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I'm fairly confused about this whole thing. Is Basic in the Star Wars galaxy really English? I mean, one might think that they're just translating the dialogue and such for the benefit of the viewers back at home, except for the fact that stuff written in Aurebesh can be translated directly into English. So that might imply that it's just English with a funny font. Fair enough. But then it gets confusing when you look at droids. If it's an Aurebesh alphabet, why do we use R2-D2 and C-3PO? For some reason, they use lettering just like we do, yet these letters never appear anywhere else. Does that mean that there's some sort of Droid Alphabet or something, or that there's actually a much larger alphabet than we thought? Perhaps the droid manufacturers ran out of letters in Aurebesh, and invented a whole new series to multiply the identifiers exponentially? If that's true, is it possible to have droids with Aurebesh to identify them (Like Cresh Three Peth Osh), or even a mix of the two (like Artoo Dorn Two)? Unsigned comment by LightWarden (talk • contribs).

  • Some things just never can be explained. See also sounds in outer space. -- Riffsyphon1024 01:28, 4 March 2007 (UTC)
  • There are two writing systems at work in Star Wars; a great example is the Corporate Sector Authority logo. Aurebesh just happens to be the more common one, but the alphabet is often used in naming things like droids and starfighters (those ain't Xesh-wings and Yirt-wings the Rebels fly). So, yes, as far as we can tell Galactic Basic and English are nearly identical languages, which isn't a great leap of Suspension of Disbelief once you accept that Humans also evolved in the Galaxy Far, Far Away. jSarek 02:07, 4 March 2007 (UTC)
    • I agree with JSarek, there are multiple alphabets for Basic. And as for threepio and artoo they could be writing in Binary possiably. Some like Anakin can understand and read it fluently, so that might be a possibility.AzureAngel 02:24, 4 March 2007 (UTC)
  • It's like any Sci-Fi, where everyone speaks perfect english to make it easy for the fans. Actually, it's better than most sci-fis, because at least the aliens who can't speak Basic with their mouthparts have their own languages. How often do you see that in the other sci-fis? Quite a few sci-fis try to explain this with universal translators and babelfish, but alot just let it go, knowing that the vast majority of TV watchers dont like reading subtitles.Darth Ammanius 02:53, 4 March 2007 (UTC)

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