Audio Transcriptions

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These are transcriptions of spoken Na'vi from various audio-only sources, primarily the film Avatar. Please note that these are not canonical transcriptions; they have been developed by the Learn Na'vi community and represent our best effort to document what is actually being said.

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Example Transcription

Source: Paul Frommer's Vanity Fair interview (interview) (clip) (no forum link)

Kaltxì. Ngaru lu fpom srak?
"Hello. How are you?" (literally: "Are you well?")

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Movie Lines

Trying to collect all the lines in Na'vi (both subtitled and not) here.

New York Times article

Source: audio sample by Frommer, with English subtitles, in NY Times article.

Posted by Roger. Updated by Tirea Aean.

Oel hu Txewì trram na’rìngit tarmok.
oe-l hu Txewì trram na’rìng-it t‹arm›ok.
I-erg with (name) yesterday forest-acc occupy‹pst.imfv›
"Yesterday I was with Txewì in the forest
Tsole'a syeptutet atsawl frato mì sìrey.
Ts‹ol›e'a syeptute-t a-tsawl frato mì sìrey.
see‹pfv› trapper-acc attr-big supl in life
"and we saw the biggest Trapper[type of carnivorous plant] I've ever seen."
Lu fo lehrrap.
lu fo lehrrap
be they dangerous
"Those things are dangerous."
Tsun tutet tspivang ko.
tsun tute-t tsp‹iv›ang ko
be.able person-acc kill‹sjv› eh
"They can kill a person, you know."
Oe omun.
"I know."
Nari soli ayoe fteke nìhawng livok.
nari s‹ol›i ay-oe fte-ke nì-hawng l‹iv›ok
eye do‹pfv› pl-I so.that-not adv-excessive close‹sjv›
"We were careful not to get too close."

NPR

Source: Paul Frommer's NPR project interview (interview)

Kaltxì ma Rene.
"Hello, Renee."
Oel ngati kameie.
"I See you. (deep spiritual sense)
Ngaru lu fpom srak?
"Are you well?"
Tsun oe ngahu pivängkxo a fì'u oeru prrte' lu.
"It's a pleasure to be able to chat with you."
Kame ngat.
"(I) See you." (short for: Oel kame ngat; a response to Oel ngati kame)

Lingua Franca Extraterrestrial Na'vi

Source: Paul Frommer's Lingua Franca interview (interview) (audio)

Kaltxì.
"Hello."
Oel ngati kameie.
"I See you"
Ngaru lu fpom srak?
"How are you?"
Tsun oe ngahu nìNa'vi pivängkxo a fì'u oeru prrte' lu.
"It's a pleasure to be able to chat with you in Na'vi."

The Four Questions in Na'vi

Source: Paul Frommer's spoken audio (text) (clip)

Fìtxon na ton alahe nìwotx pelun ke lu teng?
this-night like nights other all why not is same
Tonìri alahe, awngal yom hametsìt, yom matsat, ke tsranten;
fìtxon yom matsat nì'aw.
as-for-nights other we eat hametz eat matzah not matter
this-night eat matzah only
Tonìri alahe, awngal yom fkxenti lerìk nìwotx;
fìtxon yom sat a lu syä'ä nì'aw.
as-for-nights other we eat vegetable-food leafy all
this-night eat those that are bitter only
Tonìri alahe, awnga ke yemfpay si keng 'awlo;
fìtxon yemfpay si melo.
as-for-nights other we not dipping do even once
this-night dipping do twice
Tonìri alahe, awngal yom wutsot tengkrr hereyn nìpxim,
tengkrr teruvon, ke tsranten; fìtxon yom tengkrr teruvon.
as-for-nights other we eat meal while sitting erect
while leaning not matter this-night eat while leaning
Tonìri alahe, awngal yom wutsot nìfya'o letrrtrr;
fìtxon yom nì'eoio.
as-for-nights other we eat meal in-manner ordinary
this-night eat ceremoniously

Note: Words that needed to be added to the lexicon for a Na'vi seder were: hametsì: 'hametz'; matsa: 'matzah'; yemfpay: 'dipping, immersion'; fkxen: 'food of vegetable (as opposed to animal) origin'; pxim: 'erect, straight up and down'; tuvon: 'to lean'; and 'eoio: 'ceremonious'.