Want to learn Mando'a? Hopefully I can help

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Want to learn Mando'a? Hopefully I can help

Unread postby Cuyan Atinii » 30 Jan 2011 03:35

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Lesson 1 - Lesson 2 - Lesson 3 -

This lesson has also been translated into German.
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So this is Lesson 1: Basics

After getting your dictionary dictionary and quick grammar guide quick grammar guide from here here, it’s time to start learning to use Mando’a.

First, read the Mando’a Quick Grammar Guide to understand the basic foundation of this language.
Now then, let’s start –

Speaking the Language –

Most of the pronunciation is covered in the Mando’a Quick Grammar Guide.
What I add here is simply what I consider more accurate based on actual Mando’a dictionary pronunciations.

    E – sometimes pronounced “eh” in the middle of a word
    O – sometimes “aw”
    C – usually pronounced “s”, but is pronounced “k” when before “a”, “o”, or “u”

Sentence Structure -

First, look at these sentences,
    “Nobody cares who your father was, only the father you’ll be.”
    “Gar taldin ni jaonyc; gar sa buir, ori wadaas’la.”
    The word-for-word translation is, “Your bloodline not important; you as father, very valuable.”
    And,
    “Mando’ad draar digu.”
    “A Mandalorian never forgets.”

While not strictly defined, Mando’a sentence structure appears to generally be setup very similar to Basic. At the same time, the most important part of written or spoken Mando’a is clarity, so your word order should convey meaning to the reader or listener, even if it doesn’t fit this structure.


Hopefully more soon.

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Want to learn Mando'a? Hopefully I can help. Lesson 2

Unread postby Cuyan Atinii » 04 Feb 2011 03:29

Lesson 2: More Basics

The Beten -

The beten is the word for the apostrophe used in Mando’a. A beten is sometimes used to indicate a slight glottal stop, or in some cases can also indicate pronunciation, breathing, or dropped letters.

The beten is also often used to link a prefix or suffix to the main word:
e.g. Nu'briikase (un-happy), Ori’dush (very-bad)
The beten can also connect words, as explained below.


Compound Words -

What are 'compound words'? Two (or more) Mando'a words, usually connected by a beten. Compound words, in this sense, create words with new, more precise meanings.

Examples of Mando'a compound words from KT's dictionary -
Jetii'kad - lightsaber (jedi-sword)
Epar'yaim - restaurant (eat-home)
Kar'taylir - to Know, hold in heart (heart-hold)

('Compound word' is my own term. If you have a better/more official name, please tell me.)


Memorization -

Yes! To learn Mando'a, you're going to need to actually know the words it's made up of!
To start off, here's five pronouns -

    I, me - Ni
    My, mine - Ner
    You, your - Gar
    He, him, his - Kaysh (also She, her, hers)
    They, their - Val

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Want to learn Mando'a? Hopefully I can help. Lesson 3

Unread postby Cuyan Atinii » 26 Jan 2012 04:50

Lesson 3: Basic Word List

Before I write anything else, I'm going to give a short explination.
Mando'a is essentially either a very simple language or an extremely complicated code. It just depends on how you treat it. It has identical rules to that of Basic except where outlined above, and probably won't be getting any very soon. So, the best way to learn Mando'a after you've got an understanding of what I've written in the last two lessons is to start using it.

I personally write my journal in Mando'a (my thoughts are safer than if locked up). I encourage you to do something. Read existing Mando'a text. Translate something. Write a book, poem, or song. Teach your friends. Whatever. By simply using it you will begin learning it.

That out of the way, here are the most commonly used Mando'a words. They're a great foundation to build your vocabulary on.

    1 the – te, haar (rarely used)
    2 be – cuyir
    3 to – bah, at
    4 of - be
    5 and - bal
    6 a, an – eyn (raraly used)
    7 in – o’r
    8 that - ibac
    9 have - ganar
    10 I, me - ni
    11 it - bic
    12 for - par
    13 not - nu
    14 on - bat
    15 with - ti
    16 he, him, his - kaysh
    17 as - sa
    18 you, your - gar
    19 do - vaabir
    21 this - ibic
    22 but – a, a’, al
    24 by - de
    25 from - teh
    26 they, their, theirs - val
    27 we, us - mhi
    28 say - sirbur
    30 she, her, hers - kaysh
    31 or - ra
    33 will – ven’cuy
    34 my, mine - ner
    35 one - solus
    36 all - an
    38 there - ogir
    38 which, what, that, who – meg (megin before vowel)
    41 so - bid
    42 up - laam
    43 out - dayn
    44 if - meh
    46 who – tion’ad
    49 go - slanar
    51 when – tion’tuur
    52 make, create – gotal’ur
    53 able to, can - liser
    54 like - guuror
    55 time – ca’nara
    56 no - nayc
    57 just, only - shi
    59 know, hold in heart – kar’taylir
    60 take - hiibir
    61 people - adate
    62 into - lo
    63 year - simir
    65 good - jate
    66 some - ge'sol
    67 could – ret’liser
    69 see – haa’taylir
    70 other - ashi
    71 more than – ori’shya
    73 now - jii
    76 come, arrive - olaror
    77 its – be’bic
    78 over - jaon
    79 think, calculate - mirdir
    80 also - balyc
    81 back - norac
    83 use - pirimmur
    84 two – t’ad
    86 our, ours - cuun
    87 work - borarir
    88 first – sol’yc
    89 well, healthy - jahaala
    92 new - vaar
    93 want - copaanir
    94 because - jorcu
    96 these - ibice
    97 give - dinuir
    98 day - tuur
    99 most – ’ne (suffix)

You may notice I'm missing about twenty words, but if you actually count grouped words it comes up to 99 (I think).

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Re: Want to learn Mando'a? Hopefully I can help

Unread postby Cuyan Atinii » 18 Apr 2014 17:40

This page is getting a bit cluttered with discussion.
Discussion is good, though, so I decided to make this thread. Post questions, responses, spotted errors, and such there.
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