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Mando'a Lesson 3

Mother/Father                                                  Buir
Brother/Sister/Comrade                                   Vod
Older Brother/Sister                                         Ori'vod
Baby (under 3)                                                 Ik'aad
Child (3-13)                                                      Adiik
Daughter/Son                                                  Ad
Children                                                           Ade
Little One                                                         Ad'ika
Grandmother/Grandfather                               Ba'buir
Aunt/Uncle                                                       Ba'vodu
Grandchild                                                        Bu'ad
Friend                                                              Burc'ya
Ally (temporary)                                               Narudar
Ally                                                                   Tomad
Spouse/Partner                                                Riduur
People                                                             Adate/droten
Guardian/Protector                                          Cabuor

To Adopt                                                          Kir'manir

I adopt                                                             Ni kir'man
I adopted                                                         Ni ru kir'man
I didn't adopt                                                   Nu'ni kir'man
You adopt                                                        Gar kir'man
You adopted                                                    Gar ru kir'man
You didn't adopt                                               Nu'gar kir'man
He/she adopts                                                 Kaysh kir'man
He/she adopted                                               Kaysh ru kir'man
He/she didn't adopt                                         Ne'kaysh  kir'man
We adopt                                                          Mhi kir'mane
We adopted                                                       Mhi ru kir'mane
We didn't adopt                                               Ne'mhi kir'mane
They adopt                                                       Val kir'mane
They adopted                                                   Val ru kir'mane
They didn't adopt                                              Ne'val kir'mane

To Know/To hold in the heart                             Kar'taylir

I know                                                                Ni kar'tayl
I knew                                                                Ni ru kar'tayl
I don't know                                                       Nu'ni kar'tayl
I didn't know                                                      Nu'ni ru kar'tayl
You know                                                           Gar kar'tayl
You knew                                                           Gar ru kar'tayl
You don't know                                                   Nu'gar kar'tayl
You didn't know                                                  Nu'gar ru kar'tayl
He/she knows                                                    Kaysh kar'tayl
He/she knew                                                      Kaysh ru kar'tayl
He/she doesn't know                                          Ne'kaysh kar'tayl
He/she didn't know             Ne kaysh ru kar'tayl
We know                                                              Mhi kar'tayle
We knew                                                              Mhi ru kar'tayle
We don't know                                                     Ne'mhi kar'tayle
We didn't know                                                    Ne'mhi ru kar'tayle
They know                                                            Val kar'tayle
They knew                                                             Val ru kar'tayle
They don't know                                                    Ne'val kar'tayle
They didn't know                                                   Ne'val ru kar'tayle

Raise Children                                                        Ba'jurir

I am raising                                                            Ni ba'jur
I raised                                                                   Ni ru ba'jur
I didn't raise                                                           Nu'ni ba'jur
You are raising                                                       Gar ba'jur
You raised                                                              Gar ru ba'jur
You didn't raise                                                       Nu'gar ba'jur
He/she are raising                                                  Kaysh ba'jur
He/she raised                                                         Kaysh ru ba'jur
He/she didn't raise                                                 Ne'kaysh ba'jur
We are raising                                                        Mhi ba'jur
We raised                                                               Mhi ru ba'jur
We didn't raise                                                        Ne'mhi ba'jur
They are raising                                                      Val ba'jur
They raised                                                             Val ru ba'jur
They didn't raise                                                      Ne'val ba'jur

Family Related Terms and Phrases
Adoption Ceremony                                                                Gai bal manda
Adoption vow (I know your name as my child)              Ni kar'tayl gai sa'ad
Bloodline                                                                                 Tal'din
Bloodline is not important (No one cares who your father was, only the father you'll be)                                              Gar taldin ni jaonyc; gar sa buir, ori'wadaas'la
Family/Clan Name                                                                     Aliit
Divorce                                                                                 Shuk'la riduurok
Divorced parent (by child)                                                        Dar'buir
Family Lineage                                                                         Bui'tsad
Family is more than blood                                                  Aliit ori'shya tal'din
Love                                                                                         Kar'taylir darasuum
Love Bond                                                                                Riduurok
Pregnant                                                                                 Yaihadla
"The Right Stuff"                                                                      Mandokar

Of                                                        Be
Many                                                    Birov/Ori'sol
All                                                         An

I am Linzero of the MandoGeek clan.  This is my mother.  She raised many daughters.  We are all warriors.  I know your brother.  He is our ally.  How many sons has he raised?

