{{Quote|Our finest poet describes it thus Gallum galla gilla ma.|Vortigaunt|Half-Life 2|Filepoet.ogg}}

'''Vortigese'''''Half-Life 2'' subtitles is the native language of the Vortigaunts. It is used by them for communication purposes and sometimes to help them conjure up their electrical attacks.

{{QuoteExternal|As for the vorts, I think it's just the passage of time. The first ones were purely an exercise in creature design. For hl2 we had to figure out how to give them a voice...working with an actor who had never heard the first game and didn't have any associations with the original creatures.|Marc Laidlawhttp//www.facepunch.com/threads/620064?p=31944347&viewfull=1 Irockz, The "I EMAILED SOMEBODY AT VALVE" thread, Facepunch}}
The language seems to consist of many words that start with the letter "G" (e.g. the All-Knowing Vortigaunt|All-Knowing Vortigaunt's phrase "Gallum Galla Gilla Ma"). None of the word's translations are currently known, and considering how the Vortigaunts describe the language and its connection with the Vortessence, humans may never even be able to understand it fully. Most Vortigaunts are fine with talking in English, but according to one in ''Half-Life 2'', when they are just by themselves or they wish to say "unflattering" things about humans they go back to talking in Vortigese.

The language differs greatly from ''Half-Life'' to ''Half-Life 2''. In ''Half-Life'', it is rather hoarse and aggressive. In comparison, it is soft and deep in ''Half-Life 2'' and its episodes. No explanation has been given so far, but when asked via e-mail from a Facepunch user Laidlaw stated that the ''Half-Life'' version of the language was merely an exercise in creature design and the voice actor for ''Half-Life 2'' didn't know what they sounded like in ''Half-Life''.

Conversations in Vortigese occur simultaneously; in other words, Vortigaunts talking to each other will talk at the same time, creating even more confusion for translation.

==List of appearances==
*''Half-Life Day One'' {{1st}} {{Ret}}
*''Half-Life'' {{Ret}}
*''Half-Life Uplink'' {{Nc}} {{Ret}}
*''Half-Life Opposing Force'' {{Ret}}
*''Half-Life Blue Shift'' {{Ret}}
*''Half-Life Decay'' {{Ret}}
*''Half-Life 2'' {{1stID}}
*''Half-Life 2 Episode One''
*''Half-Life 2 Episode Two''

==See also==
*Half-Life and Portal universe|''Half-Life'' series retcons


CategoryHalf-Life 2
CategoryHalf-Life Opposing Force
CategoryHalf-Life Blue Shift
CategoryHalf-Life Decay
CategoryHalf-Life 2
CategoryHalf-Life 2 Episode One
CategoryHalf-Life 2 Episode Two