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The Dino language or Dino Talk is spoken by the inhabitants of the planet Sauria. This language has been spoken on Dinosaur Planet for thousands of years, since their first encounter with off-worlders. Before that, they got by with grunts and roars; a few still do, but most have adopted this relatively new language. It uses the same written runes as the language used by most other denizens of the Lylat System, except with simple letter substitutions. Consonants are always replaced by consonants and vowels alter into vowels. The letter M stays the same. Y translates into 0, which is pronounced "OO". The sole exception to this rule are proper nouns, in which case, they are said exactly the same as galactic standard (i.e. Prince Tricky = Prince Tricky in Dino).

Shortly after Fox McCloud rescues Tricky from the SharpClaws, Slippy activates a translator device so Fox hears everything that is said in English.

Krystal and apparently Slippy (who translates what the Queen EarthWalker says himself before he finishes the translating device) know Dino well, and are the only known non-inhabitants of Sauria who do. The only known inhabitants that know English are the WarpStone and ShopKeeper, and potentially Tricky by the events of Assault.

The substitution chart:
English: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Saurian: U R S T O V W X A Z B C M D E F G H J K I L N P 0 Q

Below is an example of the final translation.

"De edo sud tovouk GENERAL SCALES! (Translation: No one can defeat GENERAL SCALES!)"
—General Scales


  • Some dinosaur tribes and other native creatures have not as of yet adapted to this language, such as the more savage tribes. These include the RedEyeFireCrawlerKalda Chom and Screech.
  • Contrary to popular belief, it was never officially named Saurian.

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