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Default What Language do the Orks speak?

I know when it's written down "Da Orks speak like dis!... WWWWWAAAGGGHHHH!!!"

But do they really speak like that in universe? I know whenever the orks are described as talking to Humans they're supposed to speak in heavily accented Gothic. But amongst themselves do they speak Orkish or do they keep the Football Hooligan thing going.
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Near as I can tell they speak grunty english all the time, but I may be wrong.
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No.

Orks speak Orkish. They speak in that accent for our benefit and to demonstrate their lack of intelligence.

Even Yarrick had to interrogate a captured Ork for a while to learn their speech.
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same as different people from different countries i'd imagine

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There are references to the ork language as being very crude. The bad english as it is written is for our benefit as heliene said.

In the Ciaphas Cain series, Gunner Jurgen and Inquisitor Vail both know the Orcish language. Vail herself is quoted as sayng it`s not hard, mostly just yelling and blows to the head.


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They're basically plants anyways, or fungi, if you will. Their DNA is considered to be a viral genus, and they reproduce by spores. yay! talking plants!

the fact that they have any sort of intelligent language at all, is a testament to their adaptability as a species.

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It`s the same with any species. When they interact with the imperium they have to speak gothic, but when on their own they undoubtedly have their own languages. Such as in DoW, it`s safe to assume when playing as tau or whatever that they speak their own words to each other, the english is just so we know what they`re saying.


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The accent they are referenced with in the Ork codex however, is cockney.

Yet they speak Orkish. Duuuh :p

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Are you sure? I would have thought that they speak English ... GW is from England and whatnot. Contrary to public belief Americans do NOT speak English, we speak American, a bastardized version, or dialect of English. Come to think of it Orks sound very similar to us Americans ... wonder why that is?
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Are you sure? I would have thought that they speak English ... GW is from England and whatnot. Contrary to public belief Americans do NOT speak English, we speak American, a bastardized version, or dialect of English. Come to think of it Orks sound very similar to us Americans ... wonder why that is?
quite simply because we are the bastardized version of England.

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