8 Questions We Have After Watching Solo: A Star Wars Story

Author Thumbnail Jon Arvedon May 31, 2018 11:37 AM

8When Did Han Learn How to Speak Shyriiwook?

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When Han first meets his Wookiee companion Chewbacca, it’s not exactly under friendly circumstances. Nevertheless, Han’s able to avoid being ripped limb from limb by the enslaved Kashyyykian by speaking to him in his native tongue, Shyriiwook. When (and where) did Han learn this complex language, though? Consisting of grunts, growls, and howls, Shyriiwook isn’t often spoken by non-Wookiees, not only because it’s difficult to learn but also because it’s tough on the throat. From what we saw of Han’s early days on-screen, learning such a niche language doesn’t seem like it would have been a much of a priority, but clearly, he picked it up somewhere.

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