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Old 06-21-2010, 11:01 PM
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Everyone (should) know the blessing/greeting Eywa ngahu.

The prollem is, in the Na'vi in a nutshell teaching guide, it's always spelled nga-hu, and the Na'vi dictionary shows with as hu-, with the hyphen. Does that mean that hu-nga is also valid? Am I wrong to assume that the hyphen in the 'official' dictionary means that it is required in spelling?

More importantly, learnnavi.org has a tshirt with Eywa ngahu on it, and it is handsome (might buy it), but not unless I know if it's spelled right or not.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:07 AM
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It's marked like nga-hu in the nutshell just for people to see where the word comes from. Of course the right spelling is ngahu

And good thinking, hu nga ( but not hunga or something like that) is also valid and can be used, but it's not that...fancy i suppose

The shirt is "correct" and if you like it, go for it!
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:06 AM
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The hyphen is used to show that it is an adposition, not a separate word. Also it is used to show that hu does not cause lenition, if it would be a + (like with ay+) it would cause lenition to the word it is attached to.

And as KalaKuival said, hu nga is as valid as ngahu - use what fits your impression of flow in the speech best.
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:44 AM
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I guess you can do that (ngahu -> hu nga) only with adpositions (above, behind, etc.).
Don't do it with normal suffixes or your word will look crappy

(ayoe -> oe ay ... huh... - That is just wrooong)
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Technically, there are no rules on how to write Na'vi as it is a spoken language.
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Old 06-23-2010, 11:47 PM
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In the survival guide its spelled Eywa Ngahu.
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