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Pronounced: /tʃatamʃk/
Species: human
Total speakers: ~10
Writing system: Latin (Tcathan variant), runic (optional)
Genealogy: constructed language

 a posteriori
     West and North Germanic

Morphological type: analytic and fusional
Morphosyntactic alignment: nominative-accusative
Basic word order: SVO
Creator: User:Lingwistix
Created: 2007

Tcathan or Chathan (tcatamsck) is a Germanic/Theedish-based conlang. It is an a posteriori zonal and auxiliary language.

Tcathan has influences from

North Germanic
Old/Middle/Modern English
(lesser) Scots, Frisian, Low Saxon

The grammar combines Modern English-like analytics with simplified West Germanic-based inflections. The phonetics and phonologic patterns have influences from Dutch, German, Modern English, and North Germanic tongues.

Tcathan began to be linked more greatly to Proto-Germanic with reforms in 2017, by making sure that at least most words have a Proto-Germanic ancestor. Some of these Germanic/Theedish words, like "rekntawg" (computer) and "fragbar" (questionable), are also examples of uniquely Tcathan calques and compounds that are still composed of shared cognates.

Some words from Latin are acceptable, depending on their presence in Germanic natlangs, or how long they've been in them. This is reflective of the long contact between Germanic speakers and Latin speakers.

twibl "onion" (L cepulla, thru OHG zwibolo)
kelner "waiter" (L cellenarius, thru OHG kelnere)

Anglish (more purely Germanic English) has also been influential in making words like month names, elements, and scientific/political/academic words.

forjarmonaþ "March" (like springmonth)
wisgawd "platinum" (like whitegold)
blendlar "chemistry" (like blendlore)
blendkraft "alchemy" (like blendcraft)
welsmankraft "politics" (like wealsmancraft)
buklar "literature" (like booklore)
wolkhang "climate" (like welkinhang)

Tcathan also has a number of doublets (twelingworden), similar to natlangs.

farg (color)/færf (paint)
gejst (ghost)/gajst (spirit)
hærfst (fall, autumn)/harfist (harvest)
scted (place)/sctad (city)
tawfer (magic)/tifer (purple, violet)

For more info, see


Aa Ææ Bb Cc Dd Þþ Ee Ëë Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy



ek (I)
jaw, þu (you)
hej (he)
sej (she)
hes (it)
vej/wej (we)
jej (y'all)
dej/þej (they)


mek (me)
jik, þik (you)
hem (him)
hen (her)
het (it)
ons (us)
joj (y'all)
dem/þem (them)


mejn (my, mine)
jejn, þajn (your, yours)
hems (his)
hens (her, hers)
hets (its)
onser (our, ours)
jojn (your, yours)
dejn/þejn (their, theirs)

Numbers 0-20

0 nol
1 ejn
2 tvej/twej
3 drej/þrej
4 fir
5 fejm
6 siex
7 sejbn
8 akt
9 nawn
10 sien
11 ellef
12 tvolf
13 dresien/þresien
14 firsien
15 fejmsien
16 siexsien
17 sejbnsien
18 aktsien
19 nawnsien
20 tvantik/twantik

Irregular Verb Conjugation

senan (to be) infinitive

sejn (be) imperative
bes (am) 1st person singular
best (are) 2nd person singular
ist (is) 3rd person singular
sin (are) plural
sejnnung (being) present progressive
var (was/were) past simple singular
varen (were) past simple plural
gysenan (been) past participle

havan (to have) infinitive

hav (have) imperative
haf (have) 1st person singular
hafst (have) 2nd person singular
haft (has) 3rd person singular
hafen (have) 1st person plural
hafsten (have) 2nd person plural
haften (have) 3rd person plural
hafnung (having) present progressive
hat (had) past simple singular
haten (had) past simple plural
gyhavan (had) past participle

Regular Verb Conjugation

infinitive, future

fligan (to fly)


flieg (fly)

present simple

ek flieg (I fly)
jaw fliegst (you fly)
hej/sej/hes fliegt (he/she/it flies)
wej/jej/þej fligat (we/y'all/they fly)

gerund/present progressive

fliegnung (flying)

past simple

gyfliegt (flew)

past participle

gyfligan (flown)


Chathan Ek wejs niek welk honden sin scwart. /ɛk veɪs nik vɛɫk hɔndɛn sɪn ʃvɑɚt/
English I don't know which hounds (dogs) are black.       
Dutch Ik weet niet welke honden zwart zijn.
Afrikaans Ek weet nie wat honde swart is nie. 
German Ich weiß nicht, welche Hunde schwarz sind.
Danish Jeg ved ikke, hvilke hunde er sorte.
Swedish Jag vet inte vilka hundar är svarta.
Icelandic Ég veit ekki hver hundarnir eru svartir.
This article is part of a series on International Auxiliary Languages.

Romance-based Auxlangs: Aercant * Atlango * Interlingua * Latin Nov * Novial * Occidental (Interlingue) * Panroman * Romanal
Germanic-based Auxlangs: Folksprak * Nordien
Slavic Auxlangs: Novoslovnica
Turkic Auxlangs: Jalpi Turkic
African Auxlangs: Afrihili
Mixed-Origin Auxlangs: Esperanto * Adjuvilo * Ido * Ayola * Medial Europan * Bolak * Kotava * North American * Pantos-dimou-glossa * Pasetok * Sasxsek * Universalglot * Volapük
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