"Are you going to Shiprock?"

Translation:Daʼ Naatʼáanii Nééz góó diníyá?

October 6, 2018



Im navajo, and u cant really write everything out in navajo, espicially when our ancestors never wrote navajo down, so its more important to speak..not write.....thats what most schools say on the Navajo Nation

October 21, 2018


I love your language, but there's no sound so I have no idea what it sounds like. If there's a way, I would dearly love to hear it.

My aunt has traced our background, and found Native American a few generations back. I would love to hear how my previous ancestors talked.

November 2, 2018


If you want to hear the language spoken fluently, listen to 1330 am kjak all navajo all the time you can find them online for free listening just download an app and set it up find the station i told you about and tune in to listen youll hear the broadcasters speaking navajo fluently.

March 27, 2019


Which app? I would like to to listen. This would be a perfect place for Duolingo to grab some Navajo grad students and offer them tuition help in exchange for recording the course material. Win-win for all of us. I'm rereading "The Blessing Way" and wanted to know a culture that thought like that. Wish i could find a Navajo student who would be interested in exchanging course help for typing papers or something.

July 28, 2019


I feel the same way!!

January 29, 2019


It would be nice then the Navajo people could record their language so that more people have access to it and so that it doesn't going extinct. I take it you love your culture so don't let it die.

October 28, 2018


Yeah, I agree with you. I was looking forward to learning Navajo, but this program seems incomplete. I think that offering this beautiful language before audio was available, I think that was a poor choice by Duolingo. This language deserves the respect of being made a complete course.

May 13, 2019


Theres actually some words that theres no way to describe it in english as well...are you finding alot of mistakes with this as well?

March 27, 2019


Where we can learn the sound?

June 24, 2019


Thank you!! Trying to do justice to this language by learning the best I can.

June 11, 2019


So how and where can u learn it? Other than have an actualy person who knows how to speak it propertly ? Thanks.

July 6, 2019


I think typing a sentence this complex is too advanced for level 0 in the first skill. In other language courses, such a question wouldn’t appear until level 4.

October 31, 2018


Agreed. At least give us sound, and a better way to enter all the accents... or start with shorter words. or both.

December 16, 2018


I agree with you, but I guess it is because it is still in beta...

January 25, 2019


I am feeling a bit overwhelmed myself, but each time I get it wrong and have to redo it I'm slowly but surely learning/memorizing it. :)

February 15, 2019


I understand the feeling... I am trying to keep going, slowly but steady. However, I really miss the audio, as I think it would help to go a little bit faster.

February 15, 2019


Reaching Level 4 or 5 via test will become pointless to those who seriously want to memorize.

December 28, 2018


I think the same thing!

May 18, 2019


Theres no sound! Its not pronouncing! Agh!

October 13, 2018


There isnt any sound yet.

August 13, 2019


Is there a specific way to type the character that appears after the a in "Daʼ"? I put a regular apostrophe and it said it was incorrect, but the character selectors underneath didn't show that as an option.

October 12, 2018


If you are on your phone, and have the google keyboard, you can select Navajo/ Diné bizaad as a language

January 12, 2019


Does Duo also accept -sh for questions, i.e. 'Naat'áaniinééz góósh díníyá?'

October 8, 2018


That's a mouthful to remember as a beginner :-)

October 21, 2018


I have used the translation "Da’ naat'áaniinééz góó déyá?", and it was rejected. I have made a report to be added.

Sentence suggested by Duolingo:

Ni naat'áaniinééz góó diníyá?

October 6, 2018


Ni naat'áaniinééz góó diníyá? The statement is not even a question. So the correct way to ask, "Are you going to Shiprock?" is "Da’ naat'áaniinééz góó díníyá?"

October 7, 2018


what does "Da' " mean here? Is it like a question marker?

March 16, 2019


Da‘ is a simple way to create a yes/no question. You would say a regular statement, like “John is going to the store,” and by attaching da’ before the entire sentence it would become “Is John going to the store?”

