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Rodian,[2] also known as Rodese,[1] was a language spoken by members of the Rodian species.[2] It was used by Harido Kavila in works of Rodian Theater, which Jedi Council member Alxa Kress taught to Mace Windu.[1]

Rodian shared certain structural similarities with Aqualish and Huttese, enough that learning one of these languages would make the others easier to learn.[2]

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  • Chos koo, Senator Farr.[4]
  • Keelap mala nah sootah Rodia feeching.—"You are the most influential man on Rodia." (Approximate translation)[4]
  • Trulan nee wankpah.[4]
  • Poodoo.[5]
  • Cha wana du boga noga.[6]

Behind the scenes[]

The Rodian language first appeared in the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the first installment of the Star Wars original trilogy.[7] In canon, the language was first identified as Rodese in the episode "To Catch a Jedi," the ninteenth episode of the fifth season of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series,[8] which was released on February 23, 2013.[9] The languge was first identified as Rodian by the 2015 book Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook.[2]

George Lucas called upon Ben Burtt to come up with a voice for Greedo, the first Rodian in Star Wars. Linguist Larry Ward provided the voice over, and it was Burtt's job to make the voice interesting. At first, the word "oink" was going to be manipulated with "the right rhythm and electrical equipment" to make a bizarre-sounding language, but they were unhappy with the result. Burtt and a UC Berkeley grad student went through multiple languages including the Quechua, and they created their own. A combination of multiple languages paired with expert editing were used to create Greedo's voice.[10]



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