In 2005, the computer game Star Wars: Republic Commando was released. The community of fans of the Star Wars universe took the game extremely positively, including the fact that for the first time the main characters in a Star Wars game were not Jedi or Sith, but ordinary soldiers. But it wasn't that that caught our attention, it was the game's great soundtrack written by composer Jesse Harlin. These were choral songs sung in the then-defunct Mandalorian language, "Vode An", "Gra'tua Cuun", "Kote Darasuum", "Dha Werda Verda" and "Ka'rta Tor".
⸭⁘⁘⁘⸭As it turned out, these pieces of music not only caught our attention, but also the brilliant writer Karen Traviss, who took on the task of writing a whole series of books centered on Republic Army clone commandos and their Mandalorian instructors. It was in her writings that the Mandalorian language, Mando'a, received its main development. Along with examples of spoken Mandalorian language in the texts of her books, fans received both basic grammar rules and a small dictionary of the Mandalorian language, which were posted on Karen Traviss's official website.
⸭⁘⁘⁘⸭But as you know, nothing beautiful lasts forever, and in August 2009, Karen officially announced that she was stopping all work on a series of novels about the Republican commandos and every other project related to the Star Wars universe. And this meant that the Mandalorian language would no longer be developed by the author.
⸭⁘⁘⁘⸭It was a blow, but the fans refused to accept the fact and took it upon themselves to further expand and refine the Mandalorian language. Various groups of people from all over the world began to organize discussions, forums and publications on various Internet platforms on the topic of the further development of the Mandalorian language. One of the largest centers for work on Mando’a was the Mandoa.org, forum, organized by a man under the nickname Adi’karta. More than 500 people from all over the world have made great efforts to ensure that the language survives and continues to develop. The dictionary was replenished, the grammar was expanded and refined, the fans tried to communicate in Mando’a on a variety of topics, including absolutely everyday ones.
⸭⁘⁘⁘⸭And we've been there, and worked with the most wonderful people, truly dedicated to the preservation and development of the Mandalorian language. Based on the work of members of the Mandoa.org forum, a guide to Mando’a was compiled, better known as “MANDO'A. TOTAL GUIDE TO MANDALORIAN LANGUAGE”.
⸭⁘⁘⁘⸭A lot has changed since then, with fans divided, and the community split into separate factions multiple times, as a result of which Mando'a has developed along completely separate branches, while retaining the common foundation created by Karen Traviss. So we can safely say that a single language was gradually fragmented into separate dialects, as is often the case with real, natural languages.
⸭⁘⁘⁘⸭Here we present to you one of these dialects, namely the dialect of the Rusk clan, created by Tal'jair Rusk, Daraya Rusk, Arden Dio, Anton Vizla, Parj Bevur and others. Fans of the Mandalorian culture from the Aay'han Discord server provided invaluable assistance in the development of the dialect. \a mando!