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Yes, I can speak my own language 3 15.00%
Sorta, I only know a few words 13 65.00%
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Old 09-05-2007, 12:37 PM   #1
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Old 09-05-2007, 12:49 PM   #2
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Ey Swayel Kalilsha tel sqix yep thats about the extent of my skillz
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Old 09-05-2007, 01:04 PM   #3
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Ey Swayel Kalilsha tel sqix yep thats about the extent of my skillz
What did you say???
Now ya gotta give the translation...
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I know a few navajo words to get by. I was gonna take college courses, but never did. Im embarrased that I cant carry on a conversation with my grandmother. My mom or who evers there has to translate for me. This sounds funny, but I have a "white tounge", some word dont roll off my tounge right. The few words and short sentences that I know, I speak to my lil' girl. My oldest daughter lives with her father, and he doesnt like to speak navajo, so she doesnt know navajo too much.

I try my hardest to speak, but some word come out . . . weird. My mom gets fustrated with me and gives up.
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I wish I was more fluent, I can understand what is being said, I can translate the words, but when I try, I just get tongue tied.. mixing up french, and english and Ojibwe..
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I spoke my language fluently up until I was 5 years old. From then on, I spoke English. It's sad because my whole family can speak Albamu, but I can't. I can understand most words and get by with most phrases/greetings, but I wish I knew more. I would like for my daughter to learn the language(s) as she grows older so I bring her around my mom and other family member frequently.

I've tried speaking a few words, but I get embarrassed and ridiculed for not pronouncing some words correctly, so I limit myself to speaking only a few phrases and words.
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I've tried speaking a few words, but I get embarrassed and ridiculed for not pronouncing some words correctly, so I limit myself to speaking only a few phrases and words.
Your not the only one. I get that all the time because i have other ppl translate info to my grandmother.
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I want to learn the Choctaw language so badly. The problem is I live on the Navajo Rez so I'm around Navajo. If any one knows good resources besides the tribal website, please please let me know.
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I spoke my language fluently up until I was 5 years old. From then on, I spoke English. It's sad because my whole family can speak Albamu, but I can't. I can understand most words and get by with most phrases/greetings, but I wish I knew more. I would like for my daughter to learn the language(s) as she grows older so I bring her around my mom and other family member frequently.

I've tried speaking a few words, but I get embarrassed and ridiculed for not pronouncing some words correctly, so I limit myself to speaking only a few phrases and words.
That's too bad. Nobody should be ridiculed for trying to speak their native language and maybe not getting the pronunciation or grammar quite right. Those who are fluent started out from the ground up, and some of us adults have to do that, too. I'd rather hear someone really trying to learn and speak their native language, even if they mess up sometimes, than have folks be discouraged from trying just cuz they may not say everything PERFECT...

So...keep at it!
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That's too bad. Nobody should be ridiculed for trying to speak their native language and maybe not getting the pronunciation or grammar quite right. Those who are fluent started out from the ground up, and some of us adults have to do that, too. I'd rather hear someone really trying to learn and speak their native language, even if they mess up sometimes, than have folks be discouraged from trying just cuz they may not say everything PERFECT...

So...keep at it!
You hit the nail right on the head. Im so glad you said that. My 2 yr old is learning, but unlike my mom getting fustrated with me, if my lil' one doesnt say it right, 'oh well'. Shes learning to use her tounge and nose to make sounds.
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I remember being told back when I lived in AZ that Navajo was one of the hardest languages to learn. It's a beautiful language, and I'm glad that you're encouraging your little one to learn.
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I want to learn the Choctaw language so badly. The problem is I live on the Navajo Rez so I'm around Navajo. If any one knows good resources besides the tribal website, please please let me know.
I know there are several books out there - including a new one coming out in December that looks really good - "Choctaw Language and Culture" by Marcia Haag and Henry Willis. It's listed on Barnes and Noble's website.

I don't speak Choctaw, but I'm Chickasaw (slowly, very slowly learning the language) and the 2 languages are from the same family and have a lot of similarity in vocabulary, grammar, etc.

It's hard to learn long distance, away from your people, though. There's a program back in Ada, OK for Chickasaw people, a language mentoring program where students are paired with elders who are fluent speakers and you work with them several hours a week, immersed in the language. My people working really hard to promote the learning and preservation of our language.

I would encourage anyone who is interested in learning their native language to do so, even if it's slow, even if you make mistakes. We need to keep these languages alive for our children's sake!
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I don't speak Choctaw, but I'm Chickasaw (slowly, very slowly learning the language) and the 2 languages are from the same family and have a lot of similarity in vocabulary, grammar, etc.
The Alabama and Coushatta languages are also in the same family. Sometimes we're able to understand some Choctaw and Seminole words. It's neat.
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I remember being told back when I lived in AZ that Navajo was one of the hardest languages to learn. It's a beautiful language, and I'm glad that you're encouraging your little one to learn.
Thats what ive heard also. But being navajo and hearing it all the time, its doesnt sound hard or difficult to me.

I would say the Ute language is hard for me. My husband talks to our daughter in ute, she understands him, but doesnt reply back. So shes learning 2 different languages.
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Thats what ive heard also. But being navajo and hearing it all the time, its doesnt sound hard or difficult to me.
I have only been here on the Rez for about 3 1/2 months now and yes I would agree that Navajo isn't really that difficult. I think the hard part is some of the sounds and the fact that most people aren't use to making some of the sounds. The hardest one for me so far has been the slash l, but I overcame it and learned it.
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I have only been here on the Rez for about 3 1/2 months now and yes I would agree that Navajo isn't really that difficult. I think the hard part is some of the sounds and the fact that most people aren't use to making some of the sounds. The hardest one for me so far has been the slash l, but I overcame it and learned it.
Thats right. The "l" with the slashes are tricky. Most of the words you speak you using your nasal passage. It may sound weird, but if you hear the elders speak, you can hear it. My mom said thats why its a hard language to learn. You have to use your nose and tounge.
Kinda sounds like your diggin' a hole . . . nose and tounge
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Yeah the nasal sounds are a little hard to get use to but I knew how to do them from the little bit of Choctaw that I do know.
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Im so gla you know about the nasal usage. Most ppl look at me weird and say "nasal what??"

My mom use to work with a lady who way half Choctaw, but i dont remember much of her. It been over twenty yrs since my mom worked at the public library.
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