How to Get a Furby to Talk More

By Megan Allyce Snider
You can get your Furby to talk more with interaction and positive reinforcement.
You can get your Furby to talk more with interaction and positive reinforcement.

Furbys are fun and interesting electronic toys. A Furby cannot learn new words or information because it was already programmed with a data bank when it was made. You can, however, "unlock" English vocabulary from its memory bank and it will speak more English the more you talk and interact with it. According to, the Furby has more than 200 individual actions for you to discover. You can experiment with music and words to see if the Furby will talk to you, dance or move. Furbys can provide a child with hours of fun and interaction.

Play and interact with your Furby as much as possible. Furbys can only say what they are programmed to say; they begin speaking 80 per cent Furbish and 20 per cent English. After 20 hours of play, the Furby will speak 80 per cent English and 20 per cent Furbish. The Furby will remain in this language mode unless it is reset. Then you would have to engage the device all over again.

Talk to your Furby and pet its back twice when it answers in a way you approve of. Petting the Furby twice on the back shows it that it gave a good response, and it will use the response again in the future. The more you speak to it, the more it interacts and the more positive feedback you give it, the less Furbish language it will retain.

Make a loud noise in front of your Furby, and this will cause it to hum "Twinkle Twinkle Litte Star." You can either make a noise with your voice or clap your hands together to get the Furby to respond. If this is a good response for you, be sure to pet it twice on the back so it will repeat the action.

Move the Furby around, without blocking its sensors with your hands, and it will make different sounds. The Furby has five sensors on it: one on the crest that is a light sensor, one touch sensor on its stomach, an inside sensor to let it know if it has been picked up or held upside down, a touch sensor in the back and a sound sensor in the right ear to hear you with. Be sure not to touch these when you pick the Furby up. If you pick it up and propel it back and forth, it will gasp and yell, "Whee!" If you turn it upside down it will hiccup.

Allow your Furby to talk to another Furby. If a friend, someone you know or you yourself have an extra Furby, you can get them to talk to one another. You can do this by placing the Furbys within four feet of one another and making sure the Furbys are facing one another. Then rub the Furbys on their back or belly. Wait for the Furbys to start a "conversation." If this doesn't work the first time, simply try it again. Furbys can also talk to more than one other Furby at a time and have group "talking" sessions.


Be sure to positively reinforce proper behaviour with your Furby by rubbing its back twice.


Don't block any of the sensors on your Furby. Don't get your Furby wet. Do not try to "hack" your Furby's motherboard.