Trolls of all types speak Zandali. Like many languages, Zandali has many accents divided by regions. The Stranglethorn Vale accent is distinct enough that trolls can recognize it with only one word.
It is named after the Zandalari, the progenitor species of all trolls.
- 1 Zandali primer (official translations)
- 1.1 Untranslated Zandali words, phrases and names
- 1.2 Forest troll settlement names
- 1.3 Jungle troll settlement names
- 1.4 Zandalari settlements
- 1.5 Troll capitals
- 2 In the RPG
- 3 Zandali words (speculation)
- 4 Notes
- 5 Speculation
- 6 References
Zandali primer (official translations)
Here are a few common Zandali phrases and words, for which the translations have been officially confirmed by Blizzard, or have actual real world translations:
- Akil = Eagle. Used as a prefix by eagle loa ( & Akil'darah) as well as a Zandalari by the name of (most likely devoted to the aforementioned loa).
- Antu' = Overseer.
- Atal'ai = Devoted Ones.
- Dazdooga = Fire.
- Juju = A fetish, charm, or amulet used by some tribes, or the power associated with a juju.
- Loa = Powerful spirits and deities around which troll religion is centered. Mainly used as the troll word for Wild Gods, but has also been used to refer to non-Wild God beings, such as wisps.
- Mojo = A magic spell, hex, or charm, or (broadly) magic power.
- Rush'kah = A special ceremonial masks used by shadow hunters.
- Rush - Possibly translates to "ceremony" or "ceremonial", thus combined with kah, "ceremony mask" / "ceremonial mask".
- Kah - Possibly translates to "mask", as it's translated to "totem" in a similar manner in the RPG-section down below.
- Voodoo = A person who deals in spells and necromancy.
- Zen = Druid, often a prefix added to a name when they become one.
- Zul' = Voodoo master, often a prefix added to a name when they become one.
Untranslated Zandali words, phrases and names
- Amani - Most powerful forest troll tribe.
- Amani'shi - May be an elite force of the Amani tribe in Zul'Aman.
- - Dire jungle troll (Atal'ai) boss in Temple of Atal'Hakkar.
- Da'kala koraste... - Said by in Throne of Thunder.
- Da'kala di'chuka HORRIDON! Kalimaste! - Said by War-God Jalak in Throne of Thunder.
- - Based on the title of the elemental, the name might translate to "Living ice".
- Gurubashi - The most powerful jungle troll tribe.
- Hakkar - Blood God of the troll pantheon.
- Ikambokem - Quote from the witch doctor in Warcraft III.
- Jin'do - Jungle troll, former leader of the Gurubashi tribe.
- Jin'rokh - Zandalari dire troll in Throne of Thunder.
- - Jungle troll (Darkspear) bow merchant in Orgrimmar.
- Jin'Zallah - (Sandfury) boss in Tanaris.
- Jin'Zil - Jungle troll (Darkspear) witch doctor in Malaka'jin.
- Joratox - Troll saying in Warcraft II (phonetical spelling)
- Kai'jin - Jungle troll (Darkspear) war recruiter in Orgrimmar.
- Mai'jin - Forest troll witch doctor in the Hinterlands.
- Lake Nazferiti - Lake in Northern Stranglethorn.
- Nek'mani - Pool in the Cape of Stranglethorn.
- - Troll in Camp Mojache.
- Rush'kah - special ceremonial masks used by shadow hunters.
- - Jungle troll (Darkspear) priest trainer in Durotar.
- Thresh'jin - Forest troll (Mossflayer) warlord in Zul'Mashar.
- Taz'dingo = Exact definition unknown, used as a exclamation of cheer.(/cheer). Also used a a warcry in Warcraft III and by in Heroes of the Storm.
- Ty'jin - Jungle troll (Darkspear) shadow hunter in Thrallmar.
- - Jungle troll (Darkspear) hero and previous leader of the tribe. The prefix "Vol" is also found in the names of and .
