Mando'a

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Mando'a, short for "Mando joha" or "Mandalorian language", is the language of the Mandalorians. The Mando'a dictionary and grammar guide can be found here.

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A sample of Mando'a reading: "Kyr'amu ori'adate akay val kyrayc, bal kyr'amu ori'adate tug'yc." which roughly translates to "Kill them till they're dead, and then kill them some more."

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Grammar

Mando'a is primarily a spoken language and as such has developed in such a way that it promotes ease of use. There are however some differences that can be difficult for a speaker of Basic, such as the Mandalorian concepts on tense and gender-neutrality. Rather than use verb tenses mando'a uses the prefixes "ru" for past and "ven" for future, however tense is often dropped colloquially due to the Mandalorian beliefs about history and the knowledge that tomorrow may never come. There are also no passive verbs in Mando'a as only active verbs are necessary. In regards to gender it is usually implied by context with gender specific words in basic such as mother and father being translated to one word "buir" and "mesh'la" being translated to both beautiful and handsome. When it is necessary to specify gender it is done by the use of the adjectives for male and female, "jagyc" and "dalyc" were used.

Mando'a makes frequent use of prefixes to denote the tone of a sentence. "Tion" was used to denote questions while "Ke" was used to denote commands, these were often added onto the first word in the sentence followed by a sigh known in Mando'a as a "beten" and denoted in writing with an apostrophe. The sigh was also used for a variety of other reasons such as pronunciation, breathing, dropped letters, and contractions. Negatives are done using the prefix n', nu, nu', or ne and the word "Dar" meaning "no longer" as is used in the word "Dar'jetii" literally meaning "No longer Jedi" which was generally used for referring to Sith.

A number of suffixes are used in the language for various reasons, all verbs use -ir, -ar, -ur, -or, or -er to denote the infinitive form with the -r dropped to produce the verb stem. Adjectives and adverbs are formed with the suffixes -la or -yc added onto other words although no distinction is ever made between adjectives and adverbs. Comparatives use the -shy'a suffix while the superlative uses the -ne suffix, for example "jate" or good becomes "jate'shya" for better or "jatne" for best. Articles such as "the" and "an" are generally unused unless they are added for emphasis.

Vocabulary

Numbers

  • 1 – solus
  • 2 – t’ad
  • 3 – ehn
  • 4 – cuir
  • 5 – rayshe’a
  • 6 – resol
  • 7 – e’tad
  • 8 – sh’ehn
  • 9 – she’cu
  • 10 – ta’raysh
  • 11 – ta’raysh solus
  • 12 – ta’raysh t’ad
  • 13 – ta’raysh ehn
  • 14 – ta’raysh cuir
  • 15 – ta’raysh rayshe’a
  • 16 – ta’raysh resol
  • 17 – ta’raysh e’tad
  • 18 – ta’raysh sh’ehn
  • 19 – ta’raysh she’cu
  • 20 – ad’eta
  • 30 – ehn’eta
  • 40 – cur’eta
  • 50 – she’eta
  • 60 – rol’eta
  • 70 – tad’eta
  • 80 – shehn’eta
  • 90 – shek’eta
  • 100 – olan
  • 1,000 – ta’raysh’olan

Ordinal Numbers

  • 1st - Sol'yc
  • 2nd - T'adyc
  • 3rd - Ehn'yc
  • 4th - Cu'yc
  • 5th - Raysh'yc
  • 6th - Resol'yc
  • 7th - E’tadyc
  • 8th - Sh'ehnyc
  • 9th - Sh'ecyc
  • 10th - Ta’rayshyc
  • 11th - Ta’raysh sol'yc
  • 12th - Ta’raysh t'adyc
  • 13th - Ta’raysh ehn'yc
  • 14th - Ta’raysh cu'yc
  • 15th - Ta’raysh raysh'yc
  • 16th - Ta’raysh resol'yc
  • 17th - Ta’raysh e'tadyc
  • 18th - Ta’raysh sh'ehnyc
  • 19th - Ta’raysh sh'ecyc
  • 20th - Ad’etyc
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