Thousands of Avatar Fans Learning Na'vi
Educational website even has study guides
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2010 11:45 AM CDT
Bummed you can't communicate with Neytiri? Check out the Learn Na'vi website.   (AP Photo/20th Century Fox)

(Newser) – If you’ve already mastered Klingon, you might want to turn your language learning talents onto Na’vi next. Yes, obsessive Avatar fans are learning the fictional language, most notably at the appropriately named learnnavi.org, where 4,300 people have already contributed to the discussion forums. One commenter, during a discussion with creator of the Na’vi language Paul Frommer, managed to compose an entire—grammatically correct—paragraph in the tongue just 24 hours after Avatar premiered, Slate reports.

How is such a thing possible, with no complete lexicon? Frommer developed a system of rules for his language, and simply by paying attention to the film's dialogue, viewers can figure out those rules. Not all films go to such lengths when creating languages…but not all fan bases would go to the lengths the Na’vi learners have, producing their own study guides and word lists—and signing a petition (3,868 signatures strong so far) asking Frommer for a complete dictionary and grammar rules.

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Orangutan
May 11, 2014 3:01 AM CDT
http://orangutans.beep.com/ The Subud is a word wide organization with a vague background. During the previous decades it become a serious network, which has an effective on every aspect of life, including banks, organizations for youth and culture, enterprises, foundations and a huge empire of property wealth.
ziwazo
Apr 26, 2010 6:07 PM CDT
learn a new language, invent a new language, learn a new invented language, do whatever you want, and enjoy. at least they are actually doing something bettter than bashing other people for doing something cool. no offense to anyone, I'm just saying.
fnua-atxkxe
Mar 26, 2010 5:04 PM CDT
Wow people can be really narrow minded, so what if people want to learn this language, you call them pathetic on a comment on the internet, who is wasting their time here I wonder? Some people really need to get a life and stop bashing other people. Yup, I'm one of the highly active members of that community, yup I'm learning the language. Go ahead and bash us, we honestly could not care less. I love learning this language, there are some really unique aspects in it (verbal transitivity for one, ejectives for another). Honestly do you have nothing better to do than insult us? Kìyevame ulte lefpom ngahu ma oeyä smukan sì smuke, ta fnua atxkxe.