Here’s something I’ve never understood. Most Star Wars characters seem to know multiple alien languages–for example, Han understands everything Jabba the Hutt, Greedo, and Chewbacca say–but they never speak any of them. There are so many conversations where one person is speaking in grunts and growls and the other person is speaking English, and they both understand each other perfectly. But if they both know the language, why don’t they both just speak it?
I’m not fluent in Spanish, but if someone says something I understand in Spanish, my natural instinct is to respond in the same language, even if it sounds a little clumsy. They do that in other fictional universes, too, most notably The Lord of the Rings (though that story actually features original languages with their own unique grammar and vocabulary, unlike Star Wars).
So why doesn’t Han ever speak “Huttese” when he’s talking to Jabba? Or why won’t Jabba speak English? Someone please explain this to me!