Category Archives: Words

Hazhó’ógo

Summary:

Dovetailing from yesterday’s word example, hazhó’ógo is Navajo for “slowly” or “carefully”. You might recognize part of this word from ‘baa shił hózhǫ́’, specifically the root -zhó. They share the connotation of something that exhibits great care or beauty. There is also hazhóó’ógo – with the leading ó being drawn out. This is like saying […]

T’áadoo

Summary:

The basic idea behind the Navajo word t’áadoo is that it serves to negate, much like doo…da. However, t’áadoo seems to impart a more subjective definite type of negative thought than the doo..da construction. For most verbs, the word comes before the subject, object, and verb (in simple sentences at the very beginning), and the affected […]

Góyaa

Summary:

The Navajo word góyaa describes an action directed downwards or ‘down-along’ (a road), or down into something (like a canyon). The stem yaa carries the concept of ‘down’, and is in contrast to ‘up’ which is dei. The pronunciation here is not exact to its spelling. Sometimes góyaa is spelled hóyaa, or hxóyaa, or hwóyaa, […]

Sédá

Summary:

The Navajo word sédá is an action or condition of sitting. It is not the same as saying “the rock is sitting on the stove” – for that you’d use another ‘resting’ verb with a particle describing the rock. It relates to people, and therefore uses several forms to relate the speaker to the subject(s). […]

Ahééhíshííh

Summary:

Ahééhíshííh (or ahééhíshį́į́h) is a Navajo name for California. It is also known to be Phoenix, AZ. The root in this word is shį́į́, which conveys the idea of the summer season. The complete word equates roughly to “summer all-year-long”. To declare a city in California, you could say “Mountain Viewgi Ahééhíshį́įhdi”. Similarly, declaring a […]