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Navajo Code Talkers' Dictionary

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Books about Navajo Code Talkers

REVISED AS OF 15 JUNE 1945
(DECLASSIFIED UNDER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DIRECTIVE 5200.9)
ALPHABET         NAVAJO WORD                LITERAL TRANSLATION
A                	WOL-LA-CHEE                	ANT
A                	BE-LA-SANA                 	APPLE
A                	TSE-NILL                   	AXE
B                	NA-HASH-CHID              	BADGER
B                	SHUSH                      	BEAR
B                	TOISH-JEH                  	BARREL
C                	MOASI                      	CAT
C                	TLA-GIN                    	COAL
C                	BA-GOSHI                   	COW
D                	BE                         		DEER
D                	CHINDI                     		DEVIL
D                	LHA-CHA-EH                 	DOG
E               	AH-JAH                     	EAR
E                	DZEH                       		ELK
E                	AH-NAH                     	EYE
F                	CHUO                       	FIR
F                	TSA-E-DONIN-EE             	FLY
F                	MA-E                       		FOX
G                	AH-TAD                     	GIRL
G                	KLIZZIE                    		GOAT
G                	JEHA                       		GUM
H                	TSE-GAH                    	HAIR
H                	CHA                        		HAT
H                	LIN                        		HORSE
I                	TKIN                       		ICE
I                	YEH-HES                    	ITCH
I                	A-CHI                      		INTESTINE
J                	TKELE-CHO-G                	JACKASS
J                	AH-YA-TSINNE               	JAW
J                	YIL-DOI                    		JERK
K                	JAD-HO-LONI                	KETTLE
K                	BA-AH-NE-DI-TININ          	KEY
K                	KLIZZIE-YAZZIE             	KID
L                	DIBEH-YAZZIE               	LAMB
L                	AH-JAD                     	LEG
L                	NASH-DOIE-TSO              	LION
M                	TSIN-TLITI                 		MATCH
M                	BE-TAS-TNI                 	MIRROR
M                	NA-AS-TSO-SI               	MOUSE
N                	TSAH                       		NEEDLE
N                	A-CHIN                     		NOSE
O                	A-KHA                      	OIL
O                	TLO-CHIN                   	ONION
O                	NE-AHS-JAH                 	OWL
P                	CLA-GI-AIH                 	PANT
P                	BI-SO-DIH                  	PIG
P                	NE-ZHONI                   	PRETTY
Q                	CA-YEILTH                  	QUIVER
R                	GAH                        		RABBIT
R                	DAH-NES-TSA                	RAM
R                	AH-LOSZ                    	RICE
S                	DIBEH                      		SHEEP
S                	KLESH                      	SNAKE
T                	D-AH                       		TEA
T                	A-WOH                      	TOOTH
T                	THAN-ZIE                   	TURKEY
U                	SHI-DA                     		UNCLE
U                	NO-DA-IH                   	UTE
V                	A-KEH-DI-GLINI             	VICTOR 
W                	GLOE-IH                    	WEASEL
X                	AL-NA-AS-DZOH              	CROSS
Y                	TSAH-AS-ZIH                	YUCCA
Z                	BESH-DO-TLIZ               	ZINC                      


NAMES OF VARIOUS
ORGANIZATIONS    NAVAJO WORD                LITERAL TRANSLATION
CORPS        	DIN-NEH-IH              		CLAN
DIVISION         	ASHIH-HI                   	SALT
REGIMENT         	TABAHA                     	EDGE WATER
BATTALION        	TACHEENE     		RED SOIL
COMPANY          	NAKIA                      		MEXICAN
PLATOON          	HAS-CLISH-NIH              	MUD
SECTION          	YO-IH                      		BEADS
SQUAD            	DEBEH-LI-ZINI              	BLACK SHEEP

OFFICERS
COMMANDING GEN. BIH-KEH-HE (G)		WAR CHIEF
MAJOR GEN.       	SO-NA-KIH                 	TWO STAR
BRIGADIER GEN.   	SO-A-LA-IH                 	ONE STAR
COLONEL          	ATSAH-BESH-LE-GAI          	SILVER EAGLE
LT. COLONEL      	CHE-CHIL-BE-TAH-BESH-LEGAI SILVER OAK LEAF
MAJOR            	CHE-CHIL-BE-TAH-OLA        	GOLD OAK LEAF
CAPTAIN          	BESH-LEGAI-NAH-KIH         	TWO SILVER BARS
LIEUTENANT       	BESH-LEGAI-A-LAH-IH        	ONE SILVER BAR
COMMANDING OFFICER HASH-KAY-GI-NA-TAH       WAR CHIEF
EXECUTIVE OFFICER  BIH-DA-HOL-NEHI          	THOSE IN CHARGE

