Updated Nov 18, 2022


Al Bhed is a fictional language from Final Fantasy X. It’s really just a substitution cipher over English, so “translation” is fairly trivial. The Al Bhed translator app concept has been done time and time again, and in fact, one of the first programs I ever wrote was an implementation of one in an obscure language called Just BASIC. I guess it’s the gaming equivalent of the Python IRC client.

My goal with AlBhedian was to attempt to make an “ultimate” one of sorts, with features collected from several others. The resulting app offers live two-way translation, an approximate pronunciation, and optionally renders in Al Bhed script. It’s built with vanilla JS and uses Tailwind for CSS.