Category Archives: Words

Hane’ binaaltsoos

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Today’s a perfect day for the Navajo word for newspaper. When you use hane’, you’re talking about either a tale, or story, or else the history of something. For example, you may come across Diné bahane’ which refers to the history, or story of the Navajo people. And then you have naaltsoos, which is an umbrella […]

Bééhasin

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Similar to yesterday’s word, bééhasin has to do with the knowledge of other people or a skill. In particular, it means ‘to know (either a person or how to do something)’. This verb is conjugated, so the word alters depending on point-of-view. Here they are: bééhasin (also: báhasin, or bééhonisin) (speaking about one’s self) bééhonísin […]

Bééhózin

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In Navajo bééhózin is a verb that means that something is known, or that knowledge about something exists. Navajo verbs often change form based on point of view, but bééhózin doesn’t need to change. For example, shił bééhózin becomes nił bééhózin or bił bééhózin when the point of view changes from the first to either […]

Ayóó Ánííníshní (I love you in Navajo)

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In English In Navajo (Diné Bizaad) I love you. Ayóó anííníshní. (or, Ayóó ánóshní.) In Navajo, the word ayóó denotes the same as “a lot” in the English language. But it’s not so much about quantity as it is about magnitude. “Very” is a good word, too. Ánííníshní refers more literally to someone’s regard for […]

Nááhai

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Here is a Navajo word that reflects the passage of time. It means “year” in reference to the complete passage of one year. Preceded by a number, such as naadiin ła’ (21), nááhai becomes “years” and, in this case, would mean “(for) 20 21 years”. Shinááhai is a way to saying “my years” as in “I […]