I am a Full Blooded Navajo and If you have questions please reply.
Hello anyone reading this. I am full Navajo, I do not know my clans, except for tsi'naa jiini nishli, and I don't really know how to write my language. However I am glad to help anyone needing help with the language. It's really cool to see you all learning it and giving your thoughts about it. If anything else related to our culture and traditions is fine to. For now I like to say
"Yeego Shash Yeego!" Pronounced in English ( Yay-goh Shush Yay-goh) Meaning: "Go Bears Go!!!"
"Doo Ahehee" Pronounced like saying dough but longer and rising up on the "ou" and Ah-yeh-he Meaning: And Thank you
P.S. If you're a English speaker, you will have difficulty saying these words in Navajo. It's a real tongue twister and a lot of spit goes into it. Then again If you study French and German, they are somewhat alike for the most apart in pronouncing and sound. Fun Fact too, is that German is a main contributor to the Navajo alphabet.
Yá'át'ééh Jalen ! Let me tell you I am happy to have finaly learnt a (very little) bit of the one of the authentic american languages. The class was too short (and maybe not so good) to really get a good knowledge but I conquiered my Navaro golden owl and I am proud of that, in respect for all amerindian people through the ages. Ahéhee’ !
That is great to hear. I wish Duolingo can expand the class to, so it can also introduce the sounds. Then it be harder to conquer and even be more widely known. If there was more lessons what you like to see?
Thank you to for looking into Native Americans to. If you want to know another language like Navajo for there is the related language. Which is the Apache language who are closely related to our origin. Hopefully Duolingo would add them. Lastly are you learning how to pronounce any of the words in Navajo? If so try learning how to talk with your nose and tongue, also try not to spit a lot when speaking in Navajo. -Jalen
Cool, I recommend visiting one of the many chapter houses. There you can learn more about the phrases, the culture, and community. I recommend the Mariano Lake Chapter house, it is considered to be the more cultural and well known place. It is called Be'akid Hoteeli in Navajo, Has some medicine men and singers, Community meets that are mostly spoken in Navajo, and The Place where the Navajo Nation flag was made or Design by the Chapter house President. There are some traditional areas as well, as a native however I can not visit these places, but make a great trip and I heard from tourist that it's something to see. I have to look them up again and I can provide information if you want. There is also Window Rock where you can visit the Code Talker Memorial and see the red rocks. Window Rock also has a Zoo and Museum.
I can't really speak for Arizona, but there is Monument Valley and its really nice to see. Also the Four corners where you can be in four states at once!
I hope I provided some good info, keep up the learning to. It is actually reassuring to hear people learn about it and even teach it. -Jalen
Yá'át'ééh Jalen, so is there any way to contact you? Currently I'm focusing on my Persian studies but I've been interested in American languages for a while, and I probably have some Navajo blood too, my grandpa was part Native American and lived in New Mexico, and I've always assumed it's Navajo or Hopi, but it's definitely not enough to be able to call myself a native, I'm still definitely a European white boy, but it would be awesome to be in contact with a Navajo speaker, I know you're possibly quite busy or maybe don't wanna take time to teach such a complicated language, but if you could that'd be great, also I'd like to ask, from your personal perspective, how is the situation with the language? Does it seem like it's near death, or maybe it just feels threatened, or is thriving in some places and not others? Sorry this is a lot, just not at all very common to find speakers of American languages