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different or distinct

Separately, different, distinct.

The basic idea behind áł’ąą is “different,” which will often denote a variety of either things or actions.

For instance, áł’ąą dine’é refers to different groups of people (generally, it refers to different racial groups).

Another common grouping is ał’ąą át’éego, and that expression is used to denote more of a variety than saying “there are different [things]…”. It’s probably most commonly used to mean there are either various options, or distinct ways that things are done. It literally means “in this way, there is a difference [in the way it is done].”

It’s a little complicated, but keep your ears open and you’ll soon be able to tell the difference 😉

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