- “This language has been spoken on Dinosaur Planet for thousands of years, since their first encounter with off-worlders. Before that, they got by with grunts and roars; a few still do, but most have adopted this relatively new language.”
- —Instruction Booklet, Dino Language pg 28
Krystal and apparently Slippy (who translates what the Queen EarthWalker says himself before he finishes the translating device) know Dino well, and are the only known non-inhabitants of Sauria who do. The only known inhabitants that know English are the WarpStone and ShopKeeper, and potentially Tricky by the events of Assault. Shortly after Fox McCloud rescues Tricky from the SharpClaws, Slippy activates a translator device so Fox hears everything that is said in English.
It uses the same written runes as the language used by most other denizens of the Lylat System, except with simple letter substitutions. Consonants are always replaced by consonants and vowels alter into vowels. The letter M stays the same. Y translates into 0, which is pronounced "OO". In certain circumstances, the "x" that "h" becomes is not pronounced "x"; e.g., "the" becomes "kxo", said /kei'-o/. The sole exception to this rule are proper nouns, in which case, they are said exactly the same as galactic standard (i.e. Prince Tricky = Prince Tricky in Dino).
Below is an example of the final translation.
- “De edo sud tovouk GENERAL SCALES! (Translation: No one can defeat GENERAL SCALES!)”
- —General Scales
- Some dinosaur tribes and other native creatures have not as of yet adapted to this language, such as the more savage tribes. These include the RedEye, FireCrawler, Kalda Chom and Bloop.
- Contrary to popular belief, it was never officially named Saurian.
- When the fourth Cheat Token is collected and placed in the WarpStone's Game Well Maze, it will activate the option to allow the subtitiles to appear in Dino; however, there are many spelling errors in the translation.
- Krystal's understanding and speaking of this language may be atrributed to her telepathic ability, which was seen in Star Fox: Assault.
- It is often noted by game players that when Fox and Tricky hear Krystal's cries of agony at Moon Mountain Pass, her cries are spoken in Dino talk, despite the fact that Fox had his working translator at the time. Even more interesting is that unused dialogue from the game has revealed the same quotes were recorded in English too. The reason why Rare used the Dino language recordings is unknown.
- As noted, proper nouns are said according to galactic standard, even though the words that make them up are not; e.g., in the introduction, Krystal refers to "u meidkuad" ("a mountain"), but later, the Queen Earthwalker refers to "Ice Mountain".
- Star Fox Adventures, Instruction Booklet, pg 28 (pages are not included in the PAL Region's manual).