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Mando'a Lesson 1

First Meetings
My name is                                                                Ner gai _______
Your name is                                                            Gar gai _______
What's your name? /Who are you?                         Tion gar gai?
Good to meet you                                                    Jate'urcye gar

What's new with you? (How are you?)                 Me'vaar ti gar?
So you're still alive (Hello)                                        Su cuy'gar
Hi!                                                                            Su'cuy
Let me buy you a drink                                            Gal'gala
Welcome                                                                 Olarom
What do you want?/What would you like?              Me'copaani?
You looking at me funny, pal?                                 Duraani, burc'ya?
Are you looking for a smack in the face, mate?        Copaani mirshmure'cye vod?

Bye!  (See you!)                                                       Ret'!
Get out! (Get lost!)                                                 Slana'pir!
Go away!                                                                 Usen'ye!
Maybe we'll meet again (Goodbye)                          Ret'urcye mhi
Stay alive (Come back safely)                                  K'oyacyi!

I /Me                                                                        Ni
My/Mine                                                                   Ner
You/Your                                                                 Gar
He, him, his /She, her, hers                                     Kaysh
They/Theirs                                                             Val
We/Us                                                                     Mhi
Ours                                                                        Mhor

To be            Cuyir

I am      Ni [cuy]     
I was      Ni ru [cuy]
I am not      Nu'ni [cuy]

You are       Gar [cuy]     
You were       Gar ru [cuy]
You are not    Nu'gar [cuy]

He/she is            Kaysh [cuy]      
He/she was        Kaysh ru [cuy]     
He/She is not      Ne'Kaysh [cuy]

They are             Val [cuye]     
They were            Val ru [cuye]    
They are not         Ne'val [cuye]

We are                   Mhi [cuye]     
We were                Mhi ru [cuye]
We are not             Ne'mhi [cuye]

People (titles/nouns)
Man                                                                          Jag
Male                                                                         Jagyc
Woman                                                                 Dala
Female                                                                 Dalyc

Archivist/Reporter                                                    Tay'haai
Bandit/Petty Thief/Villan                                          Ge'hutuun
Battalion                                                                 Akaata
Bodyguard                                                               Ver'gebuir
Jedi                                                                          Jetii
Captain                                                                    Alor'ad
Chancellor                                                                Alor
Civilian                                                                     Neverd
Corporal                                                                 Alor'uus
Commander                                                             Al'verde
Commando                                                              Ramikad
Count                                                                      Soletar
Courtesan                                                               Veriduur
Coward                                                                   Hut'uun
Engineer                                                                 Gotabor
Farmer                                                                     Vhett
Grenadier                                                                Goor'verd
Guard                                                                      Aran
Guardian/Protector                                                  Cabur
Killer/Assasin                                                           Kyramud
Leader/Chief/Boss/Officer/Constable                      Alor
Lieutenant                                                               Ver'alor
Medic                                                                       Baar'ur
Mercenary                                                               Ver'verd
Neighbour                                                                Yaimi
Prisoner                                                                   Mirci't
Private                                                                     Verd'ika
Pupil/Student                                                           Hibir
Sniper                                                                      Ram'ser
Sergeant                                                                  Ruus'alor
Sith                                                                          Darjetii
Soldier/Warrior                                                        Verd
SuperCommando                                                     Ori'ramikad
Traitor/Foreigner/Outsider                                       Aruetii
Blacksmith/metal worker                                          Goran
Fans/Supporters/Devotees                                      Cyar'tomade

Su'cuy!  Ner gai Linzero. Tion gar gai?  Ni cuy Dala.  Ni cuy Tay'haai.  Bic ru jate'urcye gar.  Ret'urcye mhi!

(Hi!  My name is Linzero.  What's your name?  I am a woman.  I am a Librarian.   It was good to meet you.  Maybe we'll meet again someday!)
Welcome to the Mandalorian language, which was created by Karen Traviss/LucasArts. I have taken the dictionary, grammar guide and every other scrap of information I could find and have started trying to put them in an order that [theoretically] could be taught in a classroom. I know that Mando’a may never be completed as a language now, but I wanted to try to teach myself as much as I could.

So yeah, none of this belongs to me. Its all property of LucasArts; created by Karen Traviss.
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Cagalaar Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
So I have taken all your 15 lessons and have put them into a word document I put them in boxes with the English/mando and as well I am making a box for the pronunciations as well. I have added a few things and right now I am at 45 pages worth with all the pronunciations. If anyone would like I can email a whole copy when I have completed. Let me know if enough people want it I would be happy to help others out.

