Category Archives: Words

T’áá’áko

Summary:

In Navajo, t’áá’áko is translated in a variety of ways. In general, it’s a term that denotes something agreeable, or an accord of some sort. It could mean ‘okay,’ ‘fine,’ ‘alright,’ ‘it’s good,’ or ‘it’s agreeable.’ That’s the general idea. A simple phrase would be: “Shił t’áá’áko,” meaning “It’s alright with me.” In question form, […]

Awáalya

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This (in my opinion) fun word to say actually means jail in Navajo. “At the jail” uses the -di suffix to construct awáalyadi. Combined with yá’át’ééh and the spatial particle -ho- (from the post for atiin – path, road, trail), you can say “Awáalyadi shił yá’áhoot’ééh,” which means “I like it at the jail.” In the […]

Át’ahálo

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Át’ahálo is a Navajo expression that means “wait!” It’s a way of saying, “hold on” or “sit tight” without needing the entire set of conjugated verbs for “to wait.” In speech, it is sometimes shortened to either át’ah or t’ahálo. The word áłtsé also has a second meaning of “wait” but is primarily used to […]

Woshch’ishjí

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Following up with the Navajo word nówehjí (further away; move!), is its opposing direction woshch’ishjí (or woshch’ishí). It means ‘this way’ or ‘closer’. A common way to use this word is woshch’ishígíí, which means ‘that which is closer by’. It’s a general term and can be clarified by preceding it with an object (noun). For […]

Bą́ą́h ílį́

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Bą́ą́h ílį́ is a Navajo expression that means “it is worth” or “it costs”. Together with díkwíí, which denotes a query, you can ask “Díkwíí bą́ą́h ílį́?”  and you would be asking “How much does this cost?” or “How much is this worth?” Of course, this does not always apply to cost in terms of money. […]