Black Panther has truly become a cultural phenomenon now that you can actually share messages with friends and family in Wakandan, thanks to a new Wakanda text translator. Star Trek fans had to wait years to learn how to speak Klingon and Game of Thrones fans have to enroll in college to properly learn the languages from the hit HBO show. Black Panther fans get to skip ahead to the front of the line with the new translator. The idea alone is impressive, never mind that the movie has barely been in theaters for 6 weeks.
If you’re reading this, the chances are pretty good that you’ve seen Black Panther at least once in the theater, or maybe through illegal means, and you’re probably curious how your name looks in Wakandan. All you have to do is head over to the Type Wakandan website and plug in any text that you want, and within seconds, you have your text in Wakandan. It even works for naughty words too, not that we tried… You can copy and paste the text and send them to whomever you like.
The Type Wakandan website was created by Wayne Sutton and uses codepen to bring the site to life. As for accuracy, it looks really close to what we all saw on the big screen. It’s not confirmed, but Sutton may have had some help from Shuri in developing the code to figure out the eloquent Wakandan speech from Black Panther. Shuri is the only one who could have really helped to develop this sort of technology, and it had to have been created in Wakanda, not the United States.
Black Panther has dominated the box office for 5-straight weeks, becoming the first movie to do so since 2009’s Avatar. It’s in rare company and it just keeps going. The movie wasn’t even expected to make $200 million in its opening weekend, but it did over that and has since crossed the billion-dollar mark at the worldwide box office. If that wasn’t enough, Black Panther has officially beat out Star Wars to be the most tweeted about movie in Twitter history, joining the ranks along with President Donald Trump, company that Black Panther probably isn’t too happy about, but whatever.
What are you waiting for? Head over to Type Wakanda and start sending your friends and family cryptic Wakandan messages and see if they can figure them out. Trying to decipher them from Wakandan into English, or whatever your language of choice is, will be the hard part. We might really have to hit up Shuri for that kind of help. Black Panther is still running strong at the box office, so start typing your messages and then go check them out in the theaters for accuracy. You can check out the site to learn Wakandan over at Type Wakandan and start sharing messages within seconds.