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Volapuk symbol.svg
Logo of the Volapük movement (2nd phase)
Created byJohann Martin Schleyer
Setting and usageInternational: mostly in Europe
Users20 (2000)[1]
Sourcesvocabulary from English, German, and French
Official status
Regulated byKadäm Volapüka
Language codes
ISO 639-1vo
ISO 639-2vol
ISO 639-3vol
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Volapük is a constructed language created in 1880 by Johann Martin Schleyer. Schleyer was a Catholic priest from Germany. He felt that God had told him in a dream to make an international language. Volapük conventions took place in 1884, 1887, and 1889. The aim was to help people from different cultures speak to each other.

Volapük became less popular after 1887 when Esperanto was published. Part of the reason was that Esperanto is easier to learn with a simpler grammar. There are believed to only be 20-30 Volapük speakers in the world today.

The vocabulary of Volapük is mostly English, with some words from German and French.

"Vol" and "pük" come from the English words "world" and "speech". The grammar is based on Indo-European languages.

An example of Volapük is the translation of the Lord's prayer:


    O Fat obas, kel binol in süls, paisaludomöz nem ola!
    Kömomöd monargän ola!
    Jenomöz vil olik, äs in sül, i su tal!
    Bodi obsik vädeliki govolös obes adelo!
    E pardolös obes debis obsik,
    äs id obs aipardobs debeles obas.
    E no obis nindukolös in tendadi;
    sod aidalivolös obis de bas.

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