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Conversational Vocab - Learn These First

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Erimeyz:
Beginners sometimes ask: "What are the most important words to learn?"

We now have a "Na'vi Only" forum section, in which experienced Na'vi learners have been holding lengthy conversations exclusively in Na'vi.  By analyzing the text of those conversations, we can see which words are used most frequently in "everyday Na'vi".  By learning those most common words first, beginners will be better prepared to join in the conversations.

The following words account for approximately two-thirds of the Na'vi text from the Na'vi Only forums.  They are listed roughly in order of frequency, but they have been grouped together by function to make it easier to learn them.  Only the uninflected root forms are listed here, i.e. "oe" but not "oel", "oeti", "oeru", etc.  Likewise "lu" but not "layu", "lolu", "livu", etc.

Just memorizing this word list won't be enough to understand or participate in the Na'vi Only conversations.  You'll need to learn the basics of Na'vi grammar, such as how to inflect words like "oe" and "lu" for case and tense, and you'll need to expand your vocabulary beyond just the most common words.  But if you start by learning these words so that you don't have to keep looking them up in the dictionary, you'll have a strong foundation for the rest of your Na'vi studies.

I hope you find this list helpful.

  - Eri

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Pronouns
oe - I
ayoeng - we
awnga - we
nga - you (singular)
aynga - you (plural)
po - he, she, it
poan - he
poe - she
fo - they
ayfo - they

Basic Verbs
lu - to be
tok - be at a place
si - make/do
tìng - give

Basic Modifiers
ke - not
a - which, that
lahe - other
kxawm - perhaps

Words and Language
lì'u - word
lì'fya - language
plltxe - speak
tslam - understand
ral - meaning
fpìl - think
omum - know
Na'vi - The People
nìNa'vi - in the Na'vi way
leNa'vi - Na'vi-like
plltxe nìNa'vi - speak the Na'vi language

People, Things
fko - one (a person or thing, not the number)
fìpo - this one
lapo - other one
frapo - everyone
kawtu - no one
'awpo - one person or thing
fì'u - this thing
tsa'u - that thing
fra'u - everything
ke'u - nothing
'upe - what thing?

Time, Place, Manner
krr - time
krrpe - when?
tsakrr - that time
frakrr - always
kawkrr - never
nulkrr - longer
tengkrr - while
set - now
tseng - place
tsengpe - where?
fìtseng - here
tsatseng - there
fya - way
fyape - how?
fìfya - this way
tengfya - same way

Conjunctions
ulte - and (for clauses)
sì - and (not for clauses)
slä - but
fu - or
txo - if
ha - so, in that case
fte - so that, in order to

Modal Verbs
tsun - can
zene - must
new - want

Relative Pronouns
futa - that; this thing that/which
tsnì - that; thusly, like so

Adpositions
mì - in
ta - from
ne - towards
vay - up to
fa - by means of
na - like, as
fpi - for the sake of

Particles
ma - particle of address
rutxe - please
irayo - thanks
srak - yes/no question
srane - yes
kehe - no
san - quote
sìk - unquote
tut - continuation ("... and you?" etc)

Adverbs of Quantity
nì'aw - only
nìtxan - much
nìhawng - too
nìmun - again
nì'ul - more
nìwotx - all
nìteng - also
kop - also

Other Common Words
sìltsan - good
nìltsan - well
muiä - right
txoa - forgiveness
prrte' - pleasure

Ftiafpi:
Irayo! I'll make sure that the spoken words include all of these. Really useful stuff.

Erimeyz:

--- Quote from: Ftiafpi on February 07, 2010, 10:43:24 am ---I'll make sure that the spoken words include all of these.

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Excellent!  Rock on your bad self!


--- Quote from: Ftiafpi on February 07, 2010, 10:43:24 am ---Really useful stuff.

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Irayo ngaru.

  - Eri

Scruffy:
Sticky sticky stickt sticky iryao :)

kewnya txamew'itan:
Just thought, there's the useful particle of continuation tut that you don't have.

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