An Open Message to Fans of “The Storm” Music Video

Greetings, ma eylan (friends),

It’s been about two weeks (as of this writing) since the video “The Storm” from TheFatRat and Maisy Kay was released. If you have found after hearing the lyrics and want to know more about the Na’vi language, then welcome! We’re glad you’re here!

The Na’vi constructed language was first heard in James Cameron’s Avatar in December of 2009. For the last ten years, a dedicated community of fans has worked with Na’vi’s creator, Dr. Paul Frommer, to help document the language and to develop and expand the vocabulary. That work continues to this day and Na’vi continues to be vital and growing. It is heard in the Cirque du Soleil show Toruk – The First Flight, at Disney’s Pandora – The World of Avatar in Orlando, Florida, in comic books from Dark Horse Comics, in the mobile video game Avatar – Pandora Rising, and soon in four Avatar sequels that are even now in production.

As you may imagine, it is pretty exciting to long-time fans of the Na’vi language to hear it in a music video, especially one from such popular and well-known artists as TheFatRat and Maisy Kay. It is just as exciting to see so many visitors wanting to know more about the language and finding us here at LearnNavi. Although the pronunciation of some of the words in the video was not precise and others got a little rushed to fit the music, the translation posted on Maisy’s Instagram is reasonably accurate (with the exception of an apparent typo of ‘ftu‘ as ‘fru‘ in the Instagram post that is being repeated around the internet – ‘fru‘ is not a word). Astute fans of Na’vi will recognize several lines from the Weaving Song, which was first seen in Avatar: An Activist Survival Guide, published back in November, 2009.

Please feel free to look around the LearnNavi site. There are Na’vi language reference and learning materials in the Media section and Wiki, and also community interaction via the forums and Discord server. Although the number of active fans is not what it used to be, those here are dedicated to Na’vi and are happy to share their expertise with all who wish to learn.

Again, thanks for dropping by.    Kìyevame!

– Mark Miller, LearnNavi Administrator

TheFatRat & Maisy Kay – The Storm

za’u oe [ftu] iknimaya
nìftxavang ting mikyun, ting nari
tompayä kato, tsawkeyä kato
sì ‘ekong te’lanä oeru teya si

English lyrics from Maisy Kay’s Instagram:
“I come from the stairway to heaven
With all your heart listen, look
The rhythm of the rain and sun
and the beat of the hearts fills me”

This is a music video from TheFatRat and Maisy Kay. Some of the Na’vi lyrics are from the Weaving Song and some are original. Although it’s nice to see the language get recognition, there’s some trouble with pronunciation and use.