Last week, the first ever opera in Klingon was held at The Hague. Language enthusiasts can’t help but get excited about something like that, even though the idea of learning a “fake” language may seem silly to some. (Think about it though – is there really such a thing as a fake language?)
Needless to say, Star Trek fans are absolutely delighted about this development. I suppose that even those who don’t know Klingon will want to see the opera should it be shown again. Before you decide to learn Klingon now, though, you might want to know that there is another “exotic” language that you can pick up: Na’vi.
Die hard fans of James Cameron’s Avatar have probably beaten me to it and have their noses buried in a Na’vi dictionary by now. Just in case you don’t know yet, though, the Na’vi language was invented by Paul Frommer, a linguistics professor at the University of Southern California. (That should add some credibility to the language, right?)
So yeah, while Avatar was not the greatest film, it still offers a unique experience, and it has gathered its own special following – including people who would want to learn Na’vi. Here’s a video tutorial if you’re interested. Not to be mean or anything, but I really wasn’t enticed to learn the language at all after watching the video. Why don’t you watch it and let me know after?
If you’re still really interested in learning Na’vi – just in case you actually get to interact with people who speak the language – you can go to the official web site: Learn the Na’vi Language.
Note: I really wanted this post to be all about using the video to encourage Avatar fans to learn Na’vi, but I have a feeling the video’s not gonna cut it.