Created byLeslie Jones
Setting and usageInternational auxiliary language
UsersNone known
SourcesVocabulary from English and Spanish
Language codes
ISO 639-3qel (local use)
IETF art-x-euroleng
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Eurolengo is a constructed language invented by Leslie Jones in 1972.[1]: 156  It was constructed to be a common European language and "a practical tool for business and tourism."[1]: 154 [2]

The vocabulary consists of words borrowed from English and Spanish[3]: 1  and made to conform to a consistent phonetic and orthographic system. Critics find a Spanglish flavor to the language, and that "reading is only straightforward if the requisite languages (in this case English and Spanish) are already familiar."[1]: 157 

Auxiliary languages in general, and regional ones such as Eurolengo in particular, have had little support from the international community;[2] Eurolengo has never had any speakers.[4][5]

Linguistic features

According to its author, there are only three pages of grammar rules.[6]


Neo alphabet (+ digraphs)
Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Upper case A B CH D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Lower case a b ch d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
IPA phoneme a b t͡ʃ d e f g h i d͡ʒ k l m n o p kw r s t u v w ks j z

The Eurolengo alphabet is almost the same as the English alphabet, except there is no C (its phonemes being taken over by either S or K),[1]: 156  but the Ch digraph is treated as a letter.

a=ah, b= bay, ch = chay, d=day, e = eh, f=eff, g=gay, h=ash, i = ee, j = jay, k = kay, l = ell, m = em, n = en, o = oh, p = pay, q=kw, r=air, s = ess, t=tay, u = oo, v = vee, w=wee, x = eks, y = eye, z = zed[7]


According to its author all verbs are regular.[6]


Nouns in Eurolengo have no gender, but a suffix can be added to derive specifically feminine words from their masculine counterparts, such as in the case of making kusin into kusina to indicate a male cousin or a female cousin.[8]


Eurolengo isto tres fasil. Le lengo habo un diksionarie de venti mil paroles. It isto kompletik fonetik and le difisile sonds in le lengos de West Europe isto elimanado.


  1. ^ a b c d Large, Andrew, The Artificial Language Movement Oxford and New York: Basil Blackwell in association with André Deutsch, 1985
  2. ^ a b Laycock, Donald (1990). AN ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF LANGUAGE: LANGUAGE ENGINEERING: SPECIAL LANGUAGES (PDF). Routledge. p. 466. ISBN 0-203-71185-8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  3. ^ Jones, Leslie, Eurolengo: The Language for Europe Newcastle upon Tyne: Oriel Press, 1972
  4. ^ Scheidhauer, Christophe (2008). "Les langues de l'europe, un régime paradoxalement durable". Langage et Société. 125 (3): 125. doi:10.3917/ls.125.0125. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  5. ^ К истории развития модельной лингвистики
  6. ^ a b Burkhardt; et al. (2004). Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft: Handbooks of linguistics and communication science. Walter de Gruyter, 2004. pp. 3619, 3632. ISBN 9783110179620. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  7. ^ Jones, Leslie (1972). Eurolengo: The language for Europe: A practical manual for business and tourism. ISBN 9780853621409.
  8. ^ Muchnik, Malka (Sep 22, 2014). The Gender Challenge of Hebrew. Brill. p. 9. ISBN 9789004282711. Retrieved 2 February 2015.