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"I am eating a banana and a chili."

Translation:Hashkʼaan dóó azeeʼdíchʼííʼ yishą́.

November 8, 2018



I'm not getting audio with the Duolingo Navajo language, the diacritical marks are too difficult and frequent to understand, especially without the vocal feedback.


They haven't added audio yet. For now: the accents mean it's in the higher tone (no accents mean lower tone). The hooks under vowels mean to nasalize them.

I gave a more thorough breakdown of how to read Navajo here: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/29164461


It isn't a matter, necessarily, of understanding, but rather a massive inconvenience to spell things out on a cell phone especially when it does not contain all of the letters. If there exists an official academy of the Navajo language, they should seriously reconsider the orthography.


There is no sound, so it's impossible to know how anything is pronounced.


That's true. There needs to be a reference point. i.e. Higher or lower than what ? Lower or upper nasal ? i.e. in French, there are different types of nasal sounds. I return to this course periodically to find out if Duo has finished it. I would very much like to learn spoken Navajo. Navajo is an endangered language that I would like to see preserved


I am putting in the following:

Hashk'aan dóó azeeʼdích’íí’ yishą́

Which is correct. It does not seem like the current program can read the apostrophes correctly or the different accents. So, I'm pretty much at a brick wall until this is corrected.


As I mentioned elsewhere, Duolingo seems to use ą with acute rather the more usual á with hook. Visually depending on the font, the two can look similar or very similar, but in Unicode it is just 2 different character strings.

ą́ vs ą́


you leave no option for printing glottal stops and need more audio fo correct pronunciation


as with some other languages the verb or adverb comes after the subject in Navajo.


as with many other languages the subject precedes the verb in Navajo.


Just to much with no sound

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