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Old 03-14-2010, 07:30 PM
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Default Lesson 3 - Basic Phrases; Or "How To Say 'Hello'"?

I'm sure you're hungry for some Na'vi sentences you can use already.
Those are pretty easy sentences.
Please, do not try to put Na'vi words in there just yet. We will get to it.

Kaltx
Kalt-i (remember the px kx tx pronounciation, notice the )
Hello/Greeting

irayo
Thank you

Kyevame
"Kehevame" (remember to check the pronouncing HERE)
Goodbye, see you soon

Oel ngati Kameie
[wel nati Kameie] (notice "ng"^)
I See you
(please do not abuse this phrase, as it describes some very deep emotions - still it's used as "I understand you", "I see your point". Theoreticaly it is right, but you can't really imagine Na'vi telling Na'vi "I See you" when he makes a statement... )

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Kaltx nmun
(notice the in nimun)
Hello again
I used to use that a lot while my learning course. Using this phrase is a good way to memorise word "nmun".

You might have noticed that I might have forgotten "" in some words. It's ok. Since some keyboards don't support writing that chars (you can do that via ALT+ method) people write normal "i,a", etc. You can still read the message properly, which is the point of the whole learning course, right?
KalaKuival pointed out a very important thing that usage of and i makes difference in the word's meaning. If someone knows the numbers for ALT+ method please post them here. For now you should just find an "" char somewhere, and copy it into your text when you write something.


There, you have the basic phrases.
Check out our IRC channel, you can freely use Na'vi there
Most of us use the phrases above. Some use more complicated sentences. Not too complicated thou. You will learn everything in time

I should point out that the language is still being developed. Changes may occur as the time goes by. You don't have to worry much right now. Basic stuff is already here, ready to get learned

Quick-link To Lesson 4- Lesson 4 - Lenition, Or "Softening Words".
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You might have noticed that I might have forgotten "" in some words. It's ok. Since some keyboards don't support writing that chars (you can do that via ALT+ method) people write normal "i,a", etc. You can still read the message properly, which is the point of the whole learning course, right?
Still I disagree, not using -s -s in the words and forgetting '-s from the beginning or the end of the sentence really makes a difference.
some examples

m - (in, on), mi - (still, yet), s - (and), si (do, make)
with I can't think of any word meaning changes, but the words could get messy and not understandable: fpa (top) (writing fapa one might not even think of havig in the word or might think that both a-s are -s and so on)
' for example... 'em (cook) or em (across), 'i'a (end, conclude) or 'ia (lose oneself, spiritually) + forgetting '-s lenition for words goes wrong too...

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I agree (ah but with who? )
I think that the use of special characters is important for understading and formality but it can't be helped if some people cannot or do not know how to use them and maybe for speed in some circumstances. A balance can be found between the two sides (where else would this balance be helpful? )
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KalaKuival pointed out a very important thing that usage of and i makes difference in the word's meaning. If someone knows the numbers for ALT+ method please post them here. For now you should just find an "" char somewhere, and copy it into your text when you write something.
Alt codes (make sure Num lock is on, works only with numbers on NUM PAD):

Works only on english keyboards, which means that if you have another layout installed you have to change it to english first!

Alt code for is alt - 0236. Also to get you could simply press the " ` " button once and then" i "..." ` "usually located on the left side of the keyboard next to no 1...
And : alt code alt - 0228. Also possible to hold down shift, press " ' " button and then a ( " ' "is not the same as" `" you used to make ) the " ' " is located near the large enter key on the right side of the keyboard (find it)
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works for me
Hmm did you find those codes somehow, or did you find it via Google?

- 0236 writes ě for Polish I'd like to find a code for my keyboard setup too (~ + a doesnt work here, it gives "ą"). Any ideas how? Charmap doesn't give a code for that char. Is there another way to find it?
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works for me
Hmm did you find those codes somehow, or did you find it via Google?

- 0236 writes ě for Polish I'd like to find a code for my keyboard setup too (~ + a doesnt work here, it gives "ą"). Any ideas how? Charmap doesn't give a code for that char. Is there another way to find it?
I found via google, but i doubt there is a way in other languages. Alt 0236 gives ģ in estonian...
But really change your keyboard layout settings to English... If you don't know how, then ask
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