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Created by Rikichi (Fuishiki) Okamoto
Date 1962
Setting and usage international auxiliary language
Users None
Sources a priori language
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog None

Babm (pronounced [bɔˈɑːbɔmu]) is an international auxiliary language created by the Japanese philosopher Rikichi [Fuishiki] Okamoto (1885–1963). Okamoto first published the language in his 1962 book, Universal Auxiliary Language Babm,[1] but the language has not caught on even within the constructed language community, and does not have any known current speakers.[2] The language uses the Latin script as a syllabary: each letter marks an entire syllable rather than a single phoneme. To readers used to the Latin script, this creates a rather oddly compacted script with far more consonant letters than vowel letters.

The language has in common with some 17th-century artificial languages an over-riding concern with taxonomy, and providing a universally consistent set of names for chemicals, etc.;[3] the author's "scientific" preoccupation is a contrast to the socio-political mandate of Esperanto, although the 1962 book is certainly not lacking in statements about world peace.


[Babm:] V pajio ci htaj, lrid cga coig pegayx pe bamb ak cop pbagt.

[English:] I am reading this book, which is very interestingly written in Babm by a predominant scholar.[4]

[Babm:] Dedh cjis beg kobp.

[English:] Time causes youth to be old.[5]


  1. ^ Okamoto, R. (1962). Universal auxiliary language, Babm. The author. Retrieved 2014-12-15. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "à bas le ciel: BABM: Japan's (inspiring?) answer to Esperanto". Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  4. ^ Arika Okrent, 2009, In the Land of Invented Languages, p. 14, Random House Digital.
  5. ^ Okrent, 2009, op. cit. supra, p. 16.


  • Okamoto, Rikichi [Fuishiki] (1962). Universal auxiliary language, Babm. Tokyo: The author. [Author appears as Fuishiki Okamoto.]
  • Okamoto, Rikichi [Fuishiki] (1964). Sekaigogakuron. Tokyo: Minseikan. [In Japanese.]

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