Ni cuy Linzero be MandoGeek aliit.  Ibic cuy ner buir.  Kaysh ru ba'jur birov ade.  Mhi an cuye verde.  Ni kar'tayl gar vod.  Kaysh cuy mhor tomad.  Tion solet vode kaysh ru ba'jur?
Here we are! Lesson 3. All previous disclaimers apply:

*Mando’a is created by Karen Traviss for Star Wars
*This is all the property of LucasArts
*All this information (and more) can be found at KT’s webpage (and obviously at many SW ones) – I am just trying to teach myself this language the way it would be taught in a classroom (just sitting and reading the dictionary does me no good)
*Mando’a is an uncompleted language, and therefore these lessons will not be perfect
*At this time I am not adding the phonetics of the words to the lessons – I just don’t have the time right now – maybe I can add those later
*Also I won’t be doing anything with the actual Mando’a alphabet for awhile (just throwing that out there) but I expect I will try to pop it in a bit as future lessons progress
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Dego-Flamron Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
...are there really so few prepositions?
Linzero Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There are a few more in Lesson 2, but not many. I think at the time those were all I found.  I don't know if I missed any in the dictionary or if that really was all that she made at the time.  (It's been awhile since I've read through it.)
Dego-Flamron Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
Here's hoping Karen Traviss adds more words in her next book... if Disney would allow her to write more.  :/  I don't really know what's going to happen, now that Disney has taken over for Lucas Books / Lucas Arts
Alma93 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm really enjoying the lessons, thanks for all the effort you're putting in :)

Was reading 501st earlier and i think Kal'buir says something a little different from "Ni kir'man" when adopting Bard'ika.. If i remember rightly the verb had more y's.. Sure your version is right and the one i read was just a different verb or context, but just in case. :confused:

Keep up the good work, ner vod!
Linzero Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for your support!

And thanks for letting me know about the adoption discrepancy. To be honest, I've found one or two boo-boo's even in the dictionary, and I don't know it it is a context thing or just some misspellings.

So I will keep an eye out for those mistakes, and then if you all can catch MY mistakes, we should be home free. LOL.
Alma93 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
We Mando'ade have to work together to rid the world of spelling mistakes and bad grammar! *poses proudly*

Yeah, i can be a bit pedantic about those things at times (apart from the capital on "i"). Hope i didn't sound too nitpicky :)
AlaricKai Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
I'm with you on that! Bad grammar really annoys me.
foreverrussia1 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
You guys know theres a dictionary you can download on Karen Traviss's website...

This is more or less a bunch of words and their meanings, not a lesson, If you would actually explain how sentences and phonics work... this will be more than worth reading.

I'm not trying to be a critic or asshole, I'm just giving a suggestion and my honest opinion.
Linzero Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm learning how the sentences go together myself as I am writing this all out. Unfortunately, the best person to teach us that is Karen Traviss herself, and while she does provide a grammar guide, it doesn't cover everything.

And I do know about the dictionary. I'm just no good at learning a language by reading the dictonary alone. It makes my eyes cross a little.
foreverrussia1 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Well.... if you're just learning the language how come you're giving lessons of it?

This is actually a fine guide, but only a slight upgrade of a dictionary. Of course you can't learn a language by staring at a dictionary... but exactly how are you learning it? And isn't that pretty much what you're putting out (a detailed dictionary)?
Linzero Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I was creating these to teach myself, and thought other SW fans (RC fans especially) might like to see it.

I am basing the "lessons" off of how I was first taught french in school. Sadly, you start off that way, reciting "this is a pencil....where is the bathroom?" like an idiot for awhile. (or maybe that was just my school) You get your little weekly dictionaries (vocab) to memorize and the teachers hope you soak it all in to build up the ability to make conversation later.
foreverrussia1 Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Alright, whatever. Mando'a sounds like an interesting language.
CaroShadow Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist
yey. more more morrreeeee
Linzero Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I hope these make sense to people so far.
CaroShadow Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Hobbyist
yup. I gotta spend more time on it =D
SaintGlory Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
Yay for another lesson!
Linzero Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I hope you are enjoying these. At least I'm having fun making them.
SaintGlory Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
Oh, I am enjoying them. I'm a language-learning freak. :XD:
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