I finally got round to seeing Avatar this week and really enjoyed it. Na’vi, the constructed language used in the film was devised by Paul Frommer, sounds intriguing and there seems to be quite a bit of interest in it. Here are some websites where you can find out more:
- Learn Na’vi contains Na’vi-English dictionary, and notes on pronunciation and grammar
- Talk Na’vi has videos of the language being used in the film, and about the creation of the language.
- Some highlights of Na’vi on language log.
- On YouTube there are a number of videos with details of the language.
- and there’s a page about Na’vi on Wikipedia.
If anyone feels inspired to put together a collection of phrases in Na’vi for Omniglot, please feel free to do so. Here are a few:
Kaltxì – Hello
Ngaru lu fpom srak? – How are you?
Oel ngati kameie – I see you (greeting)
Tsun oe ngahu nìNa’vi pivängkxo a fì’u oeru prrte’ lu – It’s a pleasure to be able to chat with you in Na’vi
Fìskxawngìri tsap’alute sengi oe – I apologise for this moron
Irayo – thank you
Uniltìrantokx – Avatar