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Learning Navajo is just like Learning any other Language

May 20, 2011

Learning the Navajo language is no different from learning any other language.  It is funny that I have been putting this into practice for some time now, but I have not shared that reality with this audience.

There are certain principles and best practices to learning practically anything and everything. Likewise, there are best practices for learning languages. I have this feeling that some individuals who are interested in Navajo are not aware of the best approach. I can see how learning Navajo would be different from learning other languages. There are some disadvantages because of lack of available content and contact with the people, but methods used by others to learn other target languages are useful for studying Navajo.

I have made an effort to find web pages, forums, communities, and groups organized by polyglots or other language learners. Polyglots are individuals who have acquired several languages, so it is to our advantage that we learn from their language experiences. There are a few sites that I like to follow, some are language specific…but for our purposes here I will just include links to bloggers that are writing to help others learn any language.

Fasterforeignlanguagelearning.com
Everydaylanguagelearner.com
Yearlyglot.com
Fluentin3months.com
Aspiringpolyglotblog.wordpress.com

There is also a Top 100 listing of language blogs by BabLa. The list for 2010 can viewed here.

Not all content will apply directly, or be significant, to a of study of the Navajo language but it gets the creative juices going as to how to approach a targeted language.

I have link section here that has some other sites to read about learning languages as well.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 21, 2011 2:06 pm

    Thanks so much for mentioning me in the post above. Glad you found me and I am excited to find you. I would love to see more people learning Navajo! Very cool. Keep up the great work.

  2. Alexi permalink
    July 15, 2011 1:29 am

    Thanks so much for your website. I wanted to know if there is any chance I can locate a center in Los Angeles, where I can learn Navajo. Please let me know. Thanks! Alexi

    • July 16, 2011 9:32 pm

      I found an Indian Center in southern California, http://www.indiancenter.org. I found a discussion between two individuals that said there was a tutor. I haven’t called them yet. Site seems to be under construction. Give them a call.

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