Naak cuyir ti gary burc'ya
Flutterpercursor Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015
I want one if you still have it.
Ashamur-Ijaat Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
I've started teaching Mando'a to a small group of people on the Star Wars Gamer's group on Steam. I base some of what I do off of your lessons here, but of course I use the mando'a dictionary for a lot of it as well since I teach it verbally as well (so pronunciation matters) Anyways, thank you for creating these helpful guides.
Linzero Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!  I'm always happy to hear these lessons help people out!  ^_^
Speciesunkn0wn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Could you add the pronunciation of the words to the lesson groups? That way one can read it properly and later, speak it properly rather than just typing?
Linzero Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have any plans at this time to add a pronunciation guide, sorry.  Maybe in the future.
Speciesunkn0wn Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Ah. ok. :3
sop56 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Su'cuy! Ni gai sop56. Ni cuy hibir. Jate'uchye gar!  Ret'! 
Linzero Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Vor'e par haa'tayli!
sop56 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ba'gedet'ye!  What does haa'tayli mean?
Linzero Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's the verb "to see".  There wasn't a verb for reading or taking a look, so I kinda misused it.  Gotta work with what we've got.  ^_^
sop56 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah ok. Cool! Thanks for telling me!
centaurmarines Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014

I hit the "Download" button, but it just sent be back to this page. 


How can I download this wonderful article (and the others) without "cut - and - paste" ing each one into a word document please? 



Linzero Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, if you need more then just "fave"ing the lesson, you'll have to cut and paste it - I don't have it available for download.
mandmrulez Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Thank god you created this. The dictionary is good for translations but like any other two language dictionary, it's just too confusing for me to learn. :-(
Luckily though, you invented this, something i can learn from! My mind just can't wrap around so many words all bunched together. But this? This is something i can learn from! Thank you again!
Linzero Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. I can't learn a language by reading a dictionary either, and I'm always glad to hear someone else is getting a use out of these lessons. ^_^
MandoSkyrd Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
ori'vor'e ner vod , ori'vor'e
Linzero Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
arathia1 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for putting these together - this is structured in the most conversational way to learn that I have seen on the net
Linzero Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I'm always glad to hear someone can get use out of these. ^_^
rook129 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ori'vore for this ner vod! As a true Mandalorian this will help me alot in learning the language!!!
Linzero Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ba'gedet'ye! Always glad to learn someone can use these! ^_^
Shikyo-Uchiha Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Su'cuy! I have read the RepCom books and consider myself mando in all sense out of anything in the SW realm, and I aspire to be a part of the Mandalorian Mercs one of these days! Though I have lost touch with the language, because of school and other things, I have decided I want to get back into the swing of things again, so thank you for having these lessons up here! It is a very nice reference and you have done a great job of it! Ret'urcye mhi!
Linzero Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Vor'e! I'm a big fan of the Repcom books too and I'm always glad to hear that someone can make use of these lessons. Have fun!
Shikyo-Uchiha Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep! ^^ I will be using them as reference whenever I get the chance :)
Dragoness-of-Night Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE IT! I'm part of the Mando Mercs and looking to learn the language!
Linzero Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Glad it can be of use to you. ^_^
GallifreyanGhostGirl Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:) Have you tried picking apart the words for the literal meaning? It's quite fun!
For example: Darjetii - technically means Sith, but when pulled apart, it literally means 'not Jedi' or 'no longer Jedi'.
Linzero Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's neat that way, isn't it? Makes it easier to learn. ^_^
GallifreyanGhostGirl Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep! :D
Mandomight Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010   Writer
And so Mandomight's journey to Mando'a begun.

Theta-Xi Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
How frickin' cool is that!
Finally something useful for me! :D
Thank you for doing this! ^^
Linzero Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like it. LOL I hope everyone finds it useful, putting this all in order is certainly helping me.
Delta-SixSevenNineOh Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I Look forward to seeing more in this format :D
Jate bora, ner vod!
Nocte-Vagus Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Student Writer
You do know this is all available to download here:[link] right? Lol
Linzero Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I do, and I have that as well. But I'd rather teach myself a language with a lesson plan, than just by reading a dictionary. ^_~ It's just the way my brain works.
Nocte-Vagus Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Student Writer
Lol, ok. Just thought I'd ask. ^_^
CaroShadow Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Hobbyist
I tried reading the dictionary. my concentration never lasts further then c or so and I don't remember any of it X.X
Delta-SixSevenNineOh Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's stated that that's where the info came from, This is just laid out in the same way that languages are taught in school, starting with essentials first.
Alma93 Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Kandosii ner vod! Have been meaning to teach myself more Mando'a for ages. This is going to be really useful :)
Kristafee Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jate bora Vod'ika. Ba'jurir haar aruetiise!! Taylir haar joha o'r gar b'kar'ta, ratiin.
Linzero Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad everyone likes it! More shall follow as soon as I can group things together logically!
CaroShadow Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist
*starts learning*
SaintGlory Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
It's a great idea and a great job! Keep on doing it and my gratitude will be eternal! :XD:
NightAssailant Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Student General Artist
That's really helpful. Thanks. :)
Evolvana Featured By Owner May 12, 2010   Digital Artist
That's really cool, very good job :) thanks again for that!
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