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Old 02-19-2012, 05:48 PM
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Default Color Coded Na'vi Phonics - Two Letter Words

So considering that in my first language, English, i barely comprehend the concept of phonics and grammer, needless to say in my attempts to learn Na'vi, i'm on a definitive curve of some kind. For myself I found it helpful to take a 'Montessori' approach, to learning the basic phonics aspects, which uses color-coding to distinguish the different phonograms. I'm using and expansion on the lesson from the Learn Na'vi Activity Book, on two letter words, to illustrate.

vowels
consonants
vowel dipthongs and pseudovowels
consonant digraphs
morpheme and leniting morpheme boundrary's

adjectives:

hay next
law clear, certain
ngay true
pxay many
pxi sharp
wew cold
ye satisfied, content, satiated, full
yey straight
yll communal


adposition:

o- below
eo- before, in front of (place)
fa- with, by means of
few- across, aiming for the opposite side of
hu- with (accompanyment)
io- above
ka- across, covering thoroughly
kay- from now (in the future)
maw- after (time)
m+ in, on
na- like, as
ne- to, towards (direction)
pxaw- around
ro+ at (locative)
ta- from (locative); from (temporal sense with other time words)
uo- behind
vay- up to
w+ against (as in fight against)


adverbs:

ha so, in that case
ke not
li already
mi yet, still as before


conjunctions:

fu or
ki but, rather, but instead
s and
txo if


filler:

um, err


interrogative:

au explanation of consternation


nouns:

'u thing (object, fact, abstraction)
au drum (made of skin)
ayu things
key face
krr time
kxa mouth
kxll charge, running attack
kxu harm
lew cover, lid
ngrr root
pay water, liquid
taw sky
trr day
txi hurry, hurried, frenzy
uk shadow
vey food made from animal origin, flesh
way song (ancient, ceremonial)
ya air


numbers:

'aw one
kew zero
mrr five
pxey three


particles:

ko solicit agreement
ma O (vocative marker)
te (used in full names)
tse well (conversation starter)
to (part comparitive marker) than


pronouns:

fo they
nga you
oe I, me
po he/she
tsaw that, it (as intransitive subject)


prefixs:

f- this
s- (instrumental noun)
tsa- that
tsay+ those

stative intransitive verb:

lu be, am, is, are (predicative copular existential verb)(signifies possession)


verbs:

pey wait, wait for
si auxilery verb 'do' affix
txey halt


intransitive verbs:

k go
rey live
zo be well, be intact, be as it should be, work correctly, or as nature intended


transitive verbs:

eyk lead
wo reach for


transitive modal verb:

new want




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Thank you Mika, your list compiled words from different sources, into one easily referenced list. A few of the words I could NOT find, and that hampered my ability to say things in Na'vi.
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To TireaAean, and Niri Te, thank you for your comments, they are much appreciated!

To compile the list I had looked through about three or four different official resources, Learn Na'vi downloads and wiki, and Wiki books, plus the activity book to come up with the whole list (and hopefully did so accurately). And as to verbaly practicing, well I only have audio sound bites to listen too, unfornately, no partner to practice with, yet!

So to add to my original post:

Another aspect of the Montessori Method is that its teaching philosophy focuses on learning through patterns. Although I presented the 'grammatical' list fist, techinically the 'first steps' would be through phonology recognition. So I'm representing the same above list in phono/sound groups. The same color coding applies.

EDIT: Also this is a great way to learn to 'pronounce' the Na'vi phonogram sounds, because of the repitition in each group (vs using longer words, or alphabet). Plus the benefint that you are learning words, not just sounds)

vowels
consonants
vowel dipthongs and pseudovowels
consonant digraphs
morpheme and leniting morpheme boundrary's


Vowels only group:

au; o-; eo-; io-; ; oe; uo-;


'a' group

fa-; ha; ka-; kxa; na-; ma; nga; ta-; tsa-; ya;


'' group

k; s-; w+;


'e' group

ke; ne-; te; tse; ye;


'i' group

ki; li; mi; pxi; si; txi;


'' group

f-; m+; s;


'o' group

fo; ko; po; ro+; to; txo; wo; zo;


'u' group

'u; ayu; fu; hu-; lu; kxu;


'aw' group

'aw; law; maw-; pxaw-; taw; tsaw;


'ay' group

hay; kay-; ngay; pay; pxay; tsay; vay-; way;


'ew' group

few-; lew; kew; new; wew;


'ey' group

key; pey; pxey; rey; txey; vey; yey;


'll' group

kxll; yll;


'rr' group

krr; mrr; ngrr; trr;


'k' group (note these are the only two letter words that end in a consonant)

eyk; uk;


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