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Galactic Phrase Book & Travel Guide: Beeps, Bleats, Boskas, and Other Common Intergalactic Verbiage (Star Wars) Paperback – August 7, 2001

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Adult/High School-Any Star Wars fan, any science-fiction aficionado, any artist, or anyone interested in movies will find perusing this volume of artwork intriguing and entertaining. It contains drawings; digitally mastered pictures; paintings; sketches; mock-ups; and models of scenes, buildings, costumes, characters, spacecraft, and creatures. Details and perspective make each illustration stand out from the page; the vivid use of red and black permeates the art. Alien life-forms, new and familiar, abound. A feeling of connection and continuity flows through the art as some scenes and characters that appear in this volume are either from Episode I or in the original trilogy. Comments from the artists appear along with the artwork and guide readers through the materials. Not all of the art was used in the film and it adds an interesting perspective to be able to recognize which ideas were used and which were put aside. The screenplay and a picture of the movie poster are also included.
Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Whether doing business with the Hutts or trying to get a decent haircut on Coruscant, Beeps, Bleats, and Boskas is an invaluable guide for anyone traveling through unfamiliar sections of the galaxy. Vividly illustrated by Sergio Aragones, this handy volume covers the basic situations galactic travelers may find themselves in--plus guidelines for
, Greetings--H'chu apenkee, o'grandio lust: "Greetings, glorious host" in Huttese. It doesn't hurt you to be nice, and it might hurt you not to.
, Travel arrangements--Zat x'ratch keezo bompaz ha sheep: in Bocce, "That scratch was there when I rented the ship."
, Asking directions--Chi ita lungee: "I am lost," in Ewokese. Don't be afraid to seek help in the forest.
, Dining--Dis foosa isa berry good: "this food is good." It's always best to compliment your Gungan hosts.
, Bargaining for your life--Huwaa muaa mumwa: "Can I buy you a drink." in Wookiee-speak. Try it. It just might work.
A MUST HAVE WHEN TRAVELING WITHOUT YOUR PROTOCOL DROID!

Bonus!--An exclusive "Behind the Sounds" look at making of the Star Wars movies from Academy Award-winning Sound Editor Ben Burtt. Discover the secrets behind the roar of Chewbacca, the chatter of the cantina crowd, and R2-D2's unique eloquence.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; 1st edition (August 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345440749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345440747
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.4 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Who knew that Ben Burtt was so funny? But he is.
Do not...I repeat, do not sneak a read of this book while at work or school. You will get caught when you laugh out loud. It is that funny.
You not only get the phrases that you've probably seen in the previews, but you get "cultural information" that is priceless. And the illustrations by Sergio Aragones are destined to become classics.
But wait! There's more! There's also a "Behind the Sounds" section that goes through how Ben Burtt created many of the sounds Star Wars fans hold dear. And there are also great translations of scenes from the Classic Trilogy that use alien languages.
If you're a Star Wars fan, you'll really love this book. (Thank you DelRey for putting out some humor!) If you're not a fan, but trying to find something for someone who is, then get this book. They'll thank you for it.
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This invaluable resource is a necessary guide on the basics of effective communication for anyone planning to travel through the Star Wars universe.
Written in an easy-to-read, humorous style and divided into eleven chapters, part one of this volume covers many commonly used phrases and terms in languages that range from Huttese to Bocce to Droidspeak. It also offers essential cultural advice and protocol rules that you will need to familiarize yourself with in order to increase your chances of survival as you come across numerous different situations in your voyage. All the phrases presented are printed out phonetically, so no bothersome pronunciation guidelines are given or needed.
Part two, "Behind the Sounds," is an engrossing, well written, 43-page account, complete with behind-the-scenes photos, of the author's journey of inspiration and creation of the sound effects and languages of the original trilogy films. Included in his story are fascinating technical details mixed with often hilarious anecdotes such as having spent a whole day recording bear sounds to be used when putting together Chewbacca's speech, and mixing and re-mixing mechanically and electronically generated beeps, chirps and bleeps to give R2-D2 an "emotional" voice.
Printed in an attractive pocket-sized format, this book is thoroughly illustrated in the best Star Wars style with laugh-out-loud drawings by Sergio Aragones of MAD Magazine fame.
As a bonus, an appendix with selected scenes from A New Hope and Return of the Jedi is included to help you practice your alien speech.
Although this book doesn't contain any information on the Star Wars universe subsequent to The Phantom Menace, it is an entertaining, fun and enjoyable way to explore the societies, their languages and activities, of the galaxy far, far away. As the Ewoks would say, this book is "yun yum di goot" (very good).
--Reviewed by M. E. Volmar
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"The Galactic Phrase Book & Travel Guide" is an unusual concept and one that works surprisingly well. While a guide book, it is written of course for entertainment value and reads quickly. The book is packed with humorous drawings, expressions and cultural suggestions so that one never commits a faux pas, something which could get a traveler killed on the wrong system. One humorous extraction is that there is no word for "please" or "thank you" in Huttese. From the deep core to the outer rim, learn to count and speak basic phrases in Huttese, Bocce, Ewok, Wookiee, Jawa and even Gungan. While the Star Wars universe has no equivalent to a work like "the Klingon Dictionary," this is not only the next best thing, it's more enjoyable. From young children to adults, all Star Wars fans will enjoy this linguistic adventure.
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An amazingly funny and informative little book. It is really a textbook on several different languages from the Star Wars universe, but with all the comedic phrases and cute comics, you will soon forget that.
This book is truly very informative when it comes to alien languages, from huttese to bocce, and even droid-speak! this book will have you saying such phrases as; "Da beesga coo palyeeya pityee bo tenya go kaka juju hoopa!" or "Wua ga ma uma ahuma ooma!" or perhaps if you are like me, "Kavaa kyotopa bu whirlee backa?"
Overall, this is a fantastic book, and if you don't buy it to learn another language, buy it for the supercute family of Aleenas on the front and back! Mee jewz ku, coo ya maya stupas!
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This book is pure genius, i was speaking in huttese for like 2 weeks straight haha i'd definitely recommend it to another Star Wars fan looking for a good laugh!
the chapters are separated by language, and it tells you some words phrases and situations where you might need to use it
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I absolutely love this book. As a life-long Star Wars fan I find this to be the most innovative, light-hearted, and utterly fascinating Star Wars literature I have ever come into contact with. If you're a fan of the SW Universe, especially Role-Playing Star Wars characters, and like to snuggle up with a book during your free time, do your self a favor and buy this one. Being able to speak Bocce and go on tirades in Huttese is an experience every geek should have :) I only wish they'd make a full color edition of this someday I'd love that even more!
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