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Belter Creole is the cultural language spoken by many people who have grown up in the Asteroid Belt. It is a mix of several Earth languages that were spoken by the original human settlers in the Belt colonies.

Words and expressionsEdit

Word / Structure Part of speech Meaning Language of origin
"Acima" Adverb Above Portuguese
"Ámolof" Noun Love
"Aŭdi" Verb To hear Esperanto
"Bébé" Noun Baby French
"Beltalowda" Noun Belters (as in us) Polish
"Belówt" Noun Blood Dutch
"Beratna" Noun Brother Sudanese
"Bist Bien?" - Are you ok? German/Spanish
"Bodzha" Noun Explosion Chinese
"Boite" Noun Box French
"Bosslet" Noun Boss English, German

"Copain" / "Copeng"

Noun Chum, pal, male friend French

"Chapeau"

Noun Hat French

"Coyo"

Noun Guy, person

"Dangsin-eun junbiga?”

- Are you ready? Korean

"Desh tim detim mang im mowsh leva sif xox"

- There is a time when a man must stand up Korean
"Du towsh bik" Verb phrase To smile Norwegian

"Dui"

Adjective True Chinese

"Ereluf"

Noun Air English, German

"Felota"

Verb (continue aspect) Floating English

"Ge gut"

Verb To get well English, German

"Gonya"

Future tense marker Going to / will English

"Gratulacje"

Noun Congratulations Polish

"Gútegow"

Noun Ready (lit. good to go) English

“Hoy"

Interjection Hi / Hello English

"Ido"

Noun Dock / Exit Spanish

"Im"

Pronoun He / Him English

"Imbobo"

Noun Room / Apartment Zulu

"Inyalowda"

Noun Inners / Non-Belters Various

"Kaka"

Noun Shit Spanish, Romanian

"Kaka felota"

- Bullshit (lit. floating shit) Spanish, Romanian, English

"Ke"

Particle Used to make a sentence into a yes/no question Spanish

"Keting"

Pronoun What (inter.) Spanish, English
"Kemang" Pronoun Who (inter.) Spanish, English
"Ketim" Adverb When (inter.) Spanish, English
"Keng" Verb To know / to understand / to be familiar with Dutch
"Kennst" Verb (II pers.) (you) understand Dutch
"Keya?" - Right? / Isn't that so? English
"Kowmang" Pronoun Everyone / Everybody English
"Kowlting" Pronoun Everything English
"Ji-ral" Noun Bullshit Korean
"La" Interjection No Arabic
"Leta go fongi fode" Verb phrase To arrest / kidnap English
"Mali" Adjective Little Polish
"Mi" Pronoun I / Me English
"Milowda" Pronoun We / Us English
“Mit?” Verb Do you want to come with me? German
"Na" Interjection No / Not English, French, Italian
"Na khorocho" Adjective (neg.) Not good Russian
"Nichts" Pronoun Nothing German
"Orbas" Noun Eyes
"Oso to" Me too
"Owkwa" Noun Water Finnish
"Que si?" - Right? Spanish
"Pagal" Adjective Crazy Hindi
"Pampaw" Noun Grandfather French
"Pashang" Adjective Expletive Chinese
"Paxoniski" Adjective Short (person) Polish, Spanish
"Paxopigi" Adjective Very short (person) Polish, Spanish
"Pomang" Noun Martian Portuguese, English
"Pow" Adverb Now Adverb
"Rosse Buurt" - Red light district Dutch
"Sa" Particle So English
"Sasa ke" Verb (inter./II pers.) Do you know? Spanish, Portuguese
"Sabe" Verb (II pers.) You know Spanish, Portuguese
"Sabez" = I know Verb (I pers.) I know Spanish, Portuguese
"Sa-sa" Verb To know (about) Spanish, Portuguese
"Sabaka" - Swear, insult Russian
"Sefesowng" Adjective Safe English
"Setara" Noun Star English
"Schlauch" Noun Transit tube German
"Showxa" Verb To say, tell Somali
"Sif" Pronoun Yourself Turkish
"Spin" Noun Spin (direction) English
"Tékiting eletisi" Noun phrase Electronics English
"Tenye wa yitim gut!" - Happy New Year!
"Tényleges" Adjective Actual Hungarian
"To" Pronoun You Hindi
"Tolowda" Pronoun You (plural) Hindi
"Toda" Pronoun All Spanish, Portuguese
"Towchu" Noun Slave Chinese
"Tumang" Noun Earther Chinese
"Unokabátya" Noun Cousin Hungarian
“Üzgün!" Interjection Sorry! Turkish
"Well wala" - A Belter obsessed with the inner planets / "traitor to your people" English, Hindi
"Xetamang tili du xeta" - Haters are going to hate
"Xia na pelesh to" - This is not your place
"Yáterash" - Under thrust
"Zakomeng" - Police officer

Suffixes Edit

  • -lowda: plural marker for nouns and pronouns

Structure Edit

Just like English and many other languages, Belter Creole's word order is SVO (subject-verb-object). Here are some examples:

  • "to wash im" = you wash him;
  • "to gonya wash im" = you will wash him;
  • "to gonya kang wash im" = you will be able to wash him.

Physical gesturesEdit

Belter language is accompanied by several physical idioms, due to the need to be able to communicate while wearing space suits.

  • Lifting the hand: Asking a question;
  • Lifting a fist: Greeting; nodding, affirmative;
  • Shrugging is done with one or both hands;
  • Nail of index finger touching the thumb's inner side between the 2 digits, forming a circle, while the other 3 fingers are straight: derogatory gesture.

References Edit

http://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2016/02/nick-farmer-knows-dozens-of-languages-so-he-invented-one-for-the-expanse/

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