Obviously, hi, I'm new.
Since it seems a good way to start off, I suppose I'll say why I want to learn Na'vi. I wanted to learn it when the movie was released, but have never learned a second language and was quite intimidated by the prospect. Thus it simply fell off to the side until recently when I started a gaming group with a handful of my friends. It's a tabletop roleplay system, and long story short I'm outlining an interactive Pandora experience for them to explore and interact with a fanfic like universe. Many of them wanted to know if their characters could speak Na'vi, and I challenged them saying that if they could speak it themselves, then yes, their characters could know it. That left the 'problem' that I would also have to know the language so that I would be able to tell if they were bluffing or not. And so, excuse at hand, I launched myself headfirst into the new endeavor. I started out like I imagine most do, with many YouTube videos. I'm an auditory learner, so that was easiest for me. When I began exhausting what I could understand (Ftiafpi, if you're on here, your voice is now permanently in my head!), I began opening pdf's to learn grammar. As of the moment, I'm studying Tirea Aean's lessons with Horen Lì'fyayä leNa'vi (A Reerence grammar of Na'vi) next on my list. I just finished lesson six. And I am beginning to add Na'vi words into my notes to help expand my vocabulary.
I also have a Na'vi name that has followed with me since shortly after the movie was released. I know it is not a direct translation of my name, but when I heard it I absolutely fell in love with it and have thus decided to keep it. Oeru fko syaw Ali'ìmaluI (with dative suffix) am called Ali'ìmalu
I did change the name slightly once I learned proper pronunciation of Na'vi vowels. It was Ali'imalu. I softened the second i to ì because I personally liked the flow better.
I think I am also driving myself crazy because I want to understand every part of every word of every sentence. For instance, I am going to now to search through my lesson notes to see why fko syaw
translates to am called