April 4, 2019


That also seems similar to "Ĉu" in Esperanto.

May 17, 2019


Are there any shorter/easier to spell locations they could have used??

November 18, 2018


Lots of Navajo place names are built from multiple small word-units that are descriptive, so they can end up being quite long and descriptive. Having said that, they could have used Tesgi or Łicíí' (LeChee, Arizona)...

January 6, 2019


Well, it's a major landmark in that region ... but I agree.

December 10, 2018


"Ni" was not available in the selection, so i chose "Da" which was marked wrong.

October 6, 2018


Kandace, dl's answer for my lesson gave "Da" as correct.

October 8, 2018


Thanks for your response. And i love your user name and icon ! Mexico is such a fun country, i especially enjoyed Tijuana. meow !

October 13, 2018


Yáʼátʼééh, Kandace. I would like to live in Mexico for a time if I ever become better at Spanish. It is such a beautiful and artistic culture and the people are very kind.

December 29, 2018


What is the preceding "Da`" there to mean?

October 21, 2018


Yáʼátʼeeh! I think there are two question markers that I have seen from other site (www.NavajoWOTD.com), daʼ is used in the first part of the sentence, and yaʼ is used in the ending.

I hope it helps. :)

October 23, 2018


So it is a question marker? It doesn't have a specific meaning?

October 25, 2018


Diego.JaviUnlam, yáʼátʼééh for the website link. I checked it out. Does it include audio pronunciation for each word?

December 29, 2018


Ahéhee’ Diego! The link specific for this explanation: https://navajowotd.com/word/da-ya/

January 25, 2019


Ahéheeʼ Carla! I think the explanation is good. It seems the course only use daʼ, but I can see other Navajo texts using yaʼ and shaʼ (I am not really sure about the pronunciation, but perhaps Navajo people use a different spelling for the same sound, when learning at school, I think so), and I can appreciate the effort from non natives and natives to construct the grammar. It is also true that some old and wise keepers of Diné culture prefer the oral sources, and this is because they can argue that the pronunciation of some words has been changed in the time. This is also really interesting to me.

Keep walking in beauty! :)

February 10, 2019


Another question marker I am aware of is ísh, which goes at the end.

I remember my Navajo teacher asking us if we were ready by saying "k'adísh," which literally means "now?" (now + question).

June 29, 2019


Is "Da'" meaning you're surprised to find out something?

November 24, 2018


Yáʼátʼééh! This is a link with the explanation and pronunciation.
I hope it helps. :)

February 10, 2019


A help function would be nice, in the beginning. I could'nt make the question at all

October 9, 2018


This is so tough

November 3, 2018


Is this dialect closer to the variation spoken around Farmington, since this is where the lessons are being developed? Anyone know? My fiance is Navajo and he says some of these things differently.

December 2, 2018


Thank you for creating this course. I stayed in Monument Valley and it would have come in handy then, but I am trying to learn a few words for my next visit to the Navajo Nation to search for my ancestors. Is there any web site where we can hear the pronunciation? Do the apostrophes indicate stress? Thanks so much again!

December 2, 2018


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April 25, 2019


Could someone explain the verb conjugations?

December 5, 2018


www.gomyson.com "let's learn Navajo!" You're welcome.

April 25, 2019


Where is the sound?

January 19, 2019


Why is Shiprock used as an example?

January 29, 2019


Theres no sound, and typing it is too hard.

February 9, 2019


Still no sound as of February 19, 2019

February 19, 2019


Typing words is really hard when I can barely learn them without the sound. Hoping to have this more developed because I'd love to learn, but right now it's feeling a bit impossible to use.

February 22, 2019


Sound? Why do you NOT have it

March 16, 2019


Im slowly learning the words sounding them out the best i believe they would sound, it takes patience little cubs, we must crawl before we walk

July 10, 2019
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