NAMES OF COUNTRIES
AFRICA          	ZHIN-NI                     	BLACKIES
ALASKA          	BEH-HGA                     	WITH WINTER
AMERICA         	NE-HE-MAH                   	OUR MOTHER
AUSTRALIA       	CHA-YES-DESI                	ROLLED HAT
BRITAIN         	TOH-TA                      	BETWEEN WATERS
CHINA           	CEH-YEHS-BESI               	BRAIDED HAIR
FRANCE          	DA-GHA-HI                   	BEARD
GERMANY         	BESH-BE-CHA-HE              	IRON HAT
ICELAND         	TKIN-KE-YAH                 	ICE LAND
INDIA           	AH-LE-GAI                   	WHITE CLOTHES
ITALY           	DOH-HA-CHI-YALI-TCHI        	STUTTER
JAPAN           	BEH-NA-ALI-TSOSIE           	SLANT EYE
PHILIPPINE      	KE-YAH-DA-NA-LHE            	FLOATING ISLAND
RUSSIA          	SILA-GOL-CHI-IH             	RED ARMY
SOUTH AMERICA   	SHA-DE-AH-NE-HI-MAH         	SOUTH OUR MOTHER
SPAIN           	DEBA-DE-NIH                 	SHEEP PAIN

NAMES OF AIRPLANES
PLANES          	WO-TAH-DE-NE-IH             	AIR FORCE
DIVE BOMBER     	GINI                        		CHICKEN HAWK 
TORPEDO PLANE   	TAS-CHIZZIE                 	SWALLOW
OBS. PLAN       	NE-AS-JAH                   	OWL
FIGHTER PLANE   	DA-HE-TIH-HI                	HUMMING BIRD
BOMBER PLANE    	JAY-SHO                     	BUZZARD
PATROL PLANE    	GA-GIH                      	CROW
TRANSPORT       	ATSAH                       	EAGLE

NAMES OF SHIPS
SHIPS           	TOH-DINEH-IH                	SEA FORCE
BATTLESHIP      	LO-TSO                      	WHALE
AIRCRAFT        	TSIDI-MOFFA-YE-HI           	BIRD CARRIER
SUBMARINE       	BESH-LO                     	IRON FISH
MINE SWEEPER    	CHA                         		BEAVER
DESTROYER       	CA-LO                       	SHARK
TRANSPORT       	DINEH-NAY-YE-HI             	MAN CARRIER
CRUISER         	LO-TSO-YAZZIE               	SMALL WHALE
MOSQUITO BOAT   	TSE-E                       	MOSQUITO

NAMES OF MONTHS
JANUARY         	ATSAH-BE-YAZ                	SMALL EAGLE
FEBRUARY        	WOZ-CHEIND                  	SQUEEKY VOICE
MARCH           	TAH-CHILL                   	SMALL PLANT
APRIL          	TAH-TSO                     	BIG PLANT
MAY             	TAH-TSOSIE                  	SMALL PLANT
JUNE            	BE-NE-EH-EH-JAH-TSO         	BIG PLANTING
JULY            	BE-NE-TA-TSOSIE             	SMALL HARVEST
AUGUST          	BE-NEEN-TA-TSO              	BIG HARVEST
SEPTEMBER       	GHAW-JIH                    	HALF
OCTOBER         	NIL-CHI-TSOSIE              	SMALL WIND
NOVEMBER        	NIL-CHI-TSO                 	BIG WIND
DECEMBER        	YAS-NIL-TES                 	CRUSTED SNOW
Books about Navajo Code Talkers

