This site is designed to provide phrases in the Navajo language in different situations. It's nice to have sites that tell you how to say colors, numbers, names of objects, etc., in Navajo. Still it is hard to know how to use these words in context.
As I work on this site, I will provide various phrases in different scenarios. This site is not meant to be a complete reference, showing how to use Navajo in every context or with all the proper past, present, and future tenses. These phrases are meant to be a starting point. For individuals learning to speak Navajo, one of the hardest struggles is learning to hear the sounds. Another is learning the order of the words, or sentence structure. The third is that when a native speaker repeats back a phrase, you hear, "You can say it this way, that way, etc." By the time you hear all the variations, you've forgotten what the first version sounded like.
Examples on this website will be in Navlish (Navajo and English mixed together). Though it would be nice to have the examples entirely in Navajo, the examples are in Navlish for several reasons:
- With exception to the elderly, no one speaks entirely in Navajo anymore. If you truly want to sound like a local, or to sound jigh32n, you have to word things mixing Navajo and English.
- It would get too confusing and too overwhelming to have the examples entirely in Navajo.
- This site is meant to be a starting block. For Non-Navajos and for Navajos that Navajo is not their first language, this site will stimulate questions.
- Navlish hopefully will help the learner pick up the language faster. Seeing familar nouns in English will show where the nouns are located in a Navajo sentence.
Not all the details of the phrases are given and an understanding of elementary Navajo (i.e. colors, numbers, etc.) is expected in terms of knowing how to use the phrases properly.
For this page, Navajo Font is required! You can download Navajo font for free by clicking here!
Click on the to hear the phrase in Navajo. Hope these are enjoyable!
The Navajo language is changing daily. This site is just another effort to keep a dying language alive!