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"Hastą́ą́ yáál"

Translation:75 cents

December 8, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ollie-Benson

What is the literal translation of this. I know "hastą́ą́" is 6, but what does "yáál" mean? Thanks!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Toad42

yáál is a bit, 1/8 of a dollar, as in the old rhyme "two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar." So this is six bits, or 75 cents.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TerraZe

Oh.. oooh. Thank you. This was driving me nuts even though I saw the bit thing earlier.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marris42

So how would you say 6 cents?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/colornbian

my guess is "hastą́ą́ béeso yázhí"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GronvallAlex

So, six bits is six eights?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jtaylor162

DL rejects "six bits", but isn't this pretty much the literal translation into (admittedly archaic) American English? I'm guessing DL may be wanting to stress this Dine expression isn't archaic at all, but to many older speakers of American English, "six bits" is definitely an understandable alternative way of saying 75 cents (immediately understandable to my dad who was born in 1929). Reported 5/1/2021

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