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"It isn't an easy language to learn, what with all the growls and howls. Big Z told me the whole point was to make it difficult for outsiders to understand."
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Shyriiwook, also known as Wookieespeak, was the main trade language of the Wookiees. In Basic, Shyriiwook translates to "tongue of the tree people". It was not the only Wookiee language, but, being the main trade language, it was the language understood by most non-Wookiees who understood "the Wookiee language" — in fact, most non-Wookiees were unaware of the existence of multiple Wookiee languages.

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To outsiders, this language usually sounded like mere animalistic barks, roars, growls, and moans, conveying little more than emotion. However, Shyriiwook was in fact just as much an intelligent language as Basic.

The unique design of the Wookiee throat made Shyriiwook a very difficult, even impossible language to speak for most non-Wookiees; presumably the word Shyriiwook itself, as well as other Wookiee words or names, were transliterations of the original Wookiee sounds into a form more easily pronounced by others. No tongue or lip movement was required to speak Shyriiwook; the jaw was typically locked open, with sound emanating from the throat and back of the mouth.

It was also incredibly difficult, if not impossible, for most Wookiees to learn to speak Basic. As a result, most inter-species communication involving Wookiees had to be carried out in a bilingual format, usually with the Wookiee speaking Shyriiwook and the other party speaking Basic.

Leia Organa Solo encountered a Wookiee with a speech impediment which conveniently rendered his Shyriiwook pronunciation much easier to understand by Leia, who was learning the language at the time.

Shyriiwook had over 150 words for 'wood', depending on content, grain, moisture and underlying structure. It also had fifteen separate words meaning 'violence'.[1]

However, standard Shyriiwook was considered lacking in suitable terminology, and perhaps semantic precision, for many technical subjects. Accordingly, when Wookiees talked about topics such as starship maintenance, the Thykarann dialect was often preferred, with many Wookiees capable of switching between the two with relative ease.

Another Wookiee language, Xaczik, was indigenous to the Wartaki Islands on Kashyyyk and several outlying coastal regions. While Shyriiwook remained the common language of Wookiee trade and travel, the much rarer Xaczik language became the secret language of the Wookiee underground when Imperial forces took over their planet.

Examples

  • Wyaaaaaa. Ruh ruh. ("Hello. How are you?")
  • Huwaa muaa mumwa. ("Can I buy you a drink?")
  • Wua ga ma uma ahuma ooma. ("I think my arm has been pulled out of the socket.")
  • Youw. ("Goodbye.")
  • Kabukk ("Ancestor", "councilor", or "guide"; a common suffix to many Wookiee names.)
  • Wyogg, ur oh. ("I am well, thank you.")
  • Ruh gwyaaaag. ("I am a friend.")
  • Roooarrgh ur roo. ("I have a bad feeling about this.")[2]
  • Hnn-rowr yrroonn nng rarrr!' ("Long live the New Republic!")[3]
  • Rrargrarg? ("Can I ask another favor?")[4]
  • Rowr ahragh awf ahraroww rowh rohngr grgrff rf rf. (approximately: "He says he's a Jedi Knight now.")[5]
  • RRRrrruurgh! Arrggg! ("I'm not happy about this situation.")[6]
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Common words

  • haaag ("doorway")
  • awa ("go")
  • yo agaaha ("headache")
  • yaag ("how")
  • muawa ("no")
  • ohh haa ("okay")
  • wuahh ("what")
  • huaahh ("when")
  • muaahh ("who")
  • ah wu aaa ("why")
  • uma ("yes")
  • hrrrrrnnnn ("right")
  • ur oh ("thank you")
  • yuow ("good-bye")
  • kourasaa ("coruscant")
  • oid ("droid")
  • yurinal ("journal")
  • muaarga ("peace")
  • rooohu ("you")
  • wwrcahwowhwa ("friend")
  • rahool ("fool")
  • rah-rear rahh ("come here")

Counting in Shyriiwook

  • (1) ah
  • (2) ah-ah
  • (3) a-oo-ah
  • (4) wyoorg
  • (5) ah wyoorg
  • (6) hu yourg
  • (7) muwaa yourg
  • (8) ah muwaa yourg
  • (9) a-oo-mu
  • (10) a-oo-mu wyad

Notable non-native users of Shyriiwook


Appearances

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Non-canon appearances

Sources

Notes and references

  1. Star Wars 5: Lo, The Moons of Yavin
  2. Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, First Edition
  3. Empire's End
  4. Before the Storm
  5. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (novel)
  6. Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, Second Edition
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Star Wars Gamer 6
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 New Jedi Order Sourcebook
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Power of the Jedi Sourcebook
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 10.9 Star Wars Gamer 9
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 11.9 Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Rebellion Era Sourcebook
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Coruscant and the Core Worlds
  14. The Prize Pelt: The Tale of Bossk
  15. "MidWorld"
  16. Secrets of the Sisar Run
  17. 17.0 17.1 Star Wars Gamer 7
  18. Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  19. Galaxy Guide 2: Yavin and Bespin, Second Edition
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Star Wars Gamer 8
  21. 21.0 21.1 Tempest Feud
  22. The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide
  23. A Cularin Presence
  24. Nien Nunb, Kessel Administrator: An Expanded Universe Character
  25. MedStar I: Battle Surgeons
  26. 26.0 26.1 Star Wars Gamer 10
  27.  "The Long Shot Campaign" - Star Wars Campaign Pack, re-published in Classic Campaigns

External links

  • Fanmade Shyriiwook Translator

This article uses material from the "Shyriiwook" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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