There is no one that was born speaking Na`vi since it was created for the movie Avatar for the moon Pandora, that doesn’t exist. Yet there are almost half a million websites that will teach you how to speak this language. I think I’ll stick with learning French for now.
Today is International Mother Language Day (February 21st), the day set aside by UNESCO to promote unity in diversity and international understanding, through multilingualism and multiculturalism. The more I learn a new language the more I appreciate and understand the importance of speaking to someone in their mother tongue.
The movie Avatar does a tremendous job of showing the importance of speaking a mother tongue in order to understand the people and also to understand how to relate to them. Trust had to be gained and that happened in part through the speaking of the mother tongue.
There are 6,909 languages living languages on the planet and the majority of these languages do not have half a million website to learn how to speak them. But there is a message of hope that transcends language barriers and my prayer is that this movie will be used to create a new excitement in the study of linguistics and those 2000+ languages that have not heard the message of hope in their mother tongue will finally hear the message.
For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NLT)
Thanks for the reminder. May God impress on each of us the necessity of communicating the Gospel in a language and with words that can be comprehended.