How to Learn Avatar's Na'vi Language

Na'vi language was developed by Professor Paul Frommer for the 2009 James Cameron film Avatar. As of April 2010, there has been a growing community of Na'vi language learners and proponents.[1] This article will help you get started in a language that is just blossoming and will undoubtedly continue to grow as fans across the world build upon its foundations.


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    Check out the Learn Na'vi wiki. It's at: Here you can find many Na'vi language resources, including Na'vi in a Nutshell, Crash Course in Linguistics and the Navi-English dictionary.
    • Study the grammar basics that are provided on the wiki.
    • Learn the existing vocabulary. It's likely that the extent of vocabulary will increase over time, so keep informed.
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    Visit the Learn Na'vi site. It's at
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    Decide which school of thought you follow when learning the vocabulary. One group of Na'vi learners prefers not to translate commonplace Earth words because they don't think that the sky people would know words for a lot of manufactured and technological items that we are used to on Earth. The other group of Na'vi learners believes that the sky people would have spoken about Earth and translated these words.[2]
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    Visit Na'vi forums to talk with other people learning Na'vi and to share conversations in Na'vi. There are forums on the sites mentioned in this article, and others that promote the Na'vi language.
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    Follow the Twitter account @LearnNavi.[3] There are also audio transcriptions to listen to. This will help you to keep up with all the latest developments in Na'vi, including such news as "first Na'vi manga developed!", or announcements of apps, updates, new works, etc.
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    Learn some basic phrases. While learning some vocabulary and grammar, it's a lot of fun to also learn some phrases off by heart. Some to get you started include:[4]
    • "Hello, how are you?": Kaltxì. Nga-ru lu fpom srak?
    • "It’s a pleasure to be able to chat with you in Na’vi": Tsun oe nga-hu nì-Na’vi p‹iv›ängkxo a fì-’u oe-ru prrte’ lu.


  • Na'vi took five years to create.
  • Na'vi has a tripartite grammatical system, in common with the Australian Aboriginal language Wangkumara which was spoken in Queensland and may now be extinct.
  • Help with pronunciation.

Things You'll Need

  • Na'vi dictionary (download a PDF form)
  • Na'vi grammar guide

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Categories: Fictional Languages