Let's learn a bit of Na'vi!
Na'vi a fictional language created by the linguist Paul Frommer (or Karyu Pawl, Teacher Paul, how we call him in the community) for the movie Avatar by James Cameron. It is the language that got me into language learning, and therefore it is the reason I am studying linguistics now.
Wow, that's interesting! How can I learn?
On this website I provide some of the resources I've wrote about this language. But there are many more! Here are some of my favorites:
- - Reykunyu and Dict-Na'vi are the most used online dictionaries
- - The annotated dictionary is a great pdf with example sentences for nearly every word
- - The Horen Lì'fyayä leNa'vi is a detailed overview over Na'vi grammar for more in-depth knowledge. Sadly it is not 100% up to date, but still one of the most valueable resources in my opinion
- - The Na'vi Sentence Building Adventures by Tsyili is a great Na'vi workbook which teaches the language in a very fun and practical way.
- - You want to interact with other learners? Join the Kelutral Discord Server! There are many helpful people there, you can practice with other learners and join free voice chat lessons!
- - Visit the Kelutral website to find more information and resources! Especially Na'vi as a second language is worth a look if you are searching for a Na'vi course book
- - Learn Na'vi is another community where you can learn the language. The webite provides resources and general information and in the forum you can interact with other learners.
- - Learn Na'vi also has an own Discord server for more interaction between learners!
- - You are german and prefer learning in your native language? Visit Numeko, a website all about Na'vi and how to learn it!
On this website you can find the first few existing chapters of my Na'vi learning document which I created to give an introduction into the Na’vi language and teach it in an understandable and practical way.
Every chapter has three parts: At the beginning you will learn new grammar rules with the help of an example text. In the second part you can test what you’ve learned with some exercises. In the last part of each chapter you get an overview over the newly introduced vocab with some example sentences, as well as idioms which were used in the chapter. I tried to mostly stick to very often used words so you learn those first!
Although pronunciation is the first topic a new learner should learn about, the Na'vi course on this website will not cover it, since I think that text is not the right medium to convey this topic. If you haven’t learned the pronunciation I highly recommend taking a look at this great video by Pamìrìk before starting with the first chapter! Also it is highly recommended to practice a lot, for example with my exercise book, but of course the best way is to have onversations with other learners!
A big thanks to EanaUnil who allowed me to use her pictures for my lessons! Also thanks to all the people who helped me by reading and correcting the many mistakes I made, am making and will make in the future hrh
You found a mistake, have a question or an idea for improvement or just search for someone to talk Na’vi with a bit? You can find me (Tekre) on the Kelutral Discord server - Pamrel si oeru - Write me!
Topics covered in the Na'vi language course:
- Chapter 1: The word »ma«, the verb »lu«, the free word order
- Chapter 2: Simple sentences, transitive verbs vs. intransitive verbs, -l/-t, lu vs. tok
- Chapter 3: Plural, lenition, sì vs. ulte, genitive
- Chapter 4: Pronouns, srak(e)
- Chapter 5: Fì- & Tsa-, adjectives, subclauses with a
More chapters will be written... soon? Next year? Before the apocalypse? One day there will be more.
- Exercise book: A collection of exercises about various topics.
- 100 days of Na'vi: A 100 days challenge, which gives you something to do with the language for 100 days. Meant for total beginners who are not sure how to start.
- Verb dictionary: All verbs with example sentences to show how to use them with which case endings and adpositions. (currently not online, will follow soon. "Soon" probably means in about five years.)
My lessons & Other
Every Sunday at 8pm CEST I hold a lesson in the Kelutral Discord server. Everyone is welcome to join, no matter how far you already are with learning the language. We usually speak about a grammar topic and make some exercises to practice it. You don't need to register, just come in and have some fun learning Na'vi!
You can also find me on YouTube and Twitch for regular Gaming content in Na'vi, as well as Na'vi learning videos!