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Star Wars Galactic Phrase Book and Travel Guide

Star Wars Galactic Phrase Book and Travel Guide

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by Ben Burtt, Sergio Aragones (Illustrator)

Whether doing business with the Hutts or trying to get a decent haircut on Coruscant, Beeps, Bleats, and Boskas is an invaluable guide for anyone traveling through unfamiliar sections of the galaxy. Vividly illustrated by Sergio Aragones, this handy volume covers the basic situations galactic travelers may find themselves in—plus guidelines for


Whether doing business with the Hutts or trying to get a decent haircut on Coruscant, Beeps, Bleats, and Boskas is an invaluable guide for anyone traveling through unfamiliar sections of the galaxy. Vividly illustrated by Sergio Aragones, this handy volume covers the basic situations galactic travelers may find themselves in—plus guidelines for

• Greetings—H'chu apenkee, o'grandio lust: "Greetings, glorious host" in Huttese. It doesn't hurt you to be nice, and it might hurt you not to.
• Travel arrangements—Zat x'ratch keezo bompaz ha sheep: in Bocce, "That scratch was there when I rented the ship."
• Asking directions—Chi ita lungee: "I am lost," in Ewokese. Don't be afraid to seek help in the forest.
• Dining—Dis foosa isa berry good: "this food is good." It's always best to compliment your Gungan hosts.
• Bargaining for your life—Huwaa muaa mumwa: "Can I buy you a drink." in Wookiee-speak. Try it. It just might work.


Bonus!—An exclusive "Behind the Sounds" look at making of the Star Wars movies from Academy Award-winning Sound Editor Ben Burtt. Discover the secrets behind the roar of Chewbacca, the chatter of the cantina crowd, and R2-D2's unique eloquence.

Editorial Reviews

Written by an Academy Award winner, this Star Wars-worthy offering enables you to say, "Can I buy you in a drink?" in Wookiee-speak. After that, it's all up to you....
This tiny book is actually two books—even two types of books—in one. The first section is a tongue-in-cheek traveler's phrase book and etiquette guide to interacting with the most common species of the Star Wars(tm) universe. Readers learn how to refuse a serving of bark lizard when dining with an Ewok as well as how to count in Huttese—base eight for the uninitiated. Instructional essays in each chapter also will let readers know what local customs must be observed to travel safely around Sand People and Wookies, among others. The second half is a long essay by movie soundman Burtt that details how he devised the languages and sounds of all four Star Wars(tm) movies. Readers might have known that Chewbacca's voice was mostly recordings of a bear named Pooh, but do they know that Greedo from A New Hope spoke a modified version of Quechua, the ancient native language of Peru? Fans of the movies will enjoy both sections of the book. Science fiction readers who are not fans likely will get a chuckle out of the phrases they can learn, and anyone interested in the technical side of movie sound will be fascinated. It is well worth the small price tag and will fit on your paperback displays. Dopa na roka roka? Probably, but it is fun. Illus. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P J S A/YA (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2001, Ballantine, 175p,
— Timothy Capehart
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Any Star Wars fan, any science-fiction aficionado, any artist, or anyone interested in movies will find perusing this volume of artwork intriguing and entertaining. It contains drawings; digitally mastered pictures; paintings; sketches; mock-ups; and models of scenes, buildings, costumes, characters, spacecraft, and creatures. Details and perspective make each illustration stand out from the page; the vivid use of red and black permeates the art. Alien life-forms, new and familiar, abound. A feeling of connection and continuity flows through the art as some scenes and characters that appear in this volume are either from Episode I or in the original trilogy. Comments from the artists appear along with the artwork and guide readers through the materials. Not all of the art was used in the film and it adds an interesting perspective to be able to recognize which ideas were used and which were put aside. The screenplay and a picture of the movie poster are also included.-Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Greetings and Salutations

Making a good first impression is always impor-tant when meeting new life-forms. A casual wave of the hand, however, or extension of an arm for a handshake may result in the loss of your limb. So it is generally best to approach each new specimen slowly but confidently, keeping one hand ready to draw your weapon—if you are armed—and an eye open for a quick escape route should trouble come your way. Try to determine quickly just how many eyes and appendages you are dealing with, and make sure you recognize the front from the back. I’ve had many reports of travelers painfully mistreated by involuntary defense mechanisms on the backside of what was otherwise a friendly creature.

This chapter will give you the most probable phrases you need to greet a diversity of life-forms. The particular languages covered here are the most widespread in the galaxy, and chances are, someone will understand you. More specific and localized languages, such as Ewokese or Jawaese, for instance, are dealt with in detail in their own sections.

Pre-Corellian The most universal intergalactic greeting is derived from the ancient pre-Corellian salutation yaa-yaah. This sound is recognized by almost all air-breathing life-forms who vocalize by bellowing air from their lungs through a resonant vocal cavity. This phrase can be accompanied by a soft gesture of the right hand slightly extended with open hand palm downward. Even strictly visual communicators and most telepathic forms seem to understand this phrase when combined with the accompanying gesture. Note, though, that there is one known exception: Ugnaughts, common to Bespin and other Tibanna gas mining planets, take this as a personal insult and often respond by immediately hurling tools. Greet an Ugnaught by bowing silently, then await a guttural purring sound as a positive response. Otherwise, get ready to duck and roll.



To bid farewell, repeat the hand gesture and bow the head slightly. Use the ancient derivative of yaa-yaah for good-bye.



Both the above phrases are recognized as peaceful and respectful forms of salutation throughout the galaxy.


Whether we like it or not, so much business is done with the Hutts that a basic knowledge of that language is essential, especially for the executive and business traveler. More will be covered later in the chapter devoted to Huttese, but here are the basic salutations to get you started.


H’chu apenkee.

I am pleased to meet you.

Mee dunkee gunko.

Or, if the situation is a bit tense:

I come in peace.

Nee dolya pukee toba.

In a more formal situation—for example, meeting a Hutt lord:

Greetings, glorious host.

H’chu apenkee, o’ grandio lust.

If you are the host:



A common farewell:


Mee jewz ku.

Or, if more formality is needed:

May your juices stay fresh.

Twoos pa reeta bah flootah.

This is the best translation I can give of this antique Huttese idiom. Delivered with the proper air of humility, it expresses a profound respect for authority.

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This book is wonderful! It teaches you how to speak Bocce a bit of Pre-Corellian, Huttese, Ewokese, Shyriiwook (Wookiee-speak), Droidspeak, Jawaese, Tusken, Ganganese, Neimoidian, and Sullustan. It includes 'Behind the Sounds,' which shows how they made the sounds in Star Wars. It includes lots of details. Lastly, it includes an appendix with selected alien scenes from Star Wars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book out there. It teaches you how to speak and say phrases in Huttese, Bocce, Ewoks, Wookies, Droids, Jawas, Gungan, & Neimoidians. It also tells you how to bargain and more...