Aurebesh in the News
Aurebesh is now available on Google Translate. No, that’s not a typo. The ultra-fast but far-from-good translation tool has recently added Aurebesh to its slate of languages. If you’ve never heard of the language, don’t worry. You’re not alone. (I have seen all the Star Wars films multiple times and I still had no idea what it was.)
According to Wookieepedia, Aurebesh is the name of the writing system used to convey the Basic language in the Star Wars universe. The name of the language comes from the first two letters, Aurek and Besh. The letter Aurek represents the letter A in Basic, while Besh represents B (see below).
Aurebesh and Google: More Than Just Geek Cred?
So why would Google do this? Well, other than showing off its geek cred, it’s a tie-in to the newest movie in the franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film hits theaters on December 18 in the U.S.
But that’s not all the search giant has done: if you go to Google’s home page and type in the phrase a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, you’ll get your results returned to you in the same screen crawl used in the movies. (Star Wars fans, you know what I’m talking about.)
Do you actually need a text translated into Aurebesh? Probably not. But if you’re like me, your curiosity will get the best of you and you’ll be visiting Google Translate sometime soon to try it out. (See below.)
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