"Shizheʼé naat'áaniinééz góó déyá."

Translation:Dad, I am going to Shiprock.

October 5, 2018

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These lessons are really inspiring me to visit Shiprock.


i'm hoping my parents want to go on holiday at some point, so i have an opportunity to use what i've learnt so far :D


Where/What is Shiprock?


Shiprock is in New Mexico, near the four-corners. It was named after the giant rock structure that is present in that area which they call "Tsé Bit’a’í" or "winged rock." This is also another name for Shiprock that people use.


Thanks. I pulled this with a little extra facts on it. Pretty cool. "Shiprock (Navajo: Tsé Bitʼaʼí, "rock with wings" or "winged rock") is a monadnock rising nearly 1,583 feet (482.5 m) above the high-desert plain of the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. Its peak elevation is 7,177 feet (2,187.5 m) above sea level."

Fabulous picture and place: https://static.thousandwonders.net/Shiprock.original.676.jpg


"My dad is going to Shiprock" is also accepted as a translation. This seems Very odd to me, as it has an entirely different meaning. Can anyone address this, please?


As Dereknak12 mentions, déyá is actually a first-person singular (the form for I/me), and the third-person (like for my father or any other subject that is neither I or you) would be deeyá. I think he's saying this means that DL SHOULD NOT have accepted "My dad is going to Shiprock," and he provides the way that would be said in Navajo. For details on the conjugation, look up dighááh (I guess this is the root form for these "go" verbs in Navajo) in Wiktionary. The chart provided there backs up what Dereknak is saying (and he seems to always be right!).

The usage note is wild: "Like all go-verbs, this verb uses three different roots for 1 subject going alone, 2 subjects going in a pair, and 3+ subjects going in a group. All three roots can be conjugated in all 3 numbers (singular, duoplural, distributive plural), with practical different meanings. See chʼéghááh, chʼéʼaash, chʼékááh for further details."

This DL course is really only scratching the surface of this complex language!!


Shiprock NM is a town. Shiprock is in shiprock and is what remains of an inactive volcano


Does anyone speak Navajo in Shiprock?


Pretty much everyone


Its pretty interesting the first time you see it.


It is kinda underwhelming (the town at least).



Shizhé’é Naat’áanii Néézgóó deeyá or Shizhé’é ’éí Naat’áanii Néézgóó deeyá.

Déyá is a first person form of the verb and is incorrect. 3rd person is deeyá.


Derek, the native speaker


Yá'át'ééh Derek! As I understand, it is not the father that is going to Shiprock, but me (I wish!). So, I just warning my father I am going, and not saying that my father is going there. So, actually, it is the verb that indicates who is the person going to Shiprock... Does it make sense? or am I completely wrong in that one?


Oh! I see now. I apologize. I misread it. Yes, if you are saying the Navajo equivalent of, "Dad, I am going to Shiprock", then yes.

Shizhé'é, Shí 'éí Toohgóó (Naat'áanii Néézgóó) déyá.

I hope this depicts the important of tone and vowel length in Navajo; because everything is ultra key to saying the correct things.

I gave how it could be said in order to avoid ambiguity while still following your Duolingo format. The original post just sounds unnatural to my ears.

I am sorry but learning Navajo via Duolingo is impractical and near to impossible. I am willing to help but only for those extremely serious about it.


I'll be serving a mission in which is "T or C". Very interested


Truth or Consequences. That is very close to Apache country.


That's how I understood it as well. Hey maybe because they Eastern and Western navajos have a different way of saying certain things so it means something different from each side


We do say things a bit differently but also, my dialect seems more specific and precise with things. It sounds arrogant yes but I can give examples as to how and why. That is, if you feel comfortable with a non-full Navajo explaining such things. Because according to some Navajos, my Hispanic-ness is a problem.


They say, for a long time, When in Rome, do as the Romans. Another said, I will be all things to all men that I may by all means win some. I think that was Apostle Paul. It's time tested. I'm sure you will do fine. You have a helping spirit. It's easy to see. You're the first one I gave a lingo to. ;d


Sorry if my question is already answered here but I'm assuming this is a reply to someone who deleted their comment, so without context it is a bit impenetrable.

Is Shizhé’é used only to address your father or can it also be used to refer to your father, as in "Father is going to Shiprock"?


Is there not any punctuation in Navajo?


i got it wrong. keep going forward. :))


On a drag and drop version of this sentence, I was not given the necessary words to generate the right answer. I was given: dad, father, grandma, my, you, is, going, to, Shiprock, shiprock


I was given Shiprock and also shiprocḱ, and it registered the "Shiprock" as misspelled.


I'm not certain if my question was addressed or not. I'm not quite as bright as the rest of you, (sincerely). I will swing back around later and check again. Thank you. :-)


What is your question? Please join the Duolingo Facebook group and I can answer the question(s).


My question is how is this beta version going? I think the more that use this the more it will help. I didn't see instructions on if Duo wants us to provide feedback or not as we proceed through it. I guess we should report and comment too.


Why are we always talking about Shiprock?


Because there are not particularly many Navajos promenading Avenue des Champs-Élysées


If I remember right, hasn't "going to Shiprock" kinda become just like "going into town"?


Well, sort-of but it doesn't mean that. If you want that exact translation, it will be this, Kįntahgóó déyá - I am going to town. There is also another way to say it.


I have exactly what the answer says. Duolingo says I am incorrect.????


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