VOCABULARY
WORD            	NAVAJO                      LITERAL TRANSACTION
ABANDON         	YE-TSAN                     	RUN AWAY FROM
ABOUT           	WOLA-CHI-A-MOFFA-GAHN      ANT FIGHT
ABREAST        	 WOLA-CHEE-BE-YIED    	ANT BREAST
ACCOMPLISH      	UL-SO                       	ALL DONE
ACCORDING       	BE-KA-HO                    	ACCORDING TO
ACKNOWLEDGE	HANOT-DZIED             	ACKNOWLEDGE
ACTION          	AH-HA-TINH                  	PLACE OF ACTION
ACTIVITY        	AH-HA-TINH-Y                	ACTION ENDING IN Y
ADEQUATE        	BEH-GHA                     	ENOUGH
ADDITION        	IH-HE-DE-NDEL               	ADDITION
ADDRESS         	YI-CHIN-HA-TSE              	ADDRESS
ADJACENT        	BE-GAHI                     	NEAR
ADJUST          	HAS-TAI-NEL-KAD             	ADJUST
ADVANCE         	NAS-SEY                     	AHEAD
ADVISE          	NA-NETIN                    	ADVISE
AERIAL          	BE-ZONZ                     	STINGER
AFFIRMATIVE     	LANH                        	AFFIRMATIVE
AFTER           	BI-KHA-DI (A)	                AFTER
AGAINST         	BE-NA-GNISH                 	AGAINST
AID             	EDA-ELE-TSOOD               	AID
AIR             	NILCHI                      	AIR
AIRDOME         	NILCHI-BEGHAN               	AIRDOME
ALERT           	HA-IH-DES-EE                	ALERT
ALL             	TA-A-TAH (A)                	ALL
ALLIES          	NIH-HI-CHO                  	ALLIES
ALONG           	WOLACHEE-SNEZ               	LONG ANT
ALSO            	EH-DO                       	ALSO
ALTERNATE       	NA-KEE-GO-NE-NAN-DEY-HE   SECOND POSITION
AMBUSH          	KHAC-DA                     	AMBUSH
AMMUNITION  	BEH-ELI-DOH-BE-CAH-ALI-TAS-AI   AMMUNITION
AMPHIBIOUS      	CHAL                        	FROG
AND             	DO                          		AND
ANGLE           	DEE-CAHN                    	SLANTING
ANNEX           	IH-NAY-TANI                 	ADDITION
ANNOUNCE        	BEH-HA-O-DZE                	ANNOUNCE
ANTI            	WOL-LA-CHEE-TSIN            	ANT ICE
ANTICIPATE      	NI-JOL-LIH                  	ANTICIPATE
ANY             	TAH-HA-DAH                  	ANY
APPEAR          	YE-KA-HA-YA                 	APPEAR
APPROACH        	BI-CHI-OL-DAH               	APPROACH
APPROXIMATE     	TO-KUS-DAN                  	APPROXIMATE
ARE             	GAH-TSO BIG                 	RABBIT
AREA            	HAZ-A-GIH                   	AREA
ARMOR           	BESH-YE-HA-DA-DI-TEH        	IRON PROTECTOR
ARMY            	LEI-CHA-IH-YIL-KNEE-IH      	ARMY
ARRIVE          	IL-DAY                      	ARRIVE
ARTILLERY       	BE-AL-DOH-TSO-LANI          	MANY BIG GUNS
AS              	AHCE                        	AS
ASSAULT         	ALTSEH-E-JAH-HE             	FIRST STRIKER
ASSEMBLE        	DE-JI-KASH                  	BUNCH TOGETHER
ASSIGN          	BAH-DEH-TAHN                	ASSIGN
AT              	AH-DI                       		AT
ATTACK          	AL-TAH-JE-JAY               	ATTACK
ATTEMPT         	BO-O-NE-TAH (A)             	TRY
ATTENTION       	GIHA                        		ATTENTION
AUTHENTICATOR   	HANI-BA-AH-HO-ZIN           	KNOW ABOUT 
AUTHORIZE       	BE-BO-HO-SNEE               	AUTHORIZE
AVAILABLE       	TA-SHOZ-TEH-IH              	AVAILABLE

