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Re: Conlangs in the movies

From:Sally Caves <scaves@...>
Date:Friday, December 10, 2004, 19:10
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From: "Rodlox" <Rodlox@...>

> what about Krakozhian from the movie _The Terminal_? was that a real > language, or did they invent it? *curious*
I can't seem to find an answer to that on the web, or in any of the online reviews of the movie, and I don't know enough about Slavic languages. I had thought that Hanks had learned some form of Russian or Ukrainian--I think the magazine he was looking at featured the cyrillic alphabet--especially for the exchange he has with the man trying to smuggle in drugs for his dying father. I don't think they "invented" a language for him; that would have been too much work. It's easier just to get a real Ukrainian to coach him in the language and the accent. In the credits, it gives the name of Tom Hank's "dialect coach." If someone knows differently, let me know! Sally