Studying Navajo Verbs
I have been reading The Navajo Verb by Leonard Faltz for the last few weeks. I have not read it everyday but I should. I have to say I am impressed with the book thus far. Faltz makes a great effort to start from “square one”. He keeps from going into too much detail on a particular rule that is to be addressed in later chapters. To understand the complexities of the Navajo verb he builds knowledge on top of knowledge.
I wondered if, while reading, Navajos have a hard time with learning Navajo because we don’t know enough about language in general. I will give a sad personal example. Verbs. I don’t think I internalized the meaning of verbs when I was in grade school and early on in high school. It was not until I started taking Spanish classes in high school that verbs, verb stems and conjugation really sunk in. English does not conjugate verbs like other Latin based languages. It is with my background in Spanish that I am able to understand what Faltz is covering in the beginning chapters of his book.