Category Archives: Words

From the archive: Ya’iishjááshtsoh

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Navajo Language (Diné Bizaad) – Word of the Day – Ya’iishjááshtsoh This is one of the names for the calendar month of July. It’s remarkably similar to the name for June, but you’ll notice the -tsoh particle has been changed in. The name simply denotes the progression of the planting season towards taller corn stalks […]

Hádą́ą́’ & Hahgo

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One of the ways to express “when?” in Navajo is hádą́ą́’. You may recognize that -dą́ą́’ (ą́ą́’) particle which, like jį́į́dą́ą́’, refers to the past. It effectively means “when in the past?”. This is separate from the way to say “when (in the future)?” in Navajo, which is hahgo. Hádą́ą́’ Lucy Grand Canyongóó naayá? [When […]

Na’ashǫ́’ii

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During the summer months here in the Southwest, lizards emerge. Their Navajo name, na’ashǫ́’ii, can refer to practically any reptile. But, it originally refers to anything that creeps along. There are many types of lizards and only a few that have well known designations. For example, a large green lizard – sometimes with banded yellow […]

Niséyá

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Navajo has different words for “to go”, “to return” and “to go and return”. The word from the example yesterday, niséyá, is the first-person singular (“I”) for “to go and return”. Here is the rest of the verb conjugation for niséyá: niséyá (I went and came back) nisíníyá (You went and came back) naayá (He/she/it […]

Jį́į́dą́ą́’

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Here is the Navajo word that designates a time in the past, specifically the part of the day that’s already gone. You’ll notice some similarities to some previous words, like damóo yę́ędą́ą́’ (last sunday, last week) and dííjį́ (today, this day). With jį́į́dą́ą́’ you have the root from dííjį́ combined with the -dą́ą́’ particle to […]