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

Is the Navajo course accurate?

I was really excited coming back to Duolingo for the first time in probably a year to see that Navajo had been added as a language. I started on it right away, but I've since seen a few mentions from a while back of the course having spelling and grammatical errors. Have these been fixed now, and if not, how severe are the mistakes? I don't really want to devote my time to learning as much of the language as I possibly can on Duolingo if I'm going to be learning it incorrectly.

June 10, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dereknak12

As a native speaker, it is far from perfect. As for grammar and spelling, I have seen much better. I must say that from what I have seen, there are unnatural sounding sentences. What I mean by this is that the sentences have quite a lot of English influence to how it is structured and not only that but there are just things you don't ask in Navajo; that's due to our differences considering we are an Athabaskan people with different ideals, ways of thinking - cultural differences to put it in one word.

I am in support of any organized effort to teach the language I am blessed to know as a mixed Navajo. But, I am also willing to point out when something is below my expectations. As a former tutor of the Navajo Language, I would not want my students to utilize a tool I deem insufficient or lacking in any shape or form. I have a few books that I highly recommend and a couple of them come with audio CDs. Are they perfect? No. I don't believe any coursebook is but that is not to say that they are not useful - they very much are! If you are serious about learning Navajo to a high degree, I can lead you to a few resources (books) that I approve of anyone learning Navajo to use.

These are my thoughts as a native speaker of the language that won WWII. I hope it was at least of some assistance.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nathan619706

Thanks for the info. So far the frustrating thing for me with Navajo is that it's been very difficult to find audio with transcriptions. I find it's a lot easier to get used to a language when I can read the words I'm listening too. Any suggestions for this type of content? Some day I'll invest more time and money into learning Navajo, but for now it's just a hobby I've been dabbling in, so I don't have much money for expensive course materials.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dereknak12

I have a YT channel where I talk about the language and do livestreams. In fact, I am doing one tonight in 15 minutes. If you’re interested - https://youtu.be/AbazxXy3X4U


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

Hey. I am interested in learning Navajo to a high degree (and correctly). I’m hoping that you’ll see this message and could maybe direct me towards some of those books and resources.


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

I would love to learn about some of these books and resources! Can you share this information?

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