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Seze Mune:
As this thread has grown, we realize there is much to weed through before one finds the polished proverbs. For those who want only these, I will mention the post numbers where these proverbs are collected and presented.  However for those who wish to learn Na'vi,  there is MUCH value in reading through each page and noting the discussions of cases, word values, adpositions and much more.  I recommend the journey.   ;)

Now to the posts.  See these for the completed proverbs:

Post #  10     (page 1)
Post #  41    (page  3)
Post # 228   (page 16)
Post # 340   (page 23)
Post # 387   (Page 26)
Post # 446   (Page 30)
Post # 563   (Page 38)
Post #1280  (Page 86)
Post #1288  (Page 86)
Post #1290  (Page 87)
Post #1298  (Page 87)
Post #1299  (page 87)
Post #1303  (Page 87)
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ORIGINAL POST:


Actually, this combines my attempt to learn Na'vi with a little fun.  Corrections much appreciated!  And please add your own 'proverbs' if you like. :)

Peyhrr ayutral zivup, aysyaksyuk tayul.

Loosely translated: When when big guys (or big plans) go down, the little guys will scatter.  

Taron nìltsan leiu sre'ohakx 'efu.

Seze Mune:
Rä'ä s<er>ar tukru 'aku ayzize' ftu ngeyä 'eylanä  're'o.

Do not use a spear to remove a hellfire wasp from your friend's forehead.

Puvomun:

--- Quote from: Seze Mune on March 07, 2012, 09:37:33 am ---Taron nìltsan leiu sre'ohakx 'efu.

--- End quote ---

It would be better to say this as:
Hunting is good before you are/feel hungry. To make verb-ing, you put tì in front of the verb.

Tìtaron lu sìltsan sre ngal 'efu ohakxit.
(We'll cover the l / it later in the lessons.)

The easiest way to say this:

Taron sre ngal 'efu ohakxit.
Hunt before you feel hungry.

Seze Mune:

--- Quote from: Puvomun on March 07, 2012, 02:23:15 pm ---
--- Quote from: Seze Mune on March 07, 2012, 09:37:33 am ---Taron nìltsan leiu sre'ohakx 'efu.

--- End quote ---

It would be better to say this as:
Hunting is good before you are/feel hungry. To make verb-ing, you put tì in front of the verb.

Tìtaron lu sìltsan sre ngal 'efu ohakxit.
(We'll cover the l / it later in the lessons.)

The easiest way to say this:

Taron sre ngal 'efu ohakxit.
Hunt before you feel hungry.

--- End quote ---

Irayo, ma karyu.  I was wondering about the case endings.  Can they go on adverbs as well as objects?  I'm thinking 'hungry' is an adverb referring to 'feeling' which is a state of being.  I didn't know I could put the patientive case ending on it.

Puvomun:

--- Quote from: Seze Mune on March 07, 2012, 01:40:59 pm ---Rä'ä s<er>ar tukru 'aku ayzize' ftu ngeyä 'eylanä  're'o.

Do not use a spear to remove a hellfire wasp from your friend's forehead.

--- End quote ---

Rä'ä sar tukruti fpi 'aku zize'ti krr a pumìl tok mì re'o a ngeyä 'eylan.
Don't use spear for-reason remove wasp when it is located on head of your friend.
pum is 'it' which points back to something previously mentioned.

No <er>, as that means 'doing it now', 'fpi' - for the reason of, no ay in ayzize' (only 1). ;)

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