Category Archives: Words

Łitso

Summary:

The Navajo word łitso is commonly translated directly as yellow. Whereas the English word is an adjective, in Navajo it is a state. So łitso, as with all other Navajo colors, operates as a verb. This is why łitso comes at the end of statements. For example, “Chidí éí łitso” is the same thing as […]

Sha’shin

Summary:

The Navajo word sha’shin comes at the end of a statement and is translated commonly as “maybe” or “I think”. In speaking, it sounds also like the ‘a’ is nasalized, like shą’shin. -shą’ itself is a particle that is used to mean “what about…?” (eg. “Nishą’?” – “What about you?”). Most of the time, it […]

Basic Body Parts in Navajo

Summary:

Here are a few parts of the body that are easily recognizable. These terms aren’t always applied to humans or animals. For example, chidí bitsiits’iin is literally “the vehicle, its head” and it refers to the engine. These are in the third person: bíla’ – his hand bigaan – his arm bikee’ – his foot […]

Dąą

Summary:

It is Spring! For the northern hemisphere, technically, Spring is underway. However, in the Navajo sense of the word, Spring doesn’t quite begin until the Winter storms have subsided and new growth starts becoming widespread. In some places, you may also hear daan, or dąąn, or maybe da’an. It’s hard to pin down exactly where […]

Azee’

Summary:

This is the Navajo word for medicine. Azee’ is a derivative of the Navajo word for mouth, which is azéé’, since many medicines are taken orally. Azee’ ííł’íní is like saying “the one that makes medicine” and is indicative of an occupation in the medical field. Azee’ ál’į́ is also a way you can say […]