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Old 12-27-2010, 10:56 PM
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Kaltaxi is not pronounced the way you might think. Many are unaware of this, and I'm here to point out the truth.

Do not pronounce "taxi" like...well....taxi, the thing that drives you around the city. Instead, simple pronounce it as you would pronounce "TEH."

So saying kaltaxi should be said as though you were saying "KALTEH."

Try it!

And never think of it this way again ...
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:21 PM
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You can hear its correct pronunciation when Grace comes into clan for the first time in the film. She says it to the kids. And it sounds much like what you spelled there.
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:09 AM
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Also: don't forget the t sound in this word is ejective! That's why 'tx' is used.

The last letter is an , not an i, which is why it ends on an 'ih' sort of sound rather than an 'ee' sound.

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Old 12-28-2010, 01:30 AM
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this is what i said once on AF, the "ti" is pronounced "teh" and i got told i was wrong i guess i was right?
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:14 AM
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this is what i said once on AF, the "ti" is pronounced "teh" and i got told i was wrong i guess i was right?
No you're still wrong.

Jk...or am I?
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:19 AM
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Nah, I already knew the pronunciation.

It's easy to tell with any word with an "x" in it in Na'vi. If there's an "x", you just sound it out in the word using a glottal stop. Whenever there's an "x", pronounce it like saying the "uh" in "uh-oh". Then you're good to go.
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Old 12-28-2010, 10:05 AM
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Nah, I already knew the pronunciation.

It's easy to tell with any word with an "x" in it in Na'vi. If there's an "x", you just sound it out in the word using a glottal stop.

No, glottal stops are represented by apostrophes (as in the word Na'vi).

The letters with x after them (tx, kx, px...) are ejectives.
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:42 AM
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ISV is right.

Also note that there is no letter "x" (alone) the in Na'vi alphabet, so it cannot be everywhere like the glottal stop.
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:47 PM
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I didn't ever pronounce it like that, although the tx sound has varied as I still find it a bit hard to make sometimes, but I do pronounce it close to how you described (as the right way) in the OP.
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Old 12-29-2010, 04:57 PM
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You can hear its correct pronunciation when Grace comes into clan for the first time in the film. She says it to the kids. And it sounds much like what you spelled there.
Grace's is almost WRONG, at least for the ejectives.
Don't take " x = ' ", they are completely different...
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:22 AM
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really? I always pronounced it "kalxi", but I can't speak na'vi anyway
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