Author Archives: Pawl

Twenty before the Holidays

Kaltxì ayngaru, ma eylan. I hope you’re all doing well and looking forward to healthy and happy holidays. Here are some new vocabulary items I hope you’ll find useful. Thanks, as always, to the stalwart LEP contributors for some of … Continue reading

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Tson sì Fpomron—Obligation and Mental Health

Kaltxì, ma frapo. I have some new vocabulary for you today that I think you’ll find useful. Most of these will be in the categories of obligation and mental health, but there will be some miscellaneous words as well. Thanks … Continue reading

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Stxeli Alor: The text

Here’s the text to the listening exercise in the previous post. If you haven’t already, I think it would be a great idea to listen to the narrative several times and try to write out what you hear. Then compare … Continue reading

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Stxeli Alor–A Beautiful Gift

Kaltxì, ma smuk. As a little listening exercise, I’d like to tell you about a beautiful gift John and I received. First, a couple of new words you’ll need: krrka (adp-, KRR.ka) ‘during’ tìreyn (n., tì.REYN) ‘train’ (borrowed from English) … Continue reading

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Tsawlultxamaw a Aylì’u—Post-meetup Words

Kaltxì nìmun, ma frapo! Another great North American meet-up of the lì’fyaolo’ and the wider Uniltìrantokxolo’ is now behind us. As you know, AvatarMeet 2014 was held in Los Angeles, and so it was a pleasure for my muntxatu alu … Continue reading

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Teri tsalì’u alu nìfkeytongay—About “nìfkeytongay”

I’ve been reminded that I haven’t yet officially introduced this useful word, although I had promised to in a comment in a previous post. So here it is: nìfkeytongay (adv., nì.fkey.to.NGAY) ‘actually, as a matter of fact’ The word is … Continue reading

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Mipa Aylì’u, Mipa Aysäfpìl—New Words, New Ideas

Kaltxì ayngaru, ma eylan! As May comes to a close, here’s some new vocabulary I hope you’ll find useful. Aysämokìri atxantsan, oeyä aymowarsiyuru [see below!] irayo nìtxan! mowar (n., mo.WAR) ‘advice, bit or piece of advice’ Ma Neytiri, ayoel kin … Continue reading

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Value and Worth

Kaltxì, ma frapo, Last time we looked at expressions for barter and exchange using the adposition yoa. This time we move to a related semantic domain and consider how to talk about value and worth. Like the last post, this … Continue reading

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Barter and Exchange

Kaltxì, ma eylan. Well, 2014 has gotten off to a slow start for me. But here’s a brief post, just under the wire for February, with more to follow soon. This post introduces an important new word: yoa. yoa (adp-, … Continue reading

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Mipa Zìsìt Lefpom! Happy New Year!

A very Happy New Year, my friends! May 2014 bring health, peace, and joy to you all. NìNa’vi . . . 

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