×
Cookies help us deliver our Services. By using our Services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn More.

This Is How Many Languages C-3PO Can Speak

No one could have possibly anticipated the resounding success and endurance of the "Star Wars" franchise, and, to some extent, understandably so. George Lucas' vision for a cinematic serial that took inspiration from "Flash Gordon" and "The Hidden Fortress" was a gamble in the late 1970s. The low budget, corny dialogue, and overwhelming lore all but guaranteed it would crash and burn, yet it did the exact opposite. Now over 40 years since the inaugural film's premiere, the "Star Wars" world has grown exponentially, opening the door for creators from all corners of the planet to join in.

As a result, the "Star Wars" universe is one of the most immersive to ever come about. Between the original, prequel, and sequel trilogies, in addition to the countless television shows, books, and more, it's amazing the Lucasfilm story group hasn't run out of tales to tell. With each new installment, never-before-seen planets, alien races, ships, and so much more join the canon, making a galaxy far, far away feel much closer to home. This sensation is aided especially by the numerous languages that frequent the "Star Wars" galaxy, adding a sense of diversity to it all.

Much like in the real world, not everyone in "Star Wars" has a firm grasp of every dialect. This leaves room for translators, such as the beloved C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), to lend a helping hand. Here's just how many languages he's capable of understanding and speaking whenever necessary.

C-3PO is quite the conversationalist

Throughout his "Star Wars" tenure — which spans nearly every movie and TV show the property has to offer — C-3PO has put his translation skills to the test on several occasions. In "Return of the Jedi" alone he was forced to translate for the vile crime lord Jabba the Hutt, delivering messages from Huttese to Galactic Basic, and even communicated with the small but feisty Ewoks in their native Ewokese. This is just the tip of the iceberg, both in terms of canonical examples as well as his verbal potential, since he's fluent in many more intergalactic languages than we've heard.

At this point in C-3PO's story, he's fluent in between six and seven million forms of communication. Although, his mechanical nature made it so that he didn't have to study with Duolingo or Rosetta Stone, as those of us on Earth might, to accumulate such a vast linguistic library. Instead, sometime during the rise of the First Order, he implanted a TranLang III communication module, which included more data on the galaxy's numerous languages. Whether this augmentation included the ancient Sith one that his programming wouldn't allow him to speak in "The Rise of Skywalker," or if that came standard when he was first created, remains a mystery.

Given his many travels across all eras of the "Star Wars" timeline, C-3PO more than proved his worth as a capable translator, even if the combination of his usefulness and the curious nature of his sidekick R2-D2 have put him in sticky situations too often for his liking.