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Offline Esmond

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Vocabulary Expansion Suggestions (Speech and Language)
« on: March 12, 2010, 10:58:02 am »
Alright I was thinking maybe we should add more adjectives to describe situations, feelings etc.

Example we have sìltsan that means good/well but we don't have anything like amazing, outstanding or awesome. Maybe these words could make conversations a little more dramatic and interesting. That's one of my suggestions.

I'm also thinking of non-English words to propose as Ftiafpi has suggested me to. Maybe some Malay or Chinese words.  

What do you guys think?

Suggestion List:
Amazing/Awesome - Adjective - The food is amazing/awesome.
Outstanding - Adjective - He is an outstanding hunter.
Horrible - Adjective - The Sky People did horrible things.
Tense - Adjective - Everyone is feeling very tensed right now.
Best - Adjective - My ikran is the best.
Wish - Verb - I wish Hometree was never destroyed.

List Update
Precious - Adjective - We have to protect our precious home.
Fragile - Adjective - After the destruction of Hometree, Neytiri is in a very fragile state.
Addicted - Adjective - It is easy to become addicted to flying after your first flight.
State - Noun - Grace is in a very bad state.


That's what I can think up so far but I'll be updating every so often! =)

« Last Edit: March 13, 2010, 07:31:29 am by Esmond »

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Re: Vocabulary Expansion Sueggestions (Speech and Language)
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2010, 11:05:41 am »
By all means, post whatever you think would be a useful word. You can use something similar to the following format so it's easy for the editors to pick out the words.

Amazing - Adjective - That flight was amazing.
Outstanding - Adjective - This food is outstanding.
Awesome - Adjective - The awesome destruction of hometree.

Also, please suggest any non-English words/concepts that you feel would be good or interesting for Na'vi to have. We definitely don't want Na'vi to be just a mirror image of English.

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Re: Vocabulary Expansion Suggestions (Speech and Language)
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2010, 01:03:05 pm »


Amazing/Awesome - Adjective - The food is amazing/awesome.
Outstanding - Adjective - He is an outstanding hunter.
** For me as a non-english-mothertongue ... what's the difference between "amazing" and "outstanding"? Couldn't you say "The food is outstanding?" and "He is an amazing hunter" too? If yes, the meaning of the adjectives should be defined more clearly, so that Na'vi doesn't simply become "a mirror image of English".

Horrible - Adjective - The Sky People did horrible things.
Tense - Adjective - Everyone is feeling very tensed right now.
** added

Best - Adjective - My ikran is the best.
** Isn't "swey" enough?

Wish - Verb - I wish Hometree was never destroyed.
** most likely covered by the optative-sense of the subjunctive, but nevertheless added

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Re: Vocabulary Expansion Suggestions (Speech and Language)
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2010, 07:03:40 am »


Amazing/Awesome - Adjective - The food is amazing/awesome.
Outstanding - Adjective - He is an outstanding hunter.
** For me as a non-english-mothertongue ... what's the difference between "amazing" and "outstanding"? Couldn't you say "The food is outstanding?" and "He is an amazing hunter" too? If yes, the meaning of the adjectives should be defined more clearly, so that Na'vi doesn't simply become "a mirror image of English".

Horrible - Adjective - The Sky People did horrible things.
Tense - Adjective - Everyone is feeling very tensed right now.
** added

Best - Adjective - My ikran is the best.
** Isn't "swey" enough?

Wish - Verb - I wish Hometree was never destroyed.
** most likely covered by the optative-sense of the subjunctive, but nevertheless added


Noted. Thanks.
« Last Edit: March 13, 2010, 07:26:28 am by Esmond »

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Re: Vocabulary Expansion Suggestions (Speech and Language)
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2010, 07:20:58 am »
To have amazing and outstanding be synonymous in their uses, is an idiomatic use.

Outstanding is synonymous more with being noticeable or unique or it highlights unique distinction of the noun. 
~ We should close out any outstanding threads which have not yet been finalised, or edited for content or prioritisation.

Amazing is synonymous more with causing surprise, the attributive result expected from what is being observed to cause amazement or causing the observer to be amazed usually the speaker. 
~ I observed an amazing display-of-special-effects in the movie Avitar, I did not expect that.
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