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Penguinese (also known as Pinguish) is a fictional language spoken by the characters in Pingu. It is uninterpretable to the audience leaving the dialogue up to the viewers imagination.

It consists of babbling, muttering, and Pingu's characteristic sporadic loud honking noise, which is either spelled as "Nug Nug!" or more popularly "Noot Noot!". It has its own alphabet which is a conglomeration of the real-life Cyrillic and Hebrew alphabets, yet Robby once used the Latin Alphabet in School Time, implying there are multiple alphabets, somewhat like some real world languages (such as Japanese, with 4 main alphabets)

Distinguishable Words

  • Sallis - Eel
  • Realvou - Plaice
  • Coo-coo - Lobster
  • Milk - Milk
  • Fish - Fish
  • Strawform - Haddock
  • Grorlip - Big
  • Surry - Catch
  • Fodder - Ball
  • Loop - Circle
  • Artz - Doctor
  • Tellibelli - Toy
  • Ciochilani - Drink

In Popular Culture

Penguinese is a recognizable element of Pingu and allows the show to be enjoyed anywhere, as it negates the need for dubbing, which allowed Pingu to be aired without translation in most territories.


There was a small controversy involving some parents who believed Penguinese would hinder the vocal development of their young children, many of which were still learning to talk. A similar controversy occurred with another BBC show, "Teletubbies". This died down quickly however.


  • On some streaming prints of Pingu, if you turn on subtitles, they just say "Penguin Noises" and often change when a different sound occurs.