Brand new details about the new reef Na'vi language dialect were provided today via Naviteri.org, Professor Paul Frommer's Na'vi language blog. This update comes after a previous allusion to the appearance of a brand new dialect in Avatar: The Way of Water in a previous blog post. Frommer has promised to provide even more details during the new year, however the two new details he revealed are as follows:
In reef Na'vi, the sy consonant cluster is pronounced "sh" (syaw > shaw).
Additionally, the reef peoples have a synonym for omum, "know", that is more frequently utilized where the forest peoples would use omum: syawm (pronounced "shawm" in the Na'vi reef dialect.)
Both of these examples can be heard during your next viewing of The Way of Water. The new word and the dialectal shift both occur during Quaritch's hunt for Jake Sully after he flees the Omatikaya people. Listen closely to the dialogue during Jennifer Stafford's brief appearance as the Ta'unui tsahìk, where she says ayoe ke shawm, or "we don't know", in response to Quaritch's interrogations.
Hello AVATAR clan,
kaltxì ma olo’ unìltirantokxähello avatar clan!
The year of AVATAR 2 is upon us, and despite a quiet month in the fandom there's still a lot to be excited about in the coming months! Let's take a look back at January to see what all was revealed/announced across the Na'vi Language community and AVATAR fandom.
Community podcast Eana Mokri came out of the gates swinging with a brand new episode to kick off the new year! Episode 32, "How to Talk About AVATAR News with Eana Mokri" discussed Kelutral.org's appearance on How to With John Wilson, the year of AVATAR 2, and caught up with the end of the year grammar updates from Paul Frommer over on Naviteri. But that wasn't all from Eana Mokri this month! They also published episode 33, Live from OmatiCon, which was recorded during Kelutral's second-annual OmatiCon on January 8th. Both episodes are now available on the podcast streaming platform of your choice.
Naviteri.org was quiet this month, absent of its usual end of month language update from Paul Frommer. We hope this is indication of the franchise entering the final phases before the sequel's release this December! The one update we did receive clarified some longstanding grammar questions, which is always welcome (especially since some of these questions have existed for nearly 13 years at this point!) Read Paul's post here.
Nearly a year ago to the day, Kelutral.org partnered with a community for AVATAR: Pandora Rising, and over the course of that year not much changed in that community due to silence on the development end of the game. That changed at the end of January, when the AVATAR: Pandora Rising development team completed the final server merge, bringing all pre-release players into a single server.
For Kelutral, this signals major changes on the horizon. We used the silence of January to perform a complete overhaul on the Pandora Rising branch and prepare it for the game's eventual global release later this year.
In addition to Pandora Rising, @officialavatar announced an additional mobile game coming later this year: AVATAR: Reckoning! A closed beta test took place in Canada last weekend and reactions from those who participated are extremely positive. The game promises to be an interesting look into post-film Pandora, while also being an engaging multiplayer game. Stay tuned for breaking news on this game's development!
Kelutral Status Update
Kelutral exists to provide a home for the James Cameron's AVATAR fanbase and to promote the growth of the Na'vi language community. Our goal is to create a space to learn Na'vi that is on the bleeding edge of innovation and growth. Part of accomplishing these goals is recognizing where others are more equipped to provide certain resources, and so with that in mind, we have two announcements concerning our community that we would like to reveal.
Kelutral.org is pleased to announce a collaborative partnership with LearnNavi.org. In additon to having their own learning programs, LearnNavi is the internet's premier archive of the Na'vi language's history and canon. Mid-January, the administrators of Kelutral and LearnNavi met and reached an agreement on a set of goals to promote the growth and health of the Na'vi language community over the coming years. You will find a link to LearnNavi in the "friends" section of our footer in addition to the continued reference to LearnNavi resources in our learning community.
The second announcement that we would like to make is that we are going to be supplementing Na'vi as a Second Language so that NaSL can be taken offline for a much needed rewrite and format change. To achieve this, we are announcing the Na'vi Survival Guide- an innovative, interactive virtual lesson series that is the first of its kind in the history of the Na'vi language community. Designed to be evergreen content with interactive, variable practice, the Na'vi Survival Guide will provide a space for learners with even the smallest amount of time or availability to learn the Na'vi language without needing live lessons. Take part in the open beta for series 1 here!
That’s all for January. A lot to look forward to from around the "AVATAR" community! Be sure to follow our socials for breaking news from the franchise and fanbase as it happens.
Kaltxì ma frapo! Following are snippets of an email from Karyu Pawl regarding some info on numbers and a new interjection for "ow" or "ouch":
Pawl also replied to another question concerning an interjection for "ouch" or "ow", to which he gave the following suggestion:
Siva ko ulte 'ivong Na'vi!
Kaltxì ma frapo! We received an expansion on the usage of 'efu today that is worth sharing with the community. When asked about the transitivity of 'efu when used with abstract thoughts or feelings, Karyu Pawl provided the following explanation:
Siva ko ulte 'ivong Na'vi!
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