Who are you?
Tell us about yourself! Where are you coming from, what languages do you speak, what do you do, how old are you, tell us a few words about your family, work etc. This is the job interview part.
I'm Jessica or Tsyesìka
I live in Manchester, England (and Lancaster, England sometimes too). I'm speak English, some na'vi and small amounts of latin/german (not much at all). I'm studying chemistry in university (manchester metropolitan university). I quite like university, can be pretty stressful and very difficult but in general, I enjoy it.
Why are you here?
What brought you here to the Learn Na'vi forum in the first place? Did you fall in love with the language? With Pandora? With a character? Did someone invite you? Or did you stumble upon this site? Once here, why did you decide to stay? How much time do you spend here every day?
I quite like pandora though, not the reason I learn na'vi, I quite like languages and while I'm not very good with them it is a constant interest of mine and it was really researching conlanguages which lead me to research na'vi some more (I think). Once I decided I wanted to learn na'vi and commit to it, joining and spending time here was only a small leap
It will depend how long I spend here usually I am also busy with other things so I don't spend as much time here as I'd like.
Where do your alias and profile pic come from?
Do they have a special significance? Is you alias a translation of your real name, or just a bunch of random letters thrown together? Is that you on your profile pic?
My alias is just Jessica navified, I can't navify words to save my life so thankfully Tirea helped me out and did it for me
Srak nga tsun nìna’vi pivlltxe?
How well? Why did you start to learn it? What is your ultimate goal with the language? Do you have specific methods/tools you use in learning the language? How did your friends, family, or colleagues react to your interest in learning Na'vi? Have you told them at all? Have you converted any of them?
A little, I'd say I was a beginner... though I find this very difficult to judge. Everything is relative right?
Erm my methods change since I have no set way, I'm trying to keep a diary in na'vi but there is no checking done on that obviously so it's hard to use that as a tool to get things right as... I'm the only person to see it. I've tried things like jmemorize and things and people on IRC and TS are really helpful. Not to mention the great help some of my friends here have given me! My non-navish friends typically think it's a waste of time to be honest and if I wish to learn a language why not learn one of some use, though, they'll never change me
What's you favorite Na'vi word? Did you incorporate it (or others) into your everyday vocab?
Not to sound boring but i'm not sure I have one
In your opinion, what are the top three user-created content on the LN website?
Anything from the main site, the wiki, or the forum including language docs, threads, quotes, literary works, images, etc.
ooo tricky one... The forum is a fantastic resource and I've been informed on good authority the wiki is a gem too though my use of it is seriously lacking. I think the IRC is a good resource though It always makes me wish more would use it and it would become more active and for more there to use na'vi but even though it can be a bit sparse, it's good
I'm not sure about the third one maybe team speak... hearing people say things in na'vi and chatting and the help people give on there, the lessons on there. It's really nice to see and be a part of.
Have you made any contributions to the LN community that you're particularly proud of?
What made you make those? Do you plan on contributing (again) in the future? How?
Erm... I am trying to get Diaspora which is website software which is a cross between facebook and twitter translated fully into na'vi and then setup our own little diaspora which is for na'vi people so. The basic idea is a na'viish social network translated in the software to support both though like with everything i struggle with time doing it and my translations aren't so great. Other than that, I've not really made much in the way of contributions, I hope that will change but... I'm not sure.
What is it that you liked/hated the most about Avatar ?
How many times have you seen it? How big of an Avatard
are you? Prove it!
Maybe only like 2 or 3, don't get me wrong. The film is good
I'll be re-watching it again soon but it's not the reason I learn the language. The language in my head is independent of the film because the film is just a good film at the end of the day and well... the language is part of me
I'm not sure how best to describe it but no, it's a good film and I will no doubt watch it a good number of times more.
Has Avatar changed your life in any way?
Are you trying to become a Na'vi? How and to what extent? Do you live on a tree? Do you wear your hair in a long braid? Or are you just simply blue? Do you bond with animals? Is Gaia on your contact list? Did you have your photo 'shopped?
Avatar hasn't really, I mean... I think given the chance I'd become a na'vi
Who wouldn't right? At the end of the day i'm not so sure, I would like to get to a point though I use na'vi on a daily basis at least more than I am, It'd be nice to pick up a book written in na'vi to read on the train and chat to friend in it over a coffee... maybe even write shopping lists and things in it but maybe not.
If you could ask Frommer or Cameron three movie or language related questions what would they be?
You can make requests specific words/expressions too.
Hmm, I'd ask Frommer. My question would be:
After the avatar films have finished and providing there is still an active community (I certainly hope there will be), will you (paul) extend the language beyond what is na'viish to make it more practical or figure out a way the na'vi could have encountered humanistic concepts and objects to have to express in na'vi
What else do you do in you free time?
I write software, shop, watch films with friends... that's about it, I use to cycle a bit. My main time is taken with developing software though and studying chemistry.
Name your top three favorite Earth animals from most favorite to least. Why those? What's the animal you're most terrified of?
I quite like puppies and kittens, their adult versions are okay I guess
I'm not massive fan of animals, I don't dislike them just don't love them but if you could make a puppy or kitten stay so small and cute and playful too... that'd be soo awesome!
Most scared of snakes, I simply can't stand them.
Pirate, ninja, zombie, or robot?
Something else? Maybe a combo? Exactly what subtype? Why? (For those of you not so versed in trash tropes, this question basically amounts to asking "What superpowers would you like to have?")
Ninja ... Isn't that obvious? Ninja's are awesome!
What three items would you take to a desert island and why?
Anything from books, movies, games, instruments, music, sporting equipment, etc. You'd be provided with means to fully utilize the chosen items – electricity, MP3 player, etc. –, but you couldn't use them for anything else. Escape is not possible.
Erm... difficult: electricity, computer, my teddy, can i take a friend?
and maybe a book?
If you could travel to anywhere in space and time (including fictional universes), where would you go and why?
Pandora probably if not pandora deep space nine. I think it's obvious why
(they're both awesome!)
If you were granted one single wish what would it be?
Since you should never answer this question with 'more wishes' and my real answer is too secretive to post here i'm going to say to be able to think and be fluent in na'vi... maybe be a na'vi but would i need two wishes to also be on pandora as a na'vi? if so just be brilliant in the language because being a na'vi on earth wouldn't be so great.
What is a question you'd ask yourself? How would you answer it?
I have no idea >.<
True or false?
Write three statements about yourself, the more extravagant the better. At least one of them must be true. At the end of the week, you'll have to tell which ones were truthful and which made up.
- I've eaten crocodile
- I've disaramed someone with a knife
- I've been interviewed on TV
What is the funniest, weirdest, or most embarrassing Na'vi or Avatar related thing that has happened to you?
Something along the lines of a MLIA
Ermm... I sometimes use 'srak' or stuff in english by accident, I've done it at university a few times, it's hard to explain to people who only know you briefly about na'vi
What is your favourite fruit
Asked by the previous NotW.
This is very hard as I love green apples but also if i'm in the mood I can super crave oranges and I adore green grapes >.< hmm maybe grapes grapes are nice but so are apples...
It's one of those three anyway