Minecraft's enchanting language does have an English translation, although the phrases used may surprise you.

How to Read Minecraft’s Enchanting Table Language

Minecraft's enchanting language does have an English translation, although the phrases used may surprise you.

While Minecraft’s enchanting table language isn’t actually new, as the alphabet dates back to 2001 and hails from the classic Commander Keen PC game, there’s a renewed interest in understanding it. 

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Have you been dying to know what your Minecraft item enchantments actually say and want to directly read the Standard Galactic Alphabet used in enchanting tables? If so, read on because … 

There’s, unfortunately, no rhyme or reason to them you just get randomized words and phrases that don’t have any meaning or correlation to the enchantment. On the one hand, that’s not particularly helpful for the actual process of enchanting, but on the other hand, it can result in some truly hilarious descriptions.

Of course, a language only a handful of people understands make the enchanting language particularly suited to that other favored pastime of the gaming community: secret codes!

Here’s the specific translation for each letter:

Now, you could painstakingly reference the translation table above to convert every letter in any given sentence, but that’s a lot of work. 

Instead, some dedicated fans have put together a conversion tool that works just like Google Translate, except it translates English to Standard Galactic Alphabet.

Have fun making up your own enchanting language text over here, or instead use the tool to instantly read any text from an enchanting table.

Now that you know how to read Minecraft’s enchanting table language, be sure to check our other latest Minecraft guides here:


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