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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, esp. given the dearth of teaching materials for any Native languages. But being shown how to say "brandy snifter" or "Pluto" in Navajo does make one wonder about the cultural applicability of these endeavors.
(This reminds me of the Duden dictionaries that used the same illustration-templates for every edition -- based on the German -- so that in the English-Thai edition, we could all be shown how to say "serving pot for boiled potatoes" in languages whose cultures had no such concept.)
In short, I worry that this is very inappropriate for Navajo culture. It may have /some/ useful vocabulary in it, but on the whole it seems very unreliable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
As one of the other reviewers indicates, I at first thought this book would be mostly useless -- translations for sea creatures and English fighter planes don't seem to be of much use in rural Navajoland. However, I find this very useful as a complement to other dictionaries, and it's also the most engaging for children to page through.

While a standard set of words means that some that don't apply to Navajo lives, the English and Navajo indexes in the back are great, and make it easy to look up a majority of the object nouns that you might need in learning Navajo.

Also, one greatly needed improvement for the index would be to add a phonetic pronunciation guide for the Navajo words -- oddly, there are phonetic guides to English in the back, but not to Navajo!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2011
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
There aren't many references out there pertaining to the navajo language. Having a picture dictionary makes learning the words easier and more enjoyable. Yes it does look outdated due to the fact it was published in the late 80's but it is very thorough and makes memorization easier when you connect the word with the visual.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2010
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Excellent book written by a native speaker. Clear, high-quality printing, and the language is Standard Navajo. Good spelling, and so far I have found only one lone accent mark that I would disagree with. Worth every penny.
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on November 11, 2014
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the native American inmate students in my classroom really like this book a lot. most of the natives are Navajo, and many of them, even when they speak the language, haven't seen it written. this is a prized book on the prison yard. it was taken once, so i immediately purchased another to replace it.

in addition to the picture-dictionary pages, there are written English-to-Navajo and Navajo-to-English sections in the back of the book.
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on May 19, 2014
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This dictionary is easy for students to use, because of the pictures and because of the categories offered. I need more.
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on February 28, 2014
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Wish I had this when my kids were growing up! The grand-kids love it and have used it in many school presentations and projects. They love learning a new language and plan to list Navajo as a language on their college submissions.
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on December 6, 2013
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I'm using this book for my own writing because it enables me to reach into the obscure Navajo language enough to make the connection between one culture and another. It would be very useful for helping children learn a little about Navajo.
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