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To learn more languages in DnD 5e, you must receive training from an instructor for 10 workweeks, reduced by a number equal to your Intelligence modifier. This costs 25 gp per workweek.

So, if you have a +1 Intelligence modifier, it would take 9 workweeks (45 days) and 225 gp to learn a new language.

A character must spend at least 8 hours each workday committed to learning the language for that day to “count” toward their training time. However, the days need not be consecutive. You can still go on adventures between your Abyssal study sessions.

Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, pg. 134


The easier way to learn more languages is to pick up the Linguist feat, which grants you +3 languages of your choice, along with +1 Intelligence and the ability to create ciphers.

You can also get the Prodigy feat as a Half-Elf, Half-Orc, or Human, granting +1 language, +1 tool proficiency, +1 skill proficiency, and +1 Expertise.

Character Choices

Other character choices can grant more languages. Many backgrounds grants +1 language, and races grant languages as well. Below are some standout character build options that give access to more languages:

  • Half-elf: 3 languages

  • Acolyte (background): 2 languages

  • Ranger level 14: 3 languages

  • Knowledge Cleric: 2 languages

  • Mastermind Rogue: 3 languages

  • Druid: 1 language (Druidic)

  • Draconic Sorcerer: 1 language (Draconic)

  • Shepherds Druid: 1 language (Sylvan)

  • Cavalier Fighter: 1 language

  • Monk level 13: All spoken languages

Standard Languages

Language Typical Speakers Script
Common Humans 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

Language Typical Speakers Script
Abyssal Demons Infernal
Celestial Celestials Celestial
Draconic Dragons, dragonborn Draconic
Deep Speech Aboleths, cloakers
Infernal Devils Infernal
Primordial Elementals Dwarvish
Sylvan Fey creatures Elvish
Undercommon Underworld traders Elvish

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