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Imaginary Languages
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

In the world of hobbies, I suppose mine is little strange. Some people play sports. Others make music, draw, or take photographs. I create imaginary languages.

I’ve always been interested in words. Since the age of seven, I’ve kept a dictionary on the nightstand next to my bed. Other people read magazines, fantasy novels, or mysteries. Tonight I’ll be reading pages 187-188, filch (verb) – flippant (adjective).

But I’m not satisfied with just studying words. I want to invent them. In fact, I’ve been inventing words since I started speaking. When I was two, I decided to name my bottle “mooey.” “No,” my parents would say. “Not mooey. Bottle!” “Mooey!” I would insist.

But inventing a language involves a lot more than just making up words. Languages are like games. They follow rules and patterns. Think of word order, for example. “Ice like I cream” doesn’t make much sense, but “I like ice cream” does. When creating an imaginary language, I have to invent grammar rules as well as words.

At first, I thought I was the only person in the world who enjoyed this strange hobby. But I soon learned that I was not alone. J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of the bestselling fantasy The Lord of the Rings, was an inventor of imaginary languages. The popular television show “Game of Thrones” also has its own imaginary language called Dothraki.

My language is called Elmonieri. So far, I’ve created over two thousand words and written a basic grammar guide. But my work is far from over. After all, the English language has almost 200,000 words! That is why I expect my hobby to keep me busy for many years.

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