Ha’ní

As a verb, this Navajo word functions the same as “to say” or “to be said.”

It’s not specific, meaning that it’s most commonly used to refer to anyone, or a society or people in general. “They say” is probably a good approximation.

The way a verb in Navajo functions is more or less a matter of completion of an act. So there’s always a state, and ha’ní happens to be one of those that is called a neuter verb (remember nishłį́). There is little expectation for the condition of the verb to change immediately.

Kinłaní doo ayóo deesdoi da łeh ha’ní. (Flagstaff is not very hot usually it is said.)