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Navajo keyboard for desktop users (link for download)

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    I've posted this link before and some other users have posted it as well. But I'm seeing people complain about not having access to a Navajo keyboard, so here it is again.

    This is a complete keyboard for all Navajo characters. You will need to install this Navajo keyboard yourself, but it's relatively simple to do. There are separate instruction links on this page for Mac and Windows.

    This is for Windows and Mac desktop: http://www.languagegeek.com/dene/keyboards/romdene.html

    Look under the heading "American South-West Athabaskan" for the download for Navajo (Diné Bizaad). This will download a zip file with keyboards for the 3 languages listed there. You only need to install the one for Navajo.

    On the page I linked to above, you will see a link for "Keymap (.pdf)" next to Diné Bizaad/Navajo. You'll want to open that and save it on your computer. It is the map to the layout for this Navajo keyboard.

    As for mobile, I am not a mobile user so if anyone else has links for Navajo keyboards for those, please share them.

    October 12, 2018



    This is actually so helpful! I love how this is a great opportunity to learn the Navajo language.

    For the Navajo keyboards in iOS, I just checked and it seems there's none for it. For Android, here's a YouTube link for installation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyIDtSZRHNE

    Happy learning y'all! Ahéhee'!


    ok - I am now hugely confused.

    And hopefully someone can un-confuse me ;P - at least on this issue.

    I think I am too curious and confused by the world in general, that there is no chance for anyone ( or even lots of people ) to un-confuse all my confusions.

    According to https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Navajo_alphabet

    The letters used for spelling in Navajo are from the English (Latin) alphabet.
    But with the use of some Diacritical markers. ?
    i.e. '

    The letters : e Navajo alphabet, but they are used in the orthography to show tone and nasalization. Long vowels
    The letters á, ą, ą́, é, ę, ę́, í, į, į́, ó, ǫ, ǫ́, ń do not belong to the Navajo alphabet, but they are used in the orthography to show tone and nasalization. Long vowels are written double: aa, áa, aá, áá, etc.

    And yes, these orthography markers and characters that are unfamiliar to myself, and my current keyboard setup, are being used in the beta release in Duolingo.

    I am very confused.


    To whit, I provide the following table of my observations: ( as I struggle through the first three skills. )

    # examples
    į́ náhásdlį́į́ʼ (are you going)
    bįįh yildeeʼį́ (cherry)
    ǫ́ hólǫ́ (have / I have)
    į béégashii bitsįʼ (beef)
    bitsįʼ (from what I understand, it is meat)
    bįįh yildeeʼį́ (cherry)
    yį́yą́ (is eating)
    náhásdlį́į́ʼ (are you going?)
    ą́ daosą́ʼ (eat this)
    yishą́ (I eat / I am eating)
    yį́yą́ (is eating)
    adáʼí (maternal uncle)
    naadą́ą́ (is eating)
    ł bił (he/she/they (singular)/it
    chʼil łitsxooí (orange fruit)
    tłʼoh chin (onion)
    tłʼoh chin (is eating)
    tłʼoh chin (bacon)
    chʼil łichxíʼí (tomato)


    Some of these words are critically wrong. I am creating a video for this and am available for questions on Skype tonight at 7:00 p.m. Mountain.


    Have you found a way to type them in - in iOs preferably. thanks


    Please attend my Skype Night for Navajo questions. I will be on Skype tonight at 7:00 p.m. Mountain.


    For Android, Gboard already has support for Navajo, Hawaiian (the ʻOkina), and a whole lot of other languages as well. Most of them also have dictionary support, so I'll greatly recommend it to all language learners!


    I like the Google Chrome Browser > Google Input Tools (extension) > Diné bizaad - Modern. ł (frication) is mapped to the ; (semicolon), ́ (high tone) is mapped to the / (forward slash), ̨ (nasal) is mapped to the [ (bracket), ̨́ (high nasal) is mapped to the ] (bracket), ʼ (apostrophe) is still the glottal stop


    (On an apple phone) (Navajo) How do you write the letter o with a squiggly line under it (I’m not sure what it’s called lol) it keeps marking it wrong for me because I can’t write it


    Now DuoKeyboard supports Navajo aswell!!

    It is available for: Chrome, Firefox and Opera

    After installing simply start working on the course once you need to enter a answer in Navajo you will be asked to setup DuoKeyboard. After saving your settings, you will not be asked again(for that language). If you want to change your settings later press the extensions button on the top right of your browser or go to the options page through the extensions page of your browser.


    This won't open on my computer, the app isn't approved by microsoft.

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