Zoso Language Kit

Zoso (’zoh soh’) is the fictional, alien language of The Endless Whispers universe. Over 30,000 years old, it is spoken by the Haethonite heretics amongst themselves as well as with their god known simply as the “Devourer” or Azura’than). In short, it is an ugly language belonging to a vile, hate-filled people.

From a movie-making PoV: Zoso is pure gibberish. However, it is structured gibberish, which is very important. By giving it an identifiable structure (even if it’s only registered subconsciously), the audience will be able to suspend their disbelief all the more easily. For example, see the fake languages used in Star Trek (Klingon), Game of Thrones (Dothraki), and The Lord of the Rings (Elvish).

For the sake of simplicity and the sanity of the actors who have to speak Zoso, the grammar is (mostly) a direct 1:1 correspondence with English. (Verb tenses are the exception.)


The following is the very basic Zoso language rules and vocabulary as it appears in the movie.


Past Tense: Place ‘ia at the end of a word.

Present Tense: Do nothing.

Future Tense: Place ‘oth at the end of a word.

Conditional: Place a’ at the front of a word.

Verb Agreement

Verbs do not agree with either subject or object.


Plural: Add la at the end of the word.

Possessive: Add ‘wai at the end of the word.

Special Exceptions

For the sake of ‘cultural’ flavor, special exceptions are allowed to the Zoso language. These are up to the person inventing said exceptions, and hopefully there is a modicum of backstory tied to why the exception exists. Special exceptions can violate all the rules of the language.

One Who Does

A Noun that performs a Verb: add ’than to the end of the verb. For example, a (wood) cutter is the verb To Cut + ‘than, or skrav’than (also known as a carpenter). Or, similarly, one who devours becomes Azura’than, from the verb To Devour (azura).

Abnormal Words

Class-specific Words: Some verbs only apply to specific classes, and so therefore exist in multiple forms. The verb ‘To Cut’, for instance, has four forms based on class: Nature Matter (trees, plants, moss, etc.), Elemental Matter (rocks, ice, etc.), Living Creatures (humans, deer, dogs, etc.), and Human Souls.


A: Ai

Against: Il

All: Wayun

And: Han

Anew: Jujuri (same as new)

Are / To be / To exist: Gotha

Arm: Fah (singular), Fahla (plural)

Ash: Zas (singular), Zasla (plural)

As with: Daloh

Awaken: Kronol

Bad (Unfortunate): Guggorn

Begin: Yaihai

Before: Dira (preposition)

Belong: Rugom

Between: Vut

Bone: Nogath

Bosom: Risoli (singular / plural)

Bow (1): Kadishu (verb)

But (1): Taz (conjunction)

But (2): Tozok (preposition)

Butcher: Sazog’zu

By: Orm (preposition)

Can / Be able to: Athag

Child: Pith (singular), Pithla (plural)

Chaotic: Shugg

Chosen: Vug (adjective), Vugdu (noun)

Choose: Vugul (verb, to choose)

Consume: Az

Come: Lai

Comprehend: Mnahn (same as understand)

Cower: Kadishisha

Creature: Sog (singular), Sogla (plural)

Crush: Damzuk (verb)

Cut: Skrav (special exception, verb) (applies only to nature matter)

Cut: Skreez (special exception, verb) (applies only to elemental matter)

Cut: Skrosh (special exception, verb) (applies only to living creatures)

Cut: Skaal (special exception, verb) (applies only to human souls)

Dead (1): Mordu (adjective)

Dead (2): Morghul (noun)

Deathless: Morhan

Destroy: Ilksadum (verb)

Devour: Azura

Devourer: Azura’than (One who Consumes)

Do / To do: Ulu (verb)

Down: Ka

Drift: Uhoon

Dust: Naflan

Earth: Pagh

Everlasting: Graal

Eternal: Sangraal

Everyone: Doha

Eye: Tei (singular), Teila (plural)

Face: Nak (singular), Nakla (plural)

Fear: Shugfa (singular/plural), Shughaifa (verb)

Feast (1): Opaz (singular noun), Opazla (plural)

Find: Logosh

First Zugh

Flesh: Sogoth

Fodder: Glorghol

For: Vra’ (prefix)

Foretell: Jreshkan

Forsake: Tyurvok

Friend: Ummagga (singular), Ummaggala (plural)

Gather: Chonos

Galactic: Chthukor

Get Out: Rilnos (to leave)

Gladly: Um’um (adverb)

Gnat: Slizzik (singular), Slizzikla (plural)

Grind: Logoth

He / Him: Yat / Yatal

His: Yat’wai (see Possessive, above)

Head: Toh (singular), Tohla (plural)

Heresy: Fnagath (singular), Fnagathla (plural)

Human: Fek (singular), Fekla (plural)

I (Me) / My: Ya / Yad

Individual Zu’kush (related to numeric ‘1’)

Impudent: Kushkor

Insolent: Kuvral

In / Into: Vru’ (prefix)

In the name of: Hu’pagh

Irrelevant: Pidipi

Is / To be / To exist: Gotha

Kill: Sazog

King: Krako

Kingdom: Krako’hod

Know: Mnad

Lie: Fal (singluar), Falla (plural)

Longer: Nemani

Maddening: Uhulu

Maggot: Sligghol (singular), Sligghola (plural)

Matter: Ordos (verb)

Mote: Naf (singlular), Nafla (plural)

No / Not: Vek

Nothing: Byaki

Now: Yeta

Of: Da’ (before consonant or ‘y’) or Dal’ (before vowel) (prefix)

Offensive: Hupagh

On: An’ (prefix)

One: Zu

Possibly: Thoda

Press: Kyar (verb)

Prophet: Jreshkahal

Rest: Drathun (noun, same as others)

Right (1): Sra’ (‘most complete extent’, prepositional phrase, prefix)

She / Her: Yaho / Yahuri

Slaughter: Sazog’sadum (verb)

Soon: Badam

Soul: Iziz (singular), Izizla (plural)

Star: Kor

Stop: Ezrak

Submit: Golhol

Subsume: Sibilk

Surrender: Shoggshila

That: Duil

The: Dui

They (Them) / Theirs: Yatey / Yatar

This: Duin

To: Vru’ (prefix)

Touch: Ptah

Torment: Ooroos

Unbeliever: Haethos (singular), Haethosla (plural)

Understand: Mnahn

Unspeakable: Ai’kog

Unworthy: Slithyogg

Very: Gohai

Vessel: Thrud (noun meaning ‘container’)

Wait: Hratha

We (Us) / Our: Yaz / Yazil

Will (1): Oth (modal verb, see above)

Will (2): Zkraziki (noun)

Wind: Fwoon

Worm: Slith (singular), Slithla (plural)

Yet: ilith

You / Your: Do / Dok