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Nilfgaardian dialect is based on Elder Speech and used in the Nilfgaardian Empire, and in particular, the capital. It is characterized by long, drawn-out syllables.

Nilfgaardian differs from Elder Speech in that much of its vocabulary seems to come from Dutch. In the Blood and Wine expansion of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, during the "Capture the Castle" quest, the Nazairi soldiers use a great number of Dutch profanities; this includes rotzak ("scumbag"), schijtlijster ("coward"), stront ("shit") and piemellikkers ("cocksuckers"). They also use the word kusse, later explained by Regis to refer to a vagina. This is akin to Dutch kut and its older form kutte, which carry the same meaning, though it more likely came from Danish where the word means "pussy".

Some words of the Elder Speech have a totally different meaning in the Nilfgaardian dialect: like y that in Elder Speech means of, while in Nilfgaardian means and, or whiteflame, translated as gwendeith by elves while deithwen by Nilfgaardians.

Dictionary Edit

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 Phrases

A Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
aâ'anval [1] attack (from Dutch: aanval)
addan, adan dance; dancer; dancing
adhart [1] forward
aecáemm to follow
aen from, to, for, with, of, in, out of, at, by, down, in, into, until, on, like, as
aep of, in (appears to be just general genitive, not marking solely hereditary ties)
arse arse (UK), ass (US), butt, rump

B Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
belean'graec important, something important
bleidd wolf (From Welsh: blaidd)
bloede bloody, gory, damn (UK: bloody hell)
bu'rac [1] bumpkin

C Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
carn tomb, grave, barrow
ceas'raet empire (of Nilfgaard)
creasa must, necessity, obligation, inevitability, duty

D Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
daerienn sorcerer, sorceress
deien to serve
deith flame
deithwen white flame
d'yaebl devil (From Spanish: diablo)

E Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
e'er [1] honor
eigean necessary, must, have to (From Irish: is éigean)
eimyr hedgehog
ess to be, is (From Italian: essere)
esse will be, will
essea I am
evn'gesaen ambassador

F Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
feainn sun; also the sixth savaed in the elven calendar

G Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
geehaet hard
gloir [1] glory

H Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
hael greeting (long life to...); health (From English: hail, hale)
hanse unit, armed group of friends, gang (From English: hanse)

I Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
iarean [1] to search

K Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
Ker'zaer [2] Emperor (From German: Kaiser)
kroofeir [1] haystack
kusse genitals

L Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
laeke, loc lake
luned daughter / young girl

M Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
morvud, morvudd enemy, enemies

N Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
na [1] or (From Irish: ná)
neén no, not
nyald [1] needle

P Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
pest pestilence, plague, blight
piemellikkers [2] cocksuckers

Q Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
que that / what (From Italian: che, French: qui/que)

R Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
rach [1] to move (From Irish: Rachaidh)
raet country
ratreut [1] to fall back, retreat
Roethainne Redanian
rotzak [2] scumbag

S Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
schijtlijster [2] coward
se'ege [1] victory
seiâ'fyll [1] formation
sheyss [1] dammit
stront [2] shit

T Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
tedd time, age, season
thu you (informal)
tuvean / tuv'en [1] death
twe two

V Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
va'en trip, journey
vaer'truov to hope, to trust
va faill goodbye, farewell
var'oom? [1] what? (from German: warum)
vatt'ghern witcher
visse you (formal)
vort further, away (from oneself), still

W Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
wen white (From Welsh: Wen/wyn)

Y Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
y and
yn on, over, upon, one

Phrases Edit

Nilfgaardian dialect English
Aâ'anval neen orde! Attack at will!
Aecáemm aen me Follow me
Aen iarean nyald aep kroofeir Like searching for a needle in a haystack
Aâ'anval neen orde Attack at will
A d'yaebl aép arse A devil up your arse
Deithwen Addan yn Carn aep Morvudd The White Flame Dancing on the Barrows of his Enemies
E'er y glòir Honor and glory
Esse'lath seiâ'fyll Loose formation
Gloir aen Ard Feainn Praise be the Great Sun
Glòir aen Ker'zaer Glory to the Emperor
Hael Ker'zaer Long live the Emperor
Me hen aveen'eans aep tooraen. Me peuvt aen alvear'daeg I am too old for wrath. All I feel is simple grief
Me voel'tocht aen geehaet va'en. Me vaer'truov, het aen belean'graec I had a hard journey. I trust it is something important.
Neen ratreut Do not dare fall back
N'ees tedd a thu I have no time for you
Que suecc's? What's going on?
Se'ege na tuvean Victory or death
Tuvean y gloir Death and glory
Visse deien aep Ceas'raet. N'et aen vaerb'tinnea, het aen creasa You serve the Empire. It's not your good will, it's your duty
Visse ess'spaet aep uav raet, daar'tocht aep Nordling daerienn You spat on your country, conspiring with Nordling sorceresses
Visse gead'tocht gaedeen You have done well

References Edit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 In The Witcher game series