A Navajo Beginner's Course
Developed by Alan Wilson with the assistance of native Navajo speakers
Make a breakthrough into learning a fascinating and important Native American language! The course focuses on everyday Navajo conversation and on basic structures which form the foundation for more advanced speaking, reading, and writing skills. A review, completely in Navajo, follows every fourth lesson.
This self-study program was developed by Alan Wilson, formerly Professor of Navajo Language at the University of New Mexico, Gallup Branch, with the assistance of native Navajo speakers. Parts of the recording were done in the field rather than in a professional studio, so there are background noises in the audio that cannot be eliminated. The voices of the speakers, however, are clear and authentic.
* 3 hours of audio, 234-page text, 24 lessons
* Vowel and consonant sounds
* Vocabulary and dialogues
* Explanation of grammar
* Basic orthography (writing)
* Useful phrases, expressions, interjections
* Plural and singular forms, verb paradigms
* Numbers, money, time and date, weather
* Cultural notes
* Place name meanings
About the Language
Navajo is a language of the Southern Athabaskan branch of the Na-Dené family, which also includes several Apache languages. It is one of the most widely spoken Native American languages, with almost 170,000 native speakers, primarily in the Southwestern United States, especially the Navajo Nation area of northern Arizona and New Mexico and southern Utah and Colorado.
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Mac® OS X® 10.5 & up
512 MB RAM
Windows® 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP
233 MHz or faster processor
128 MB RAM
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