BAGGAGE         	KLAILH (B)                  	BAGGAGE
BANZAI          	NE-TAH                      	FOOL THEM
BARGE           	BESH-NA-ELT                 	BARGE
BARRAGE         	BESH-BA-WA-CHIND            	BARRAGE
BARRIER         	BIH-CHAN-NI-AH              	IN THE WAY
BASE            	BIH-TSEE-DIH                	BASE
BATTERY         	BIH-BE-AL-DOH-TKA-IH        	THREE GUNS
BATTLE          	DA-AH-HI-DZI-TSIO          	BATTLE
BAY             	TOH-AH-HI-GHINH             	BAY
BAZOOKA         	AH-ZHOL                     	BAZOOKA
BE              	TSES-NAH                    	BEE
BEACH           	TAH-BAHN (B)                	BEACH
BEEN            	TSES-NAH-NES-CHEE           	BEE NUT
BEFORE          	BIH-TSE-DIH                 	BEFORE
BEGIN           	HA-HOL-ZIZ                  	COMMENCE FROM
BELONG          	TSES-NAH-SNEZ              	LONG BEE
BETWEEN         	BI-TAH-KIZ                  	BETWEEN
BEYOND          	BILH-LA DI                  	DOWN BELOW
BIVOUAC         	EHL-NAS-TEH                 	BRUSH SHELTER
BOMB            	A-YE-SHI                    	EGGS
BOOBY TRAP      	DINEH-BA-WHOA-BLEHI         	MAN TRAP
BORNE           	YE-CHIE-TSAH                	BORN ELK
BOUNDARY        	KA-YAH-BI-NA-HAS-DZOH(B)    BOUNDARY
BULL DOZER      	DOLA-ALTH-WHOSH             	BULL SLEEP
BUNKER          	TSAS-KA                     	SANDY HOLLOW
BUT             	NEH-DIH                     	BUT
BY              	BE-GHA                      	BY

CABLE           	BESH-LKOH                   	WIRE ROPE
CALIBER         	NAHL-KIHD                   	MOVE AROUND
CAMP            	TO-ALTSEH-HOGAN             	TEMPORARY PLACE
CAMOUFLAGE      	DI-NES-IH                   	HID
CAN             	YAH-DI-ZINI                 	CAN
CANNONEER  	BE-AL-DOH-TSO-DEY-DIL-DON-IGI    BIG GUN OPERATOR
CAPACITY        	BE-NEL-AH                   	CAPACITY
CAPTURE         	YIS-NAH                     	CAPTURE
CARRY           	YO-LAILH                    	CARRY
CASE            	BIT-SAH                     	CASE
CASUALTY        	BIH-DIN-NE-DEY              	PUT OUT OF ACTION
CAUSE           	BI-NIH-NANI                 	CAUSE
CAVE            	TSA-OND                     	ROCK CAVE
CEILING         	DA-TEL-JAY                  	SEAL
CEMETARY        	JISH-CHA                    	AMONG DEVILS
CENTER          	ULH-NE-IH                   	CENTER
CHANGE          	THLA-GO-A-NAT-ZAH           	CHANGE
CHANNEL         	HA-TALHI-YAZZIE             	SMALL SINGER
CHARGE          	AH-TAH-GI-JAH               	CHARGE
CHEMICAL        	TA-NEE                      	ALKALI
CIRCLE          	NAS-PAS                     	CIRCLE
CIRCUIT         	AH-HEH-HA-DAILH             	CIRCUIT
CLASS           	ALTH-AH-A-TEH               	CLASS
CLEAR           	YO-AH-HOL-ZHOD              	CLEAR
CLIFF           	TSE-YE-CHEE                 	CLIFF
CLOSE           	UL-CHI-UH-NAL-YAH           	CLOSE
COAST GUARD     	TA-BAS-DSISSI               	SHORE RUNNER
CODE            	YIL-TAS                     	PECK
COLON         	NAKI-ALH--DEH-DA-AL-ZHIN      TWO SPOTS
COLUMN          	ALTH-KAY-NE-ZIH             	COLUMN
COMBAT          	DA-AH-HI-JIH-GANH           	FIGHTING
COMBINATION     	AL-TKAS-EI                  	MIXED
COME            	HUC-QUO                     	COME
COMMA           	TSA-NA-DAHL                 	TAIL DROP
COMMERCIAL      	NAI-EL-NE-HI                	COMMERCIAL
COMMIT          	HUC-QUO-LA-JISH             	COME GLOVE
COMMUNICATION   	HA-NEH-AL-ENJI              	MAKING TALK
CONCEAL         	BE-KI-ASZ-JOLE              	CONCEAL
CONCENTRATION   	TA-LA-HI-JIH                	ONE PLACE
CONCUSSION      	WHE-HUS-DIL                 	CONCUSSION
CONDITION       	AH-HO-TAI                   	HOW IT IS
CONFERENCE      	BE-KE-YA-TI                 	TALK OVER
CONFIDENTIAL    	NA-NIL-IN                   	KEPT SECRET
CONFIRM         	TA-A-NEH                    	MAKE SURE
CONQUER         	A-KEH-DES-DLIN              	WON
CONSIDER        	NE-TSA-CAS                  	THINK IT OVER
CONSIST         	BILH (C)                    	CONSIST
CONSOLIDATE     	AH-HIH-HI-NIL               	PUT TOGETHER
CONSTRUCT       	AHL-NEH                     	TO MAKE
CONTACT         	AH-HI-DI-DAIL               	COME TOGETHER
CONTINUE        	TA-YI-TEH                   	CONTINUE 
CONTROL         	NAI-GHIZ                    	CONTROL
CONVOY          	TKAL-KAH-O-NEL              	MOVING ON WATER
COORDINATE      	BEH-EH-HO-ZIN-NA-AS-DZOH    KNOWN LINES
COUNTER ATTACK  	WOLTAH-AL-KI-GI-JEH         	COUNTER ACT
COURSE          	CO-JI-GOH                   	COURSE
CRAFT           	AH-TOH                      	NEST
CREEK           	TOH-NIL-TSANH               	VERY LITTLE WATER
CROSS           	AL-N-AS-DZOH                	CROSS
CUB             	SHUSH-YAHZ                  	CUB

