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Dine Bizaad: Speak, Read, Write Navajo Paperback – Box set, September 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0964418912 ISBN-10: 0964418916

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Salina Bookshelf, Inc. (September 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964418916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964418912
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Navajo language forms the center of Navajo culture. The appearance of Diné Bizaad is particularly timely and most welcome. --Peter Iverson

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Best used in sessions with native speakers.
Anthro Chiq
This is an excellent resource, but I strongly advise buying the CDs as well.
K. Bunnell
Kudos... Remember, as with any language...practice makes perfect.
M. Barker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Anthro Chiq on June 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
Goossen's text & tape are welcome supplamental materials to a 2-yr study of Navajo. He provides sound examples on "how Navajo is spoken", vitally important in Navajo. He provides many good examples on how nouns, and verbs, and positional markers are used. I spent 2 years @ 65 hours a week training in Navajo to gain a 'basic' ability to speak to weavers. Gossen's work served as a useful platform in our student search for additional reference material. Both tape & text must be used in conjunction with a grounded study of Navajo - which means "lots of spoken training". Gossen provides good reference material on Navajo dialogue/conversation. Best used in sessions with native speakers. Would recommend it to students who are studying Navajo.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 2002
Format: Audio Cassette
The Navajo Language is a fairly difficult language to learn, and there are few books out there that can teach you the Language. In general, cultural practices of the Navajo are seldomly documented and packaged for sale--it's a cultural thing. But this book is the most extensive book out there. Unlike what a previous reviwer claimed, THERE ARE english translations for the Navajo words in the book, including a glossary in the back. YOU WILL NEED THE TAPES to accompany this book!! You just can't read the book and learn the language---the tapes are required. Navajo is a very "throaty" language and it takes a lot of prctice to learn it. Furthermore, I would suggest buying the Navajo-English Dictionary after you have mastered the book.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
I cannot praise this book too highly. For years I have been searching for a good Dine (Navajo) course and this is by far the best one I have seen. It is clear, concise and user-friendly while also being thorough and grammatically accurate. The lessons are structured around useful, every-day language in the form of dialogues, stories, grammmatical explanations and exercises. The book includes an appendix of Dine verb structure and a two-way vocabulary, Dine/English and English/Dine. I haven't got the tapes yet, but the book is wonderful and definitely a valuable acquisition for anyone interested in learning to speak the Dine language.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
I seriously wonder what the other review-writers imagine language-learning is like; do you actually figure you can simply buy a tape, listen to it a couple of times and then start talking like a living dictionary? No, this book deserves better. Of course you need both the book and the tapes! I'm not done with my studies yet, but so far the book seems well-structured and if you actually want to learn this language (which means "work"), buy this book and get started!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Raoul on November 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is difficult to use without a teacher. A translation of the dialogues would have been welcome since many words are not included in the glossary! The verb is another nightmare because the inflexions are prefixed unlike english (suffixed). If you look for the translation of 'worked' (suppose you learn english), you will look in the dictionary for 'work'. But if you look for the translation of 'naalnish' you will have to search thru every inflected forms of every verbs in Appendix A! If the stems of the verbs (in this example '-nish') had been included in the dictionary , it would have made the task easier. Completing the 30 lessons is a steep and thorny road.

In spite of these defects, this book is better than BREAKTHROUGH

NAVAJO and its sequel INTERMEDIATE NAVAJO.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harry A. Smith on February 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is by far the best overall package for learning Dine Bizaad that there is! The dialogs are reasonable and straightforward, the grammar is clearly and plainly set out. Make no mistake about it, Navajo is difficult - for a variety of reasons. The grammar is very much unlike English or any of the romance languages and it takes quite a bit of getting used to just to acquire a feeling for how the language should work! I also agree with the other reviewers, - buy the CDs! Unless you just want to read the language you absolutely have to hear it spoken in order to really learn it! I only wish the CD's were listing along with the book when you do a general search on [...]. I had the book 2 weeks before I found a link to the tape set on this site!!!! And then only by looking at "Other Formats" by accident!!!! Oh well....

Be aware you will have to put out musch effort to master this language. But it is worth it to understand a native "Path of Beauty"!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Champion on September 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book/audio set is a vast improvement over Mr. Goossen's previous course, NAVAJO MADE EASIER (!). Navajo (and the other Southern Athabascan languages) is a notoriously difficult language to learn. Much of the difficulty, aside from its alien structure and sound system, is due the cultural aspects of the language - - why things are said the way they are in given cultural contexts. Fortunately, Mr. Goossen goes to great lengths to explain these aspects so the book is truly more than just a language text-book. If you have any interest in learning Navajo, be prepared - - you are embarking on a lengthy, sometimes frustrating but immanently rewarding learning experience. DINE BIZAAD is probably the best course available, but be sure to get the audio portion of the course as well as the text-book as Navajo, like any language, must be heard (definitely more so than say, a Romance or Germanic language) to be fully assimilated. And if you're in the Four Corners area, tune into the Navajo language stations. We've found three of them, one out of Window Rock (Tseghahoodzani) and two from Farmington (Tota). Good luck on your journey.
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