How to teach words to a Furby

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How to teach words to a Furby
The Furby speaks a mixture of Furbish and English. (Bethany Clarke/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

At the start, your Furby speaks mainly Furbish, its made up language, with only a smattering of English words thrown in. Over time, as you play with it, it will develop a unique personality and learn more English. Teaching words to your Furby requires persistence and patience, since you will need to repeat each word many times before your Furby starts saying it.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Interact with your Furby. The more you play with it and speak to it, the faster it will switch from its native Furbish language to English. If you just leave your Furby in a drawer most of the time, it is unlikely to learn much.

  2. 2

    Learn Furbish. You can translate what your Furby says using the dictionary provided on the official website. If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, or a newer Android phone or tablet, you can also install the official Furby app, which can listen to your Furby and translate what it says for you.

  3. 3

    Repeat the words you want your Furby to learn over and over. Pet or stroke your Furby while repeating the words to encourage it to learn through positive reinforcement.

  4. 4

    Play with your Furby in such a way that its personality changes. Different personalities can be more or less likely to say certain words: for example, the "evil" Furby personality is unlikely to profess its love for you or exclaim "OMG."

Tips and warnings

  • Speak to Furby from up close so it can hear you clearly.
  • Although Furby can reportedly learn any English word, words that are the English equivalent of Furbish words are likely to be the easiest to teach.

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