DASH            	US-DZOH                     	DASH
DAWN            	HA-YELI-KAHN                	DAWN 
DEFENSE         	AH-KIN-CIL-TOH              	DEFENSE                    
DEGREE          	NAHL-KIHD                   	DEGREE     
DELAY           	BE-SITIHN                   	DEER LAY
DELIVER         	BE-BIH-ZIHDE                	DEER LIVER
DEMOLITION      	AH-DEEL-TAHI                	BLOW UP
DENSE           	HO-DILH-CLA (D)             	WET  
DEPART          	DA-DE-YAH                   	DEPART
DEPARTMENT      	HOGAN                       	DEPARTMENT
DESIGNATE       	YE-KHI-DEL-NEI              	POINT OUT        
DESPERATE       	AH-DA-AH-HO-DZAH            	DOWN TO LAST      
DETACH          	AL-CHA-NIL                  	DETACHED
DETAIL          	BE-BEH-SHA                  	DEER TAIL
DETONATOR       	AH-DEEL-TAHI (OR)           	BLOWN UP 
DIFFICULT       	NA-NE-KLAH                  	DIFFICULT
DIG IN          	LE-EH-GADE                  	DIG IN
DIRECT          	AH-JI-GO                    	DIRECT
DISEMBARK       	EH-HA-JAY                   	GET OUT
DISPATCH        	LA-CHAI-EN-SEIS-BE-JAY      	DOG IS PATCH         
DISPLACE        	HIH-DO-NAL                  	MOVE
DISPLAY         	BE-SEIS-NA-NEH              	DEER IS PLAY        
DISPOSITION     	A-HO-TEY                    	DISPOSITION
DISTRIBUTE      	NAH-NEH                     	DISTRIBUTE
DISTRICT        	BE-THIN-YA-NI-CHE           	DEER ICE STRICT
DO              	TSE-LE                      	SMALL PUP
DOCUMENT        	BEH-EH-HO-ZINZ              	DOCUMENT
DRIVE           	AH-NOL-KAHL                 	DRIVE
DUD             	DI-GISS-YAHZIE              	SMALL DUMMY   
DUMMY           	DI-GISS-TSO                 	BIG DUMMY

