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"Chuug-obo-fangowa!"
―An Ewok speaking Ewokese[src]

Ewokese was the language spoken by the furry, diminutive Ewoks who lived on the forest moon of Endor. When the Rebel Alliance's strike team came to Endor to destroy the Death Star II's shield generator, the protocol droid C-3PO translated the Ewokese into Basic so the Ewok named Wicket was able to guide the Rebels to the Imperial bunker.[1]

Known phrasesEdit

  • Achoo![2]
  • Ahh-na-uh.[2]
  • Ai! Wag Wah![2]
  • Coatee-cha tu yub nub!—"Celebrate the freedom!"[3]
  • Chuug-obo-fangowa![2]
  • Dimni-a-wundah.[2]
  • Ee chee wa maa!—"Wow!"[3]
  • Gunda.[2]
  • Gupa-nupa.[2]
  • Ma foita.[2]
  • Mana-nachoo.[2]
  • Mana-tutu.[2]
  • Mechemi-chu.[2]
  • Naghoh! Entena entena![2]
  • Nor-karatame-sho-a.[2]
  • Oh hheneheh![2]
  • Oto Ostoga![2]
  • Tsumboo![2]
  • Yaa-yaah!—"Greetings!"[3]
  • Yo khalchumbe…[2]
  • Yub nub!—"Hooray!"[3], "Freedom"[4]
  • Yub yub.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Ewokese language first appeared in the 1983 movie Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, the last installment of the original trilogy of Star Wars.[1] It was developed by Ben Burtt, sound designer at ILM, and was largely based on Kalmyk Oirat, a dialect spoken by Russians of Kalmyk ethnicity. Burtt decided to make Ewokese based on that language after hearing it in a documentary. He got an 80-year-old Kalmyk woman to speak tales of her people through her native tongue, and then recorded the sounds, with the various actors imitating various portions of the recording.[5] African and South-Pacific languages also influenced Ewokese.[6] In addition, Burtt and actor Anthony Daniels later used and even invented their own terms in the language when doing the scene where C-3PO was reciting the story of the Rebel Alliance's efforts to stop the Empire.[5]

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