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Na'vi Lesson 4 - Dative Case and Conversational Phrases
April 05, 2011 12:28 AM PDT

Continuing the discussion of noun cases, the dative case allows you to express who the recipient of an action is, what you have, and is used in a number of idioms.  So after learning about the dative case, lets put it to use and learn some conversational idioms in Na’vi!

Vocabulary from this lesson

Suffix   -ru, -ur, -r Dative Case     Adposition   ne To (direction)     Noun   kilvan River fpìl Thought tstxo Name fko One, they; unspecified generic subject fpom Peace, well being txoa Forgiveness     Adjective   yawne Beloved     Verb   tìng Give Go smon Be known, be familiar syaw Call     Other   kaltxì Hello srak / srake Yes/no question marker srane Yes txoa Excuse me     Sentences   Ioang tìran An animal walks Taronyul swizawit munge A hunter brings an arrow Oel swizawti poru tìng I give him an arrow oe ne kilvan I go to the river Nga oeru smon You are known to me / I know you Lu poru yayo He has a bird Lu ngaru ‘eylan You have a friend Lu oeru säfpìl I have a thought Tstxo oeyä lu Stivìn My name is Steven Oeru fko syaw Stivìn I am called Steven Ngal yayoti tse’a You see a bird Ngal yayoti tse’a srak? Do you see a bird? Ngaru lu fpom srak? Are you well? Oeru lu fpom I am well Oeru txoa livu Forgive me Nga yawne lu oer You are beloved to me / I love you
Le'Ìnglìsìa Sänume apxey - Lì'uä Tseng
April 01, 2011 01:51 AM PDT

'Uo a tsaw eltur tìtxen si teri lì'fya 'Ìnglìsì lu fya'o a fkol aylì'ut reykivikx fte leykivatem ralit. Ha pefya tsun nga ivomum tsenget a tsane reykivikx aylì'ut? Zivong ayoeru ma lì'uä tseng!

Na'vi Lesson 3 - Basic noun cases
March 28, 2011 10:54 PM PDT

One of the interesting features of Na'vi is that there are not many rules about the order words must be in.  You are free to change the order to suit your mood.  So how does it avoid turning into an incomprehensible jumble of words where you don't know if someone is coming or going?  Noun cases to the rescue!

Vocabulary from this lesson:

Suffix l, ìl Subjective case t, ti, it Objective case ä, yä Genitive case
Noun taronyu Hunter yayo Bird soaia Family ioang Animal
Verb taron Hunt tswayon Fly hum Leave, depart
Adjective 'i Small lehrrap Dangerous
Sentences Oel pot tse'a I see him Pol taronyuti tse'a He sees a hunter Taronyut pol tse'a He sees a hunter Txepìl kxenerit ngop Fire creates smoke Yayo tswayon Bird flies Yayol ay'angit taron Bird hunts insects Oe tìran I walk Ayfo za'u They come Moe hum We two leave Oeyä txep My fire Soaia oeyä My family Soaia oeyä lu Na'viyä 'eylan My family is a friend of the Na'vi Menari 'eylanä oeyä lu 'i My friend has small eyes Ayoengal ioangit alehrrap taron We hunt a dangerous animal Po lu hu soaia peyä He is with his family Kelku oeyä soaiä lu tsawl My family's house is large
Na'vi Pronunciation Lesson
May 22, 2010 06:20 PM PDT

Taking a break from the regular lessons to cover proper pronunciation. This goes over the basic sounds of Na'vi.

Na'vi Lesson 2 - Plurals (Take 2)
May 14, 2010 01:42 AM PDT

There are many things in life to talk about.  But it is so hard to do when you have to talk about them one at a time.  But have no fear, I will show you how you can talk about two, three, or even any number of things at once!  Soon this secret to communications will be within your grasp in Na'vi!

Vocabulary from this lesson

Prefix ay Plural me Dual pxe Trial
Noun 'ang Insect ay'ang Insects nari Eye menari (Two) eyes swizaw Arrow pxeswizaw (Three) arrow (ay)eylan Friends kinam Leg (ay)hinam Legs mehinam (Two) legs kxetse Tail (ay)ketse Tails pam Sound (ay)fam Sounds pxun Arm (ay)pun Arms mepun (Two) arms taronyu Hunter (ay)saronyu Hunters (ay)tep Fires pxetep (Three) fires ayoe Us (Not you) aynga You (Plural) (ay)fo They (Plural) moe Us (Two, not you) mefo They (Two) menga You (Two) oeng Us (You and me) ayoeng Us (All of us) awnga Us (All of us) pxoe Us (Three, not you) pxoeng Us (You, me, and someone else)  pxenga You (Three) pxefo They (Three)
Verb munge Take, bring tìran Walk stawm Hear za'u Come 'eko Attack
Adjective ean Blue txur Strong
Adposition fa With (By means of) hu With (Accompanying)
Sentences Oel ay'angit tse'a I see insects Oe tse'a menarifa I see with two eyes Oe tse'a fa menari I see with two eyes Oel pxeswizawit munge I bring (three) arrows Oel ayeylanit munge I bring friends Oel eylanit munge I bring friends Oe tìran fa mehinam I walk with (two) legs Ayketse lu ean Tails are blue Ketse lu ean Tails are blue Oel ayfamit stawm I hear sounds Oel stawm famit I hear sounds Mepun lu txur (Two) arms are strong Aysaronyu za'u Hunters come Saronyu za'u Hunters come Pxetepit oel ngop Three fires are created by me Ayoe saronyu lu We are hunters Aynga hu eylan za'u You (many) come with friends
Fo lu eylan They are friends Ayfo lu ayeylan They are friends Oeng lu meylan We (you and I) are friends Ayoengìl fot 'eko We attack them Awngal fot 'eko We attack them
Na'vi Lesson 1 - Basic sentences (Take 2)
May 13, 2010 01:11 AM PDT

The basics of the Na'vi language.  Rather than mull over pronunciation and grammar, I just dive right in giving words and explaining sentences.  This lesson covers the bare basics, but look for future lessons to build upon this, and in no time you'll be saying everything from "Hello!" to "Be my ikran and lets ride together!" in Na'vi!

This is a re-recorded lesson, shorter, easier to follow, and with a few corrections based on feedback.  However most of the content is the same.

Noun oe I, me nga You po He, she txep Fire kxener Smoke 'eylan Friend
Verb tse'a See (Physical sense) ngop Create lu Be zene Must
Adverb tafral Therefore, because of that
Adjective tsawl Large (In stature)
Sentences Oel kxenerit tse'a I see smoke Oel tse'a kxenerit   Smoke is seen by me Oel ngat tse'a I see you (Physically) Txepìl kxenerit ngop Fire creates smoke Oel kxenerit tse'a tafral txep zene livu I see fire therefore there must be smoke Oe 'eylan lu I am a friend Oe eylan lu (Just an example of the glottal stop sound difference, but translates to the ill formed "I am friends") Po lu tsawl He is large