EACH            	TA-LAHI-NE-ZINI-GO (D)      	EACH      
ECHELON         	WHO-DZAH                    	LINE
EDGE            	BE-BA-HI                    	EDGE
EFFECTIVE       	BE-DELH-NEED                	EFFECTIVE      
EFFORT          	YEA-GO                      	WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT
ELEMENT        	 AH-NA-NAI                   	TROOP REPRESENTING OTHERS 
ELEVATE         	ALI-KHI-HO-NE-OHA           	ELEVATE
ELIMINATE       	HA-BEH-TO-DZIL              	ELIMINATE
EMBARK          	EH-HO-JAY                   	GET ON
EMERGENCY       	HO-NEZ-CLA                  	EMERGENCY
EMPLACEMENT     	LA-AZ-NIL                   	EMPLACEMENT
ENCIRCLE        	YE-NAS-TEH (E)              	ENCIRCLE
ENCOUNTER       	BI-KHANH                    	GO AGAINST
ENGAGE          	A-HA-NE-HO-TA               	AGREED
ENGINE          	CHIDI-BI-TSI-TSINE (E)      	ENGINE
ENGINEER        	DAY-DIL-JAH-HE              	ENGINEER
ENLARGE         	NIH-TSA-GOH-AL-NEH          	MAKE BIG
ENLIST          	BIH-ZIH-A-DA-YI-LAH         	ENLIST
ENTIRE          	TA-A-TAH (E)                	ENTIRE
ENTRENCH        	E-GAD-AH-NE-LIH             	MAKE DITCH
ENVELOP         	A-ZAH-GI-YA                 	ENVELOP
EQUIPMENT       	YA-HA-DE-TAHI               	EQUIPMENT
ERECT           	YEH-ZIHN                    	STAND UP
ESCAPE          	A-ZEH-HA-GE-YAH             	ESCAPE
ESTABLISH       	HAS-TAY-DZAH                	ESTABLISH
ESTIMATE        	BIH-KE-TSE-HOD-DES-KEZ      	ESTIMATE
EVACUATE        	HA-NA                       	EVACUATE
EXCEPT          	NEH-DIH (E)                 	EXCEPT
EXCEPT          	NA-WOL-NE                   	EXPECT
EXCHANGE        	ALH-NAHL-YAH                	EXCHANGE
EXECUTE         	A-DO-NIL                    	EXECUTE
EXPLOSIVE       	AH-DEL-TAHI (E)             	EXPLOSIVE
EXPEDITE        	SHIL-LOH (E)                	SPEED UP
EXTEND          	NE-TDALE                    	MAKE WIDE
EXTREME         	AL-TSAN-AH-BAHM             	EACH END

FAIL            	CHA-AL-EIND                 	FAIL
FAILURE         	YEES-GHIN                   	FAILURE
FARM            	MAI-BE-HE-AHGAN             	FOX ARM
FEED            	DZEH-CHI-YON                	FEED
FIELD           	CLO-DIH (F)                 	FIELD
FIERCE          	TOH-BAH-HA-ZSID             	AFRAID
FILE            	BA-EH-CHEZ                  	FILE
FINAL           	TAH-AH-KWO-DIH              	THAT IS ALL
FLAME THROWER   COH-AH-GHIL-TLID           	FLAME THROWER
FLANK           	DAH-DI-KAD                  	FLANK
FLARE           	WO-CHI                      	LIGHT STREAK
FLIGHT          	MA-E-AS-ZLOLI               	FOX LIGHT
FORCE           	TA-NA-NE-LADI               	WITHOUT CARE
FORM            	BE-CHA                      	FORM
FORMATION       	BE-CHA-YE-LAILH             	FORMATION
FORTIFICATION   	AH-NA-SOZI                  	CLIFF DWELLING
FORTIFY         	AH-NA-SOZI-YAZZIE           	SMALL FORTIFICATION
FORWARD         	TEHI                        		LET'S GO
FRAGMENTATION   	BESH-YAZZIE                 	SMALL METAL
FREQUENCY       	HA-TALHI-TSO                	BIG SINGER
FRIENDLY        	NEH-HECHO-DA-NE             	FRIENDLY
FROM            	BI-TSAN-DEHN                	FROM
FURNISH         	YEAS-NIL (F)                	FURNISH
FURTHER         	WO-NAS-DI                   	FURTHER

GARRISON        	YAH-A-DA-HAL-YON-IH         	TAKE CARE OF
GASOLINE        	CHIDI-BI-TOH                	GASOLINE
GRENADE         	NI-MA-SI                    	POTATOES
GUARD           	NI-DIH-DA-HI                	GUARD
GUIDE          	NAH-E-THLAI                 	GUIDE

