If you’ve played The Sims before, you might have wondered at some point what sort of gibberish the characters are saying when conversing with one another.

Simlish is the fictional language spoken in SimNation. It’s basically a nonsense language that could be a mix of Ukrainian, Navajo, Romanian, Irish, and Tagalog– no one really knows for sure so fans just assume it’s all gibberish. The fictional language came to life when Will Wright, the game creator, decided the Sims needed dialogue but to use real language would make things repetitive. So he came up with words and phrases that are exclusively for the game.

Check out how they record Simlish in Electronic Arts studio and possibly learn the meaning of Simlish nonsense like the infamous “Sul Sul”.


While listening to the Sims speak in Simlish is one of the most fun aspects of playing the game, another feature that makes everything interesting is the soundtrack. It turns out that you don’t only encounter voice actors in that fictional world. Your favorite artists and musicians have recorded themselves performing their hit songs in Simlish. Here are some of them.

Katy Perry


The pop icon performed a Simlish version of her hit “Last Friday Night” for The Sims 3. After seeing her sing the line, “We ba stick it in a park skiba,” like she meant it, it’s hard to imagine what else this queen can’t do.

My Chemical Romance


Apparently, your sims could turn emo in the Late Night expansion pack with the addition of Gerard Way performing Na Na Na translated into Simlish. 



Some fans would claim that The Sims 2 is what introduced them to Paramore, and that the Simlish version of “Pressure” is the first song they’ve heard from this now legendary rock band. 

Carly Rae Jepsen


While the original “Run Away With Me” by the pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen is an ecstasy for fans (like most of her songs, tbh), the Simlish translation for The Sims 4 Get Together Soundtrack is another form of happiness even though the lyrics make zero sense. 

Related: Carly Rae Jepsen’s Latest Album Dedicated Side B is Out Now!

Tori Kelly


You know the artist is good when they’re singing lyrics that make no sense yet the song sounds amazing. Go jam to Tori Kelly singing her song “Expensive” in Simlish!

Read more: The Sims 20th Anniversary: Amazing Giveaways and More!

Which popular song performed in Simlish is your favorite?


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