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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.

October 1, 2019

21 Comments


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

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’ !


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jalen524529

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/connie304432

Hi, we will travel end of the year to the Navajo country and want to learn some phrases out of politness....Do you have any hint for me where to catch some examples (great would be a help for kids.) Thanks in advance, Connie PS: our mothertongue is GERMAN


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jalen524529

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/connie304432

thanks a lot JALEN, for all the information. I was thinkin gabout window rock and the code talker memorial sounds like a perfect story, when the native traditional line was mixed with more modern issues od history. thanks a lot, we are looking forward to that visit. how is the approach of navajo to europeans? is there a good way to make my kids aquainted with navajo kids? we will go to a new years powow I found and i hope when I read 'everybody is welcome' we would be included. thanks in advance a lot, connie & kids


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jalen524529

Hello, sorry I replied so late, but glad your interested. The thing about meeting Navajos is that you have nothing to worry about. Almost everyone would be glad to meet you guys especially at a Powwow. For Powwows are just basically one big gathering of people from all tribes and non-tribes, Like a fair, basically.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/connie304432

Hi Jalen, thanks for all your hints. Our voyage comes closer so it would be great if you had the time to tell me more. We are gonna start in LV, then go to Shonto/Tuba City and from there southward to Phoenix/Tucson. If there is a MUST/ MUST in NAvajo culture on this route please be so kind and let as know. We are planning to go to a New Years Pow Wow in Shonto. Very curious, how that will be. Thanks a lot in advance. Connie


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

Do you know of any good websites to listen and hear?


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    Jalen - do you pronounce Navajo like Nava-ho or like Nava-hah? Ahehee! :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KelseyLee856978

    Hey, brother! Tsi'naajini here too! I am new to this course online, my dad's side speaks fluently but he never bothered to teach his children. Do you feel like some of lessons are a bit backwards? Like learning the familial names. I have never heard a native speaker talk about a sister, or brother with out context to who they belong to. From passive learning/ observing it is always his/her brother. I guess I am confused as to why they are leaving our the Shi/ Bi / Ni on all of the words.... In the later lessons do they explain the conjugation of verb words?


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

    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


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

    I could teach you if you are willing to learn it to a good level. I am a native speaker and was a former tutor of the language.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jean-Marie226673

    Yá’át’ééh Jalen. I spent one month in the Navajo reservation 25 years ago (backpacking through the US, when I was in my 20’s). I loved it so much, met some beautiful and very kind people. Dinetah is an amazing piece of our world. I just began learning Navajo a few days ago, as I’d like to travel back there with my daughter some day, to let her discover why I fell in love with your country and your culture. I’m french and I see you’re studying french. Don’t hesitate to ask me if you have any question on that language or just want to have a chat in french. Take care. Hagoónee.


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

    Bonjour, comment allez-vous? Je parle français un peu. Je suis navajo et hispanique (:


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jean-Marie226673

    Bonjour Derek ! Enchanté de faire ta connaissance.


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

    Oui! :) I apologize I do not know much French but I know that I sure enjoy learning French when I am able.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jean-Marie226673

    :) It’s okay. I have a question, if you don’t mind. Shimá means mother, right ? (My mother to be precise). But is it also correct to use it as a respectful word to call any elderly woman, even if not related to you ? Thanks.


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

    Yes, you can say that to someone as a respectful term to an older Navajo woman. However, there will be that occasional, but rare Navajo lady that may take offense to it but don't take it personal if it should happen.

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