wrath rune
Bahlok Hunger Hunger rune
Bein Foul
Beyn Scorn
Bodiis Borrow
Bonaar Humble
Bormah Father
Bovul Flee
Boziik Bold(ly)
Brendon Specter
Brii Beauty Beauty rune
Briinah Sister Sister rune
Brit Beautiful
Brod Clan
Brom North
Bron Nord
Bruniik Savage
Dah Push Push rune
Dahmaan Remember
Daal Return Return rune
Daar This/These This rune
Denek Soil
Dez Fate
Diin Freeze Freeze rune
Diiv Wyrm Wyrm rune
Diivon Swallow
Dir Die
Dinok Death
Dilon Dead
Do Of/About
Dok Hound
Dov Dragon, Dragonkind (referring to the race of dragons)
Dovah Dragon
Dovahgolz Dragonstone
Dovahkiin Dragonborn
Draal Pray
Dreh Do/Does
Drem Peace Peace rune
Drey Did ("drey kod" - "did wield")
Drog Lord
Drun Bring
Du Devour
Dukaan Dishonor
Dun Grace Grace rune
Dur Curse Curse rune
Dwiin Steel
Dwiirok Carve
Faas Fear Fear rune
Feim Fade Fade rune
Frul Temporary Temporary rune
Fus Force Force rune
Gaan Stamina Stamina rune
Gaar Unleash Unleash rune
Gol Earth Earth rune
Grah Battle Battle rune
Gron Bind Bind rune
Gut Far Far rune
Haal Hand Hand rune
Haas Health Health rune
Hah Mind Mind rune
Hun Hero Hero rune
Iiz Ice Ice rune
Joor Mortal Mortal rune
Kaal Champion Champion rune
Kaan Kyne Kyne rune
Kest Tempest Tempest rune
Klo Sand Sand rune
Konahrik Warlord DragonLanguage Kohnarik
Koor Summer Summer rune
Krah Cold Cold rune
Krii Kill Kill rune
Krosis Sorrow DragonLanguage Krosis
Laas Life Life rune
Lah Magicka Magicka rune
Lok Sky Sky rune
Lun Leech Leech rune
Maar Terror Terror rune
Mey Fool Fool rune
Mid Loyal Loyal rune
Mir Allegiance Allegiance rune
Mul Strength Strength rune
Nah Fury Fury rune
Neh Never Never rune
Nir Hunt Hunt rune
Nos Strike Strike rune
Nus Statue Statue rune
Od Snow Snow rune
Ov Trust Trust rune
Qah Armor Armor rune
Qo Lightning Lightning rune
Raan Animal Animal rune
Rii Essence Essence rune
Ro Balance Balance rune
Ru Run Run rune
Shaan Inspire Inspire rune
Shol Sun Sun rune
Slen Flesh Flesh rune
Strun Storm Storm rune
Su Air Air rune
Tah Pack Pack rune
Tiid Time Time rune
Toor Inferno Inferno rune
Ul Eternity Eternity rune
Vaaz Tear Tear rune
Vah Spring Spring rune
Ven Wind Wind rune
Viik Defeat Defeat rune
Viir Dying Dying rune
Viing Wing Wing rune
Vur Valor Valor rune
Wuld Whirlwind Whirlwind rune
Yah Seek Seek rune
Yol Fire Fire rune
Zah Finite Finite rune
Zii Spirit Spirit rune
Zol Zombie Zombie rune
Zoor Legend Legend rune
Zul Voice Voice rune
Zun Weapon Weapon rune

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