- Vosh'gajin - Forest troll shadow hunter in Blackrock Spire.
- Yayo'jin - Forest troll (Revantusk) vendor in the Hinterlands.
- Yojamba - Island in Northern Stranglethorn, served as the hub for the Zandalari between Patch 1.7.0 and Patch 4.1.0 .
- Mueh'zala - Loa of Death.
- Zanza - Zandalari Loa.
- Samedi - Loa of the Grave (Not to be confused with ).
- Shango - Loa of Storms.
- Zandalar - Island in the South Seas, home of the Zandalari.
- Zul'arek - Forest troll (Witherbark) chieftain in the Hinterlands.
- Zul'Brin - Forest troll (Mossflayer) chieftain in Eastern Plaguelands.
- Zul'Dare - Island south of Lordaeron, presumably former forest troll territory.
- - Jungle troll (Atal'ai) zombie in Temple of Atal'Hakkar.
- Zul'Marosh - Forest troll (Amani) chieftain in Eversong Woods.
- Zul'Serak - Unknown, referenced by .
Forest troll settlement names
- Tor'Watha - Forest troll village in Eversong Woods. Occupied by the Amani tribe.
- Zeb'Watha - Forest troll village in Eversong Woods. Occupied by the Amani.
- Mazra'Alor - Forest troll temple in Eastern Plaguelands. Occupied by the Mossflayer.
- Zul'Mashar - Forest troll city in Eastern Plaguelands. Occupied by the Mossflayer tribe.
- Zeb'Nowa - Forest troll village in Ghostlands. Occupied by the Shadowpine.
- Zeb'Sora - Forest troll village in Ghostlands. Occupied by the Shadowpine tribe.
- Zeb'Tela - Forest troll village in Ghostlands. Occupied by the Shadowpine tribe.
- Agol'watha - Forest troll ruin in the Hinterlands. Occupied by the Vilebranch.
- Jintha'Alor - Forest troll temple city in the Hinterlands. Occupied by the Vilebranch tribe.
- Shaol'watha - Forest troll ruin in the Hinterlands. Occupied by the Vilebranch tribe.
- Hiri'watha - Forest troll ruin in the Hinterlands. Occupied by the Witherbark.
- Shadra'Alor - Forest troll temple in the Hinterlands. Occupied by the Witherbark tribe.
- Zun'watha - Forest troll ruin in the Hinterlands. Occupied by the Witherbark tribe.
Jungle troll settlement names
- Bal'lal - Ancient jungle troll settlement in Northern Stranglethorn. Occupied by the Bloodscalp tribe.
- Tkashi - Ancient jungle troll settlement in Northern Stranglethorn. Occupied by the Bloodscalp tribe.
- Zuuldaia - Ancient jungle troll settlement in Northern Stranglethorn. Occupied by the Bloodscalp tribe.
- Malaka'jin - Jungle troll (Darkspear) village in Stonetalon Mountains.
- - Jungle troll (Darkspear) hero and village in Durotar. Father of .
- Zabra'jin - Jungle troll (Darkspear) village in Zangarmarsh.
- Balia'mah - Ancient jungle troll settlement in Northern Stranglethorn. Occupied by the Skullsplitter tribe.
- Ziata'jai - Ancient jungle troll settlement in Northern Stranglethorn. Occupied by the Skullsplitter tribe.
- Aboraz - Ancient jungle troll settlement in the Cape of Stranglethorn. Occupied by the minions of Zanzil since Patch 4.0.3 .
- Jubuwal - Ancient jungle troll settlement in the Cape of Stranglethorn, next to the Gurubashi Arena.
- Kal'ai - Ancient jungle troll ruins in Northern Stranglethorn. Is occupied by the Murkgill murlocs since Patch 4.1.0 .
- Mizjah - Ancient jungle troll settlement in Northern Stranglethorn. Occupied by Mosh'Ogg ogres since Patch 4.0.3 .
