How to Say "I See You in Na'vi" in Avatar

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

If you want to immerse yourself in the world of Avatar, then you need to learn the Na'vi language. Luckily for you, it's not as hard as it sounds. Using image-based memory techniques and a little bit of context, you can get to talking a lot of the language very quickly. Thankfully, Na'vi isn't one of those languages where letters are pronounced the same as in English - for example, an x following a letter can change its sound to match the letter that comes before it (cxu or sxtatas).

I see you in na'vi, oel ngati kameyie, is the basic greeting given by Na'vi of all clans on Pandora. This is a very important and respectful term that is used between people of all levels of society.

The language of Avatar was developed by James Cameron along with linguist Paul Frommer. Frommer created an initial list of words with a Polynesian flavor that helped give Cameron a feel for what the language would sound like, and from there he was able to develop a full vocabulary, grammar and syntax – all within six months.

The Na'vi are a species of indigenous inhabitants of the planet Pandora, characterized by their humanoid appearance and a body that is 9 to 10 feet tall. They speak a fictional language called Na'vi, which was created by film director James Cameron and linguistic consultant Paul Frommer. The language was constructed to serve as a means of communication with the aliens seen in the film.

David Sunnyside
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