HALL            	LHI-TA-A-TA                 	HORSE ALL
HALF TRACK      	ALH-NIH-JAH-A-QUHE          	RACE TRACK
HALT            	TA-AKWAI-I                  	HALT
HANDLE          	BET-SEEN                    	HANDLE
HAVE            	JO                          		HAVE
HEADQUARTER     	NA-HA-TAH-TA-BA-HOGAN       HEADQUARTER
HELD            	WO-TAH-TA-EH-DAHN-OH        HELD (PAST TENSE)
HIGH            	WO-TAH                      	HIGH
HIGH EXPLOSIVE  	BE-AL-DOH-BE-CA-BIH-DZIL-IGI POWERFUL SHELL
HIGHWAY         	WO-TAH-HO-NE-TEH            	HIGH WAY
HOLD            	WO-TKANH                    	HOLD 
HOSPITAL        	A-ZEY-AL-IH                 	PLACE OF MEDICINE
HOSTILE         	A-NAH-NE-DZIN               	NOT FRIENDLY
HOWITZER        	BE-EL-DON-TS-QUODI          	SHORT BIG GUN

ILLUMINATE      	WO-CHI (I)                  	LIGHT UP
IMMEDIATELY     	SHIL-LOH (I)                	IMMEDIATELY
IMPACT          	A-HE-DIS-GOH               	IMPACT
IMPORTANT       	BA-HAS-TEH                  	IMPORTANT
IMPROVE         	HO-DOL-ZHOND                	IMPROVE
INCLUDE         	EL-TSOD                     	INCLUDE
INCREASE        	HO-NALH                     	INCREASE
INDICATE        	BA-HAL-NEH                  	TELL ABOUT
INFANTRY        	TA-NEH-NAL-DAHI             	INFANTRY
INFILTRATE      	YE-GHA-NE-JEH               	WENT THROUGH
INITIAL         	BEH-ED-DE-DLID              	BRAND
INSTALL         	EHD-TNAH                    	INSTALL
INSTALLATION    	NAS-NIL                     	IN PLACE
INSTRUCT        	NA-NE-TGIN                  	TEACH
INTELLIGENCE    	HO-YA (I)                   	SMART
INTENSE         	DZEEL                       	STRENGTH 
INTERCEPT       	YEL-NA-ME-JAH               	INTERCEPT
INTERFERE       	AH-NILH-KHLAI               	INTERFERE
INTERPRET       	AH-TAH-HA-NE                	INTERPRET
INVESTIGATE     	NA-ALI-KA                   	TRACK
INVOLVE         	A-TAH                       	INVOLVOE
IS              	SEIS                        		SEVEN
ISLAND          	SEIS-KEYAH                  	SEVEN ISLAND
ISOLATE         	BIH-TSA-NEL-KAD             	SEPERATE

JUNGLE          	WOH-DI-CHIL                 	JUNGLE

KILL            	NAZ-TSAID                   	KILL
KILOCYCLE       	NAS-TSAID-A-KHA-AH-YEH-     KILL OIL GO AROUND
                    HA-DILH

LABOR           	NA-NISH (L)                 	LABOR
LAND            	KAY-YAH                     	LAND
LAUNCH          	TKA-GHIL-ZHOD               	LAUNCH
LEADER          	AH-NA-GHAI                  	LEADER
LEAST           	DE-BE-YAZIE-HA-A-AH         	LAMB FEAST 
LEAVE           	DAH-DE-YAH                  	HE LEFT
LEFT            	NISH-CLA-JIH-GOH            	LEFT
LESS            	BI-OH (L)                   	LESS
LEVEL           	DIL-KONH                    	LEVEL
LIAISON         	DA-A-HE-GI-ENEH             	KNOW OTHER'S ACTION
LIMIT           	BA-HAS-AH                   	LIMIT
LITTER          	NI-DAS-TON (L)              	SCATTER
LOCATE          	A-KWE-EH                    	SPOT
LOSS            	UT-DIN                      	LOSS

MACHINE GUN     	A-KNAH-AS-DONIH             	RAPID FIRE GUN
MAGNETIC        	NA-E-LAHI                   	PICK UP
MANAGE          	HASTNI-BEH-NA-HAI           	MAN AGE
MANEUVER        	