The origins of Jouzhen are largely unknown. While Hoolian and Krakish share some similarities in how certain words are spelled and sound, Jouzhen shares almost no similarity with these two languages. However, Jouzhen does appear to utilize certain loanwords and cognates of Krakish origin, likely adopted after the arrival of Theo, a native Krakish speaker.
An example of one such cognate is H'ryth, a Jouzhen title given to an owl comparable to a sage or guru. Otulissa observes that H'ryth appears to stem from a Krakish word referring to the innermost part of the gizzard.
This is a list of known Jouzhen vocabulary. It is alphabetized by the Jouzhen word.
|Danyar||The Way of Noble Gentleness|
|Danyks||The owls of the Owlery, practitioners of the way of Danyar.|
|Guanjho-Noh||The Sea of Vastness|
|H’ryth||A title given to the wisest owl in the Middle Kingdoms. Stems from the Krakish word that means "the innermost part of the gizzard."|
|jing jangs||hail cusps|
|Jouzhen||the language of the Middle Kingdom|
|Jouzhenkyn||The Middle Kingdoms|
|Khyre Of Glaux||The Many Faces of Glaux|
|Pheng Gwuil||Honored Guest|
|Phonqua||Not easily translated. Best described as the the destiny and fate of all, easily tipped one way or the other. Those who believe in phonqua (namely Dragon owls )lead a simple life in hopes of repaying a debt and redeeming themselves. What they are actually redeeming themselves from is unknown. Comparable to karma.|
|Pikyu||A guide. Also refers to owls who are educated in the ways of Danyar and teachers at the Owlery.|
|Qui||No direct Hoolian equivalent. Can refer to a kite-like object made of parchment and controlled by strings.|
|Qui Dong||The Knower and Keeper of the Pearl Gates|
|Wind Bong||The last shriek of a mighty wind; the distinct sound generated when a strong gust of wind breaks through a notch in a mountain.|
|Ya Ni Ni||The feather that sticks out at the top of a Pikyu's bald head. It is said that zi fields originate from that particular feather.|
|Zhong Phong||The river of wind that connects the Hoolian World to Jouzhenkyn|
|Zi Field||The field of energy powered by the mind and body, a region of power and control. All creatures possess it.|
|Zi Kyan Mu||A battle move in which an owl smashes into an adversary, rendering it temporarily senseless without killing them|
|Zi Phan||The Talon like the Spiked Flower, a fighting move that is usually lethal|
|Zong Qui||The Breath of Qui, a cry which expands an owl's lungs with a large volume of air. By exhaling, the owl is propelled forward at incredible speed. The owl turns its very body into a weapon, using it to strike an opponent with every fiber of its being. This powerful blow is capable of stunning foes or even rendering them unconscious|
|strezhing||hailing from/to hail from|
- Readers have observed that Jouzhen sounds similar to Mandarin Chinese.