Category Archives: Words

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The month of June is Ya’iishjááshchilí and refers to “little corn tassels”. You can check out the previous post on the month of June, here. Yesterday’s post, ńdii’aah (pick it up), has been updated as well with the pronunciation.

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Made a handy graphic for those using Irvy Goosen’s Diné Bizaad: Speak, Read, Write Navajo. Or anyone, really. Match the suffix to the root that was introduced in this post. Note: “multiple” or -nííł refers to both animate and inanimate objects; -yeeh could refer to a load of wood, sheep. — essentially a load hauled by truck.

Ńdii’aah (pick it up)

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Today we’re tackling a part of Navajo that is perplexing to many new Navajo speakers. It has to do with actions, and the objects towards which they are to be directed. Ńdii’aah means commonly “pick it up (for me)”. Here, the -‘aah stem implies that the thing that needs to be picked up is solid-bulky. […]

Lą’í

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The Navajo word lą’í is similar to t’óó ahayóí in that they both refer to a large amount. Lą’í is similar in sound to lą́’ąą’, which is used as a casual “yep” or “alright then” (in a dismissive manner). It’s important to distinguish between the two. A common usage is “lą’í nááhai” or “many years”. […]

Yíiyáh! (Yee-yah)

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Yíiyáh is a Navajo expression that ranges in meaning from ‘scary’ to ‘dangerous’, and is often said in jest as part of the (very many) ways of teasing relatives or members of other clans. Most of the time, it has the slight connotation that something is “going to come after you” if you continue to […]