Quick Follow-up

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Quick Follow-up
Release date September 30, 2010
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Just a couple more conversational expressions.

The usual response when you're introduced to someone new is, of course, Oel ngati kameie, ma ____. But in addition you can say:

47. Nice to know you. Smon nìprrte'.

To ask how to say something in Na'vi:

48. How do you say X in Na'vi? X nìNa'vi (slu) pelì'u?

Note that slu ‘become' is used here rather than lu. But it's frequently omitted in conversation.

Finally, to let someone know there's no rush, that it's OK to go slowly and take time (not just in speech but in any activity):

49. Take your time; don't rush. Slow is fine. Ke zene win säpivi. 'Ivong nìk'ong.

In conversation, säpivi is usually pronounced spivi. (The main stress in the sentence, however, is on win.) The second sentence is proverbial—literally, “Let it unfold slowly.”

A word on initial glottal stops:

The comments were perceptive. It's when something precedes the initial tìftang that you hear it clearly.

Take 'eylan ‘friend' vs. the short plural eylan. If you say the words in isolation, I doubt there's much of a distinction, if any. But put them in phrases like (1) oeyä 'eylan and (2) oeyä eylan and you hear the difference. In (1) there's a sharp break between the words; in (2) the words flow together smoothly with no break.

Sivop nìzawnong, ma aysopyu.