"Ni haash yinilyé?"

Translation:What is your name?

October 5, 2018



If yinilye means is your name, why is ni needed?

October 5, 2018


yinílyé means your name but Ni meaning "you (sg.)" Might just designate the focus or subject.

October 5, 2018


A lingot for the correct tone pattern! ;)

October 30, 2018


Just like Spanish, "yo soy un hombre" is sort of the same as "soy un hombre." Navajo is the same way. However, the verb yi"ni"lyé has "ni" in it already and is kind of redundant if you say it at the beginning unless you want to emphasize.

October 6, 2018


What is the Ni is it a gender thing?

October 5, 2018


It says that Ni means "you(r)".

October 5, 2018


*Niísh 'éí haanílyé? It is used to sound less forward. Going up to someone and asking "Haanílyé?" sounds very forward and can sound rude in certain situations. Yes, it may seem that "ni" is redundant (which it is) but in this case it helps to sound less direct and confrontation and more polite.

July 21, 2019
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