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  Working for the Indian Health Service here in Albuquerque brings me in contact with many Native American tribes. This page has a small collection of phrases I've collected from tribes bordering the Navajo Nation. The languages incorporated include Towa, Hopi, & Keres. Below I've compared these to the Navajo language. This gives a feel for how diverse these languages are though there's a close proximity.

I've also written them with the characters used to sound out Navajo words, so those who kno how to read these languages by methods used in their own tribes may see some differences in my spelling.

In time, I plan to add audio bytes spoken by a person who speaks that particular dialect. Thanks to the patients & co-workers from IHS hospital who contributed to this project & were patient enough to repeated these phrases over & over for me.

Word/Phrase: Hopi (Oriyvii): Acoma (Keres): Navajo (Dink'ehj): Jemez (Towa):
Hello 'Um mu n m
(Are you hanging around?)

(men's word)
(Beautiful day, isn't it?)


Guuwts g dwh
(Are you fine?)

Y't'h Syeema
Goodbye h son n om bu yurik nah
(See you around)
(rolled r)
Hkoh kam
(Can I leave?)
Nhaa damong
(See you around)
Thank You
D'w'h 'Ahhee' T' k'anomp'h
What are you doing?
Dz qw gdii kwih
(What's going on?)
(kwih is almost silent)
H't'sh baa nanin?
(If asking one person)
Doo baa naashh da
(I'm not doing anything)
Ndaga' h
Aoo' o
(Like saying Oh!)
I'm lazy

Shi hy' Y'kii'kimii
I'm just kidding
T' dshn

In parenthesis, the literal meaning is shown. For those who speak multiple languages understand that it is hard to translate phrases across languages for some words.

From this "little" project I learned that the Pueblo languages are gender-specific, in that men will speak one way & women will respond in another. The Navajo language is not this way.