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Gerudo glyphs

The Gerudo alphabet

The Language of the Gerudo is a language in the The Legend of Zelda series. The Gerudo Language has its own typography, consisting of twenty-six letters, two numerals (1 and 5) and four forms of punctuation. It was confirmed in the Hyrule Historia and first appears in Ocarina of Time then in Twilight Princess, where it differs from that of the Hylian Language with more elongated characters. In Breath of the Wild, it is both written and spoken by the Gerudo.

Appearances

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

The Gerudo glyphs can be viewed at both the Gerudo's Training Ground and in its entirety on a stone tablet within the Spirit Temple. In the 3D remake of the game it can also be found up a stairway in Ganon's Castle.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Small pieces of writing can be read at the Arbiter’s Grounds.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Gerudo language inscription can be read throughout the Gerudo province. In addition to the glyphs, it is also spoken by the Gerudo, although most of the time they speak to other races in the Hylian Language commonly used throughout Hyrule though some Gerudo have trouble with the Hylian Language presumably due to the Gerudo Language being their first language. Gerudo children are apparently taught both Gerudo and Hylian as proper communication is important in business and finding a mate as well as allowing them to communicate with Hylian relatives such as fathers, any non-Gerudo half-siblings, and paternal relatives. During certain conversations in Breath of the Wild, Link may select Gerudo words as responses. Travelers in the Gerudo province attempt to use common phrases, often with mixed results. The Great Fairy Tera has also apparently learned the language as a result of her Great Fairy Fountain being located under the Gerudo Great Skeleton in the southern portion of Gerudo Desert presumably due to contact with Gerudo visitors to her fountain in the past.

Vocabulary

Gerudo English
"Sarqso" "Thank You"
"Sav'otta" "Good morning"
"Sav'aaq" "Good day"
"Sav'orq" "A farewell"
"Sav'orr" "Good Night"
"Sav'saaba" "Good Evening"
"Vasaaq" "A greeting"
"Vaba" "Grandmother"
"Vai" "Woman"
"Voe" "Man"
"Vure" "Bird"
"Vehvi" "Child"
"Sa'oten" "Good heavens"