Category Archives: Words

Ayóó Ánííníshní

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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 […]

Ké Ntsaaí

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Ké, which was featured in kélchí, is Navajo for shoe(s). (Kélchí referring specifically to mocassins.) The second word ntsaaí (sometimes nitsaaí) is normally a verb that means (it) is large/huge/big. If you’re starting to get a hang of these verbs that become objects, you’ll notice the -í at the end. That’s the signal for “the thing […]

Bikáá’dah’asdáhí

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Are you sitting down? On a chair? Call that chair, in Navajo, bikáá’ dah asdáhí. Try describing a chair, keeping in mind that the “dah” here is the same one we used for dah naat’a’í – flag. Bikáá’ is the Navajo word for describing the top of something, like its surface or on its top […]

Dootł’izh

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When it comes to color perception, Navajo is one of many cultures that traditionally have one name for a grouping of distinct colors. Dootł’izh is one example. It is the Navajo word that references the color of turquoise. Since turquoise is not exactly blue nor is it exactly green (in the way English discriminates them), […]

Bee

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Bee is one of a group of words that translates to “with or by means of (it).” Using it takes some practice, but it’s essential knowledge. Here’s an overview. For reference: Shee would mean “with me”, nee means “with you”, and bee takes its place in the third person “with him/her/it”. These words follow special […]