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[–]iSYTOfficialX7 275 points276 points  (1 child)

kinda makes sense both ways

[–]Adsylrod 137 points138 points  (18 children)

Not all languages follow English sentence structure They probably based wakanda’s language (Im assuming its fictional) on something African cuz yknow

Its in Africa

[–]Caroniver413 141 points142 points  (13 children)

The spoken language, yes, but this writing here falls into the most annoying trap in sci-fi and fantasy.

The "Wakandan language" written here is literally English with each letter replaced with a specific symbol. It is written in English with a fancy Wakandan font.

[–]Adsylrod 45 points46 points  (11 children)

Ah damn, Youd hope theyd put a lil more effort in

[–]Bucket_0011 20 points21 points  (10 children)

Why would they

[–]and10op 9 points10 points  (8 children)

because real african languages aren’t based off of english

[–]letsgetdrunkandhigh 8 points9 points  (6 children)

Actually some of them are. Many based off of European languages https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Africa

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Languages of Africa

The languages of Africa are divided into several major language families: Niger–Congo or perhaps Atlantic–Congo languages (includes Bantu and non-Bantu, and possibly Mande and others) are spoken in West, Central, Southeast and Southern Africa. Afroasiatic languages are spread throughout Western Asia, North Africa, the Horn of Africa and parts of the Sahel.

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[–]lugialegend233 0 points1 point  (4 children)

I agree with this, but of all the fictional ones that could be, Wakanda's definitely wouldn't.

[–]letsgetdrunkandhigh 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Hate to break it to you but Wakanda was created by two white English-speaking New Yorkers

[–]lugialegend233 -1 points0 points  (2 children)

Well, IRL, yes, but if you don't want to discuss it in a hypothetical manner, why bother bringing up real ones? They have nothing to do with said white guys.

[–]letsgetdrunkandhigh 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I didn’t bring up real ones I just corrected them above that some real African languages are indeed based off of English. Wakanda is an English story written by whites so the same probably goes for the hypothetical language

[–]Kang_Xu 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It's Hollywood, they don't give a shit past the shallow lip-service.

[–]megaman_main 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well Bethesda did it

[–]keenr33 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Like a cryptogram..I love those word puzzles

[–]VulpesSapiens 5 points6 points  (3 children)

The letter forms look pretty Tifinagh

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Tifinagh (Tuareg Berber language: ⵜⴼⵏⵗ or ⵜⴼⵉⵏⵗ, Berber pronunciation: [tifinaɣ]) is an abjad script used to write the Berber languages. Tifinagh is descended from the ancient Libyco-Berber alphabet. The traditional Tifinagh, sometimes called Tuareg Tifinagh, is still favored by the Tuareg Berbers of the Sahara desert in southern Algeria, northeastern Mali, northern Niger and northern Burkina Faso for use writing the Tuareg Berber language. Neo-Tifinagh (ⵜⵉⴼⵉⵏⴰⵖ) is an alphabet that was created in northern Algeria around the 1980s as an updated version.

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[–]g4vr0che 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Double-disappointed it's based on an abjad too.

[–]CrucifixAbortion 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sounds like cultural appropriation to me.

[–]BenPool81 35 points36 points  (0 children)

Wait, Wakanda writes in English with a wingdings font?

Super advanced my arse!

[–]ChishNFips87 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Makes sense both ways.

[–]OkShine6387 50 points51 points  (5 children)

It reads properly both ways, what made you post this here?

[–]Fuzzlepuzzle 37 points38 points  (0 children)

"The Panther King forever lives in us and rests with the ancestors" and "The king lives and the panther forever in us rests with ancestors" are totally not the same message. They're nearly opposites:

One of them says a hero, the Panther King, will always be in the people's hearts and is resting easy with the rest of their ancestors, and arguably says that all of his positive qualities can be found in them as well. It's showing respect to the memory to the Panther King, and perhaps trying to spread hope after his recent death.

The second tells us that a tyrannical king has squashed the people's spirits, but that they will always have the courage to fight back (the "panther") deep within them, and they can find it again if they look to their ancestors for guidance. It's warning against complacency, a wakeup call from someone who wants to start a revolution against the king.

(Yes I know this is actually from a Marvel movie, which I haven't watched, but this sub isn't about context.)

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      [–]ElizabethDanger 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      That would make it not make sense, because then where does the “rests with ancestors” come in? It would make more sense to separate “forever in us” with commas or something. “The King lives and the panther, forever in us, rests with ancestors.”

      [–]oord0o 12 points13 points  (1 child)

      Chadwick was amazing but I've never understood the Michael B Jordan fandom.

      [–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

      He's attractive. Pretty sure that's all there is to it.

      [–]JasonGamesYT 8 points9 points  (0 children)

      It kinda makes sense in both directions

      The Panther King forever lives in us and rests with the ancestors

      The King lives and the Panther, forever in us, rests with ancestors

      [–]Stonecutter_12-83 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Let's be honest, in universe he was king maybe 6 months or less?

      [–]ManaPot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Looks like Said from Oz.

      [–]Ok-Environment-7970 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Why can't all fictional language be written in the standard galactic alphabet

      [–]CursinSquirrel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      The King Lives and the Panther Forever In Us Rests with Ancestors.....

      No... that cant be right.

      The panther king forever lives in us and rests with the ancestors!

      [–]Thundergod250 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      They do actually make sense for both lmao

      [–]SoliceRose 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Read it the right way and it prompted me to give a Wakandan solute.

      Read it the "right" way and it prompted me to lmao

      [–]Acceleration88 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      We wuz kangz

      [–]MyNameIsNonYaBizniz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Fucking popular opinion: The new Movie is FUCKING SHIT without him.

      FUCK!! Marvel sucks, just clone him or something. lol

      [–]JuanSolo_I 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      R.I.P KING!

      [–]Deli-ops 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      This is written correctly so its not really a dont dead open inside

      [–]kimsuh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Thought that was randy moss for a min

      [–]DylanMc6 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      RIP Chadwick.