NavajoWOTD

ha'át'íí

what

hah ut tee (huh ee)

This Navajo word approximates to “what(?)” in English. Ha’íí works just as well, especially when speaking quickly, or fluidly.

If you hear or use this in your sentence then it turns that sentence into a question.

Here are a few examples:

  • Ha’át’íí biniiyé? (For what purpose?)
  • Ha’át’éegi? (Which part, specifically? Or, Where?)
  • Ha’át’éego? (In what way?)
  • Ha’át’íí yinílyé/wolyé? (What is your name?/What is his-her-its name?)
  • Ha’át’ííshą nínízin? (What do you want?)

ch'iyáán

food

ch ee yawn

Your word for today is ch’iyáán, which is the Navajo word for food, and also groceries.

Are you a chef? Or a really good cook? You could say ch’iyáán ííł’íní to describe someone who makes food (as an occupation).

What do people who make food use to organize recipes? A cookbook, or ch’iyáán ííł’íní binaaltsoos (the one who makes food, his book).

ndaga'/ndah

false

nh dah gah (nh dah)

Following yesterday’s affirmative response/statement is today’s negative, or the Navajo word for “No” or “No!”

These are all forms of the same word, but as we explained a little in an earlier post, the ni- can be contracted to just n- when speaking fluidly.

The shorter forms, nda and ndah are generally less formal and, depending on the context, can denote either apathy or familiarity.

ao'/aoo'

true

oh

Yes! Another Navajo word of the day.

Aoo’ means yes, the affirmative answer or statement. It is literally the opposite of “no.”

How is it pronounced? Say the English word “oat” but don’t vocalize the “-t” and replace it with a glottal stop. If you know Tagalog, it’s like that language’s word for “yes” except halved.

jooł

ball

joh-lth

Here is your Navajo word series starting with jooł, which means ball in English.

In certain cases, the particle -jool is used to denote something that’s ball-like, or chunky.

Depending on the sport, the jooł is expanded to denote the activity. For example:

  • jooł iih nálniihí - basketball (in some cases, jooł nikídílniihí)
  • jooł yikalí - football
  • jooł yitalí - baseball
  • jooł nabíznítaałí - soccer
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