Aruetii ba’jurir dajun

February 26, 2006

Lesson 1

Filed under: Lessons — adennverd @ 8:01 pm

Su’cuy, ner vode! This is Aruetii ba’jurir dajun, made to help you learn Mando’a easier.

Download the Mando’a learning program here!

(podcast here)

Today, we’ll go over a few basics, as well as learn how to ask or tell who somebody is, and ask or tell where somebody is from.

Since mando’a is more of a spoken than written language, It’s very flexible. The verb “to be” (cuyir) is usually dropped, as is the article “the” (haar, te), and the indefinite article “an” (eyn). Those three are usually used for emphasis, and not normal speech. The context of a sentence will usually let you know what someone is referring to.

For example, instead of saying, “you’re an idiot,” in mando’a, you would say “you idiot.” And instead of saying “That’s the millennium Falcon,” you would say, “That millennium falcon.”

Keep in mind that there is no gender in Mando’a, and only one verb conjugation, the infinitive form of the verb, and the regular form: Cuyir becomes Cuyi.

Ni – I
Gar – You, your
Kaysh – He, him, his, her, hers
Mhi – We
Val – They, theirs
Ad – General term for son, daughter, kid, or even lad.
Ade – Sons and daughters

The most basic phrase asking who somebody is would be “Tion’ad,” meaning “who?” Tion is the questioning prefix; adding Tion to a statement turns it into a question.

So, logically, “Tion’ad gar” would mean “who are you?”

From there, we can infer that:
“Tion’ad Kaysh” – Who is he/she?
“Tion’ad Val” – Who are they?

In response, you would say “Kaysh Bralor,” Bralor being the name of the person you’re talking about.

“Ni Bralor” – I’m Bralor
“Gar Bralor” – You’re Bralor
“Kaysh Bralor” – He/she is Bralor
“Mhi Mando’ade” – We’re Mandalorians
“Val aruetiise” – They’re outsiders

To ask where somebody is from, you might ask “Tion’vaii teh?” meaning literally, “where from?” If you wanted to be more specific to the person you were talking to, you may ask “Tion’vaii gar teh?” If you didn’t exactly know the person you were asking about, you may ask “Tion’vaii kaysh teh?” Which means “Where is he from?”
Ad is a general term which basically means lad, son, or boy. However, for females, you would use the diminutive form, ad’ika, which in the context of a female can mean sweetie, darling, or girlie. The question, “Tion’vaii ad’ika teh”, can mean both “Where’s that cutie from?” and “where is that kid from?” although it’s not a question you would want to be asking around at a bar with Mandalorians.

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21 Comments »

  1. this is a great podcast, thanks a lot! keep up the good work!

    Comment by sithspawn191 — March 1, 2006 @ 1:16 am

  2. me and my friend big fans of your work 😀 love mando’a 😀 hope to see more lessons in future.

    Comment by Valens — August 1, 2006 @ 12:05 pm

  3. please make more words i wish to learn more thank you

    Comment by matthew — August 7, 2006 @ 5:14 am

  4. I don’t make the words, sorry. :/

    Look at the links on the side for more info on Mando’a.

    Comment by silentshadow900 — August 7, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

  5. very nice, you have the sound of a professional. i look forward to lesson 2 and i also support your idea for a mando’a speaking chat room, i myself am trying to learn mando’a (obviously) and have used alot of sources such as from wookiepedia but haven’t found any good sound files until now, please, if i may ask, email any new info on mando’a so i may join your online mando’a chatroom.

    ps.
    what is that song at the end of lesson 1? where can i find it?

    Drinking song from wookiepedia

    Buy’ce gal, buy’ce tal
    Vebor’ad ures aliit
    Mhi draar baat’i meg’parjii’se
    Kote lo’shebs’ul narit

    Comment by Anthony Nordby — December 24, 2006 @ 9:14 am

  6. Thanks for the help, i’ve been trying to learn on my own without much success, i like these more structured lessons with a quiz at the end. GOOD JOB!

    Comment by tyler vadnie — January 16, 2007 @ 5:16 am

  7. This was just the thing I was looking for, I just want to thank you for posting these lessons. I also look forward to lesson 2.

    Thank you.

    Comment by Justin Hoyt — January 27, 2007 @ 7:07 am

  8. Ori’jate, Adenn’verd! You’re not on the clone commando forums, are you?

    Comment by Ruusaan — June 24, 2007 @ 8:14 pm

  9. Um,hope I don’t sound dikut’la or something,but,where are the other lessons?I see One, but no others.Help!

    Comment by Mand'alor te sol'yc — August 2, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

  10. well, the lesson was good but what about more of them? That would be nice!

    Comment by kameroon — August 29, 2007 @ 10:55 pm

  11. This is kandosii vod. Exactly what every Mandalorian fan needed.

    Comment by Jordan sonmor — February 19, 2009 @ 4:05 am

  12. Uhm.. the lesson didn’t work for me. I download it, open with winrar, and it tells me the file is broken. Around 74kb?

    Comment by Darim — March 24, 2009 @ 10:49 am

  13. You shud r3ally put up mor lessons but this was helpful

    Comment by Taz — April 8, 2009 @ 1:09 pm

  14. Ah nice, I was looking foward to learn Huttese but this language looks more complete. I know that on wookieepedia we can have all the words but it loooks complicated. One question, if we want to write, is it in Aurebesh?

    Comment by Villian Dance — May 17, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

  15. It has its own written language. link.. http://www.karentraviss.com/html/alphabet.htm

    Comment by Brad Ward — June 7, 2009 @ 9:35 pm

  16. I think we can forget it.. its been years he aint commin back.

    Comment by Brad Ward — June 7, 2009 @ 9:41 pm

  17. Do you realize that calling a girl “sweetie” in any way is offensive in Mando culture? I’m pretty sure whoever you’re talking to is going to punch you in the face. Unless you’re seriously joking. Ha, I said an oxymoron.

    Comment by Adriane — July 16, 2009 @ 10:30 pm

  18. It’s been awhile since any activity has happened on this site, but the the ad’ika lesson bothered me.

    It’s true that ‘ika and ‘ike(pl) are diminutive, but not in the German sense. Fraulein in German means “little women” and is of course offensive in this day and age.

    I was lead to believe it was more like ancient Greek (little-nephew, little-old-uncle) where it’s a term of endearment.

    Calling someone ad’ika (or multiple people ad’ike) can be used for either gender, not just female. By adding ‘ika would then make son, daughter, lad, into sweetie, sweetheart, sweet-pea, handsome, beautiful, darling, love, honey, little girl, little man, any term of endearment for a child.

    Just like adding it vod wouldn’t be calling your friend a girl or weak in any sense. Vod’ika, literally meaning “little brother”, is used regardless if the other person is older than you and means best-friend, -mate, -buddy, and dear-brother, dearest-brother, best-brother. In cases with some people, just calling them your brother needs no prefix to let them know they’re close to your heart.

    I hope any vod’ike agrees with this and I’m willing to read any feed back, agreements and friendly disagreement, that might happen my way. Oya Manda!

    Comment by Sparky — December 16, 2009 @ 9:38 pm

  19. I Loved this lesson, I wish he had made more people would have learned Mando’a in half a second!! Lol =)

    Comment by Lord Revan 104 — October 15, 2011 @ 4:51 am

  20. When will you make more lessons. I have been to all of the learn mando’a sites and by far this one is my favorite.

    Comment by want to learn mando'a — November 9, 2016 @ 5:21 pm

  21. Please respond to this post so that I can know that someone else beside me is on this site.

    Comment by want to learn mando'a — November 9, 2016 @ 5:40 pm


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