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Is Navajo really hard or is it just me?

I've been trying to learn Navajo for a long time but its just too hard. Any tips?

May 16, 2020

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hobbit22.9

It seems pretty impossible to me. I basically don't know a thing of it after 5 levels, I feel like:(


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

If Navajo weren't hard, the Allies might have lost World War II. So whenever it seems like a code that's impossible to crack, thank a Code Talker.


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    Could you elaborate a bit? Thanks.


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

    Bilingual Navajo men were recruited by the U.S. Marines during WWII to use Navajo for communications.

    https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/n/code-talkers.html

    Praise for their skill, speed and accuracy accrued throughout the war. At Iwo Jima, Major Howard Connor, 5th Marine Division signal officer, declared, "Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima." Connor had six Navajo code talkers working around the clock during the first two days of the battle. Those six sent and received over 800 messages, all without error.

    The Japanese, who were skilled code breakers, remained baffled by the Navajo language. The Japanese chief of intelligence, Lieutenant General Seizo Arisue, said that while they were able to decipher the codes used by the U.S. Army and Army Air Corps, they never cracked the code used by the Marines.

    This site has more information including more detail on how the code worked: https://www.cia.gov/news-information/featured-story-archive/2008-featured-story-archive/navajo-code-talkers/

    And this page has interviews with some of the Code Talkers: https://navajocodetalkers.org/


    [deactivated user]

      Wow! Thank you. I am not from your culture, so I'm not familiar with it all.
      I remember hearing a little about it a long time ago, but thanks for giving me the full story.
      Absolutely exceptional! .
      Thanks for the links too!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Silmarillion333

      They made their own code using Navajo. That story's amazing!


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

      Navajo is hard. Definitely.


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        [deactivated user]

          So was Navajo the actual code? Or was the code developed from Navajo?
          Gracias.


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

          The Navajo recruits began developing the code by taking words from their language and applying to them to implements of war. For example, the names of different birds were used to stand for different kinds of planes.

          The initial code consisted of 211 vocabulary terms, which expanded to 411 over the course of the war.

          A is for Apple…

          In addition, an alphabet system (see below) was also developed by the Code Talkers. It would be used to spell out some of the words not found in Navajo vocabulary.

          The first letter of a Navajo word corresponded with one of the 26 letters in the English alphabet. Several different words were chosen to represent the more commonly used letters in order to make the code even more secure.

          https://www.cia.gov/news-information/featured-story-archive/2008-featured-story-archive/navajo-code-talkers/


          [deactivated user]

            Real life is stranger than fiction, sometimes - and more interesting!


            [deactivated user]

              This gives me more impetus to continue learning Navajo! Thank you for taking the time to share this with us!


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

              Thank you so much for that link! gomyson.com is amazing!


              [deactivated user]

                Yes, it is nice to hear what Navajo actually sounds like!


                [deactivated user]

                  I find it a bit frustrating too. All those apostrophes make so many words look the same!


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AidanDavis1

                  For more in depth stuff, try these links out: Verb Conjugation: https://epdf.pub/the-navajo-verb-a-grammar-for-students-and-scholars.html Dictionary adn mini-grammar: https://archive.org/details/TheNavahoLanguage/page/n145/mode/2up

                  I'm sure there's more out there.


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

                  it's the hardest language in the world, don't be put off :)


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cheez-Puff

                  Although navajo is extremely hard the most difficult is japanese or Chinese maybe even arabic ebecause of the japanese hiragana and katagana that you have to learn and then the 2,150 (i think) unique characters you have to additionally memorize and chinese is the same thing but instead of hiragana and katakana there are tones. So no, navajo is one OF the hardest languages but definitely not the hardest maybe its be in the middle of hard and medium.


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tenaya818

                  It's not just you.

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