Your race indicates the languages your character can speak by default, and your background might give you access to one or more additional languages of your choice.
Note these languages on your character sheet.
Choose your languages from the Standard Languages table, or choose one that is common in your campaign.
With your DM’s permission, you can instead choose a language from the Exotic Languages table or a secret language, such as thieves’ cant or the tongue of druids.
Some of these languages are actually families of languages with many dialects.
For example, the Primordial language includes the Auran, Aquan, Ignan, and Terran dialects, one for each of the four elemental planes.
Creatures that speak different dialects of the same language can communicate with one another.

Standard LanguagesEdit


Typical Speakers Script
Common Human Common
Dwarvish Dwarves Dwarvish
Elvish Elves Elvish
Giant Ogres, Giants Dwarvish
Gnomish Gnomes Dwarvish
Goblin Goblinoids Dwarvish
Halfling Halflings Common
Orc Orcs Dwarvish

Exotic Languages Edit

Language Typical Speakers Script
Abyssal Demons, Devils Infernal
Celestial Celestials Celestial
Draconic Dragons, Dragonborn Draconic
Deep Speech Mindflayers, Beholders Espruar
Infernal Devils, Tieflings Infernal
Primordial Elementals Dwarvish
Sylvan Fey Elvish
Undercommon Underdark Traders Elvish