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Any Tips for Navajo?

If you're a native speaker or just know a lot, there anything I should learn first or anything to help me along the way? It could be with the language or culture (because I'm very interested in new cultures).

November 27, 2018



I would also like to know tips for learning Navajo. As you can see, I am not advanced at all in Navajo, but I am determined to finish the tree.


Just keep practicing! The Navajo language can be a tough language, especially since there are so many new letters that are different from the ones in English. I finished my tree (I'm still level one in everything though...) recently, and what helped me was just practicing, even if I didn't feel like it. You can also make flashcards to help you remember the words and letters, or you can make mnemonic devices to help remember the tough phrases/words for you. Good luck!


T’áá íiyisíí ahéhee’


Diné Bizaad ayóo nántł’ah. Navajo can be a very difficult language, especially if you are a non-native speaker. I am a native speaker, and my family corrects me on my grammar all the time. It takes a lot of patience and practice ndi awółíbee anít’į́́!


Useful Links.

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/29613892 get an understanding of the basic grammar link above.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUUzC_qjHvQ. HERE daybreakwarrior is actually explaining POSTPOSITION (bitsʼááʼ) to also explain basic grammar and uses an English verb / Navajo verb combination i.e. Navlish. This is a great way for beginners to understand sentence structure incorporating postposition. At 1 minute into the video, daybreakwarrior says, "that's basically how you make simple sentences in the Navajo language."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_3hnHAwLPo&t. HERE is the best video I've seen on POSTPOSITION and covers subject/object agreement. Navajo language uses POSTPOSITION rather than preposition. I would watch this over and over to understand sentence structure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxO7lCvOhlU&t. HERE is pronunciation of difficult Navajo sounds. The glottal stop is what makes Navajo sound uniquely Navajo. If you want to sound like a native speaker, this is absolutely necessary.

As far as learning the language goes, the best guide is "Conversational Navajo: With Workbook" with Workbook Spiral-bound – December, 1995 by Garth A.Wilson (Author).

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