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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Navajo Words

           Welcome to our Navajo vocabulary page! Navajo, also known as Dine, is an Athabaskan language, related to other languages like Apache and Gwich'in. We have included twenty basic Navajo words here, enough to provide a basic comparison with related American Indian languages. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many indigenous languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do.

You can find a broader selection of Navajo Indian words in our online picture glossaries. If you would like to know a word that is not included in any of these wordlists, you can take part in our Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Navajo language site for more free resources.

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Navajo Word Set

(Click here for Navajo pronunciation guide)

English (Français) Navajo words
One (Un) Łáá'íí
Two (Deux) Naaki
Three (Trois) Táá'
Four (Quatre) Dįį'
Five (Cinq) Ashdla'
Man (Homme) Hastiin
Woman (Femme) Asdzání
Dog (Chien) Łééchąą'í
Sun (Soleil) Shá
Moon (Lune) Tł'éhonaa'éí
Water (Eau)
White (Blanc) Łigaii
Yellow (Jaune) Łitsooí
Red (Rouge) Łichíí'
Black (Noir) Łizhiní
Eat (Manger) Yiyą
See (Voir) Yoo'į
Hear (Entendre) Yidiists'a'
Sing (Chanter) Hashtaał
Leave (Partir) Diiyá

Click here to see Navajo words compared to words in related Athabaskan languages: Athabaskan Indian Words

Navajo Picture Dictionaries

Here are some themed Navajo word lists we have put together and illustrated for language learners. Feel free to print them out for classroom purposes!

*Navajo animal words
*Navajo body parts
*Navajo color words

Additional Resources

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   Southern Athabascan languages



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