- Shaol'mara - Zandalari outpost on the Isle of Thunder. Overtaken by the Kirin Tor Offensive.
- Za'Tual - Zandalari outpost on the Isle of Thunder.
- Zeb'tula - Zandalari outpost on Isle of Thunder. Overtaken by the Sunreaver Onslaught
- Gundrak - The ice troll capital in Zul'Drak.
- Zuldazar - The Zandalari capital on the island of Zandalar.
- Zul'Aman - The forest troll capital in the southeastern area of Quel'Thalas. Named after the Amani tribe.
- Zul'Farrak - The sand troll capital in northern Tanaris. Led to the Sandfury tribe renaming themselves the Farraki tribe in Patch 5.0.3 .
- Zul'Gurub - The jungle troll capital in Northern Stranglethorn. Named after the Gurubashi tribe.
- Zul'Kunda - Jungle troll capital of the Bloodscalp tribe.
- Zul'Mamwe - Jungle troll capital of the Skullsplitter tribe.
- Zul'Drak - The ice troll region in eastern Northrend. Named after the Drakkari tribe. It is odd why Zul'Drak isn't the Drakkari capital, rather than Gundrak, mainly because it breaks the pattern of troll capital naming. (Even Zuldazar has Zul in it.)
In the RPG
- 'jin = Chieftain or Elder, added as a suffix.
- 'fon = Loner; someone who has deliberately absented himself from troll society and its obligations and is little better than a pariah. Added as a suffix.
- Kaz'kah = Death Totem.
- Mon = Man. (May represent a form of Low Common, rather than Zandali.)
- Atal'Hakkar = Devoted to Hakkar or In Honor of Hakkar.
- Zufli = Baby Witch, corruption of the voodoo master prefix, "zul". It is a derogatory term for female witch doctors, but some females have taken on the title as a mark of pride.
- Zul' = Voodoo master, often a prefix added to a name when they become one.
- = Great Tribal Witch Doctor, (rough translation).
Jungle troll names
Jungle troll youth do not receive public names until they have earned a name in battle. Until then, they are referred to by generic diminutives. Jungle troll names look simple but are surprisingly complex. Their language is largely syllabic, and various syllables can be added to the beginning or end of a troll's name to denote status and ability. Troll given names are usually one syllable, to facilitate the additions of these titles. Some trolls drop their given names altogether and are known purely by their titles.
- Male Names: Vol, Ros, Mig, Gal.
- Female Names: Shi, Mith, Hai, So.
- Family Names: Trolls do not have family names, though they occasionally use their tribe's name in its place.
Forest troll names
Forest trolls follow the same naming conventions as jungle trolls, though some of the suffixes and prefixes differ.
- Male Names: Doth, Mag, Ran, Vis.
- Female Names: Lith, Arn, Din, Mak.
- Family Names: Like jungle trolls, forest trolls have no family names.
Untranslated words, phrases and names
- Dambala - Loa of Serpents & Treachery
- Legba - Loa of Speed
- Lukou - Loa of Healing & Respite
- Ogoun - Loa of War
- Ula-tek - Goddess of Serpents
Zandali words (speculation)
This is the list of words created by the in-game language parser for the Troll language, and is listed as language number fourteen (word range 1280-1358) in the Language text file.
Note: The language algorithm used by the in-game "translator" merely makes the words look like Zandali. It does not actually use a specific dictionary. Therefore, translated in-game speech isn't true Zandali.
|Number of letters in word||Word List|
|One-letter words||A, E, H, J, M, N, O, S, U|
|Two-letter words||Di, Fi, Fu, Im, Ir, Is, Ju, So, Wi, Yu|
|Three-letter words||Deh, Dim, Fus, Han, Mek, Noh, Sca, Tor, Weh, Wha,|
|Four-letter words||Cyaa, Duti, Iman, Iyaz, Riva, Skam Ting, Worl, Yudo|
|Five-letter words||Ackee, Atuad, Caang, Difus, Nehjo Siame, T'ief, Wassa|
|Six-letter words||Bwoyar, Deh'yo, Fidong, Honnah, Icense, Italaf, Quashi, Saakes, Smadda, Stoosh, Wi'mek, Yuutee|
|Seven-letter words||Chakari, Craaweh, Flimeff, Godehsi, Lok'dim, Reespek, Rivasuf, Tanponi, Uptfeel, Yahsoda, Ziondeh|
|Eight-letter words||Ginnalka, Machette, Nyamanpo, Oondasta, Wehnehjo, Whutless, Yeyewata, Zutopong|
|Nine-letter words||Fus'obeah, Or'manley|
Words used by players
- Lol = Dim
Zandali Words & Phrases (speculation)
- Ai: Ones
- 'aka: suffix "daughter of"? (possibly "child of"?), "" = Daughter of Ohgan
- Alarion: Guardian?
- Alor: Temple, altar? (Jintha'Alor, Shadra'Alor. In the case of Shadra'Alor, it is a temple of the spider queen . As for Jintha'Alor, it is a temple city built in honour of the forest troll .)
- Antu: Overseer?
- Atal: Devoted
- e'chuta- There is no specific translation, but in our language it would roughly carry an insluting swear word.
- Jang: Protect?
- Jin: Leader (, , , , , etc.
- Rohk: End of World(s) (ie. "Apocalypse" ), may be word for total destruction.
- Rokh: World(s)?
- Rokh: To put an end to something? (see "Zin")
- Sang: Deflect?
- Sul: Lash?
- Thraze: Blade?
- Watha: 'Watha' may refer to a Forest Troll village. (Hiri'Watha, Agol'watha, Shaol'watha.)
- Zeb: 'Zeb' may refer to the word "forest", while 'Watha' is the speculated reference to Forest Troll Villages in particular. (Zeb'Watha, Zeb'Tela, Zeb'Sora.)
- Zen: Prefix that might refer to a Druid. (, , )
- Zin: Destroyer? (ie. ), this would agree with one of the possible definitions for Rokh being "worlds" though it would conflict , so rokh itself might have two definitions. Another possibility is that rokh refers only to the end of something, while Zin refers to "world(s)" and Jin keeps its original definition; therefore the direct translation for the two swords would be Jin'rohk: (greatest/above all other/most authoritative/ end(s)[of something], which defines an apocalypse) and Zin'rohk: (a world's end or destruction)
- Zul: Zul may mean "Great", hence "Zul'jin" would mean "Great Chief" and "Zul'Gurub" would mean "Great Gurub" or "Great City of the Gurubashi". It is also able to be speculated that 'Zul' refers to a large Troll city, such as 'Zul'Gurub,' "City of the Gurubashi."
- "" = Overseer of the Lasher?
- "" = Guardian of the Devoted?
- " " = Protecting Blade?
- " " = Deflecting Blade?
- " " = Lashing Blade?
- Phrases could be heard in Warcraft III from several of the available troll creeps that one could hire or mind control. Some are taken from the Star Wars language of Huttese, others from the Spanish language, and more from other pop culture references. Their meanings are unknown. These may only be meant as click jokes but are here for completeness sake.
- Few dare to learn Troll as the Darkspear tribe tend to be very aggressive when asked about it.
- There is only one non-troll in lore who've been able to pick up few words of Zandali during capture, however, not speak it. This person being from Shadows of the Horde.
- There is an argument in regards to the prefix "Zul", whereas if it means either "Great" or "Voodoo Master". While "Great" is a more logical translation, "Voodoo Master" was mentioned to be correct by Lore on Twitter.
- There is evidence of the suffix 'jin meaning both "leader" and "elder". First examples would be , and , all of whom are leaders. However, at the troll starting zone, two generic NPCs have the suffix as well. and , both of whom use the aged face variants trolls are able to choose from when creating a character. Thus, it is possible, the two are elders of the Darkspear tribe.
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