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Yá’át’ééh! My name is Krystle Seschillie. I am Navajo/Diné originally from New Mexico. Like many of my generation and background I feel a great responsibility to learn Navajo and to help my people. I have always heard Navajo is one of the most difficult languages and is likewise almost impossible to learn. I don’t believe this to be true. I think Navajo is complex, but not impossible.
In 2009, I decided to make a serious attempt to learn Navajo and I sought out resources. I wanted to explore the least expensive route of learning the Navajo language. After I found programs and books that charge quite a bit of money I searched the internet for free language resources. At the time, I didn’t find many. And although I did find a few resources, webpages no longer existed, had broken links, or had not been updated in years.
This is when I decided I wanted to make a contribution to the Navajo language learning community. Since then I have done quite a bit of digging and found less commonly known Navajo video, audio, and printed resources (often free) which I have reviewed and linked on this very blog.
So this is my ongoing project: Learn to speak, write, listen, and read in the Navajo language, document my progress and methods, find online resources to study, develop my own resources for studying and maintaining proficiency, and make these materials available to the public. I want to also encourage this tech savvy generation to use their skills and interests to increase the amount of Navajo content available on the internet for language learners.
I invite anyone interested to join me in a race to keep the Navajo language, or any other endangered language, from being completely lost. Although I focus on Navajo, the methods and technological tools covered in this blog can also be used for many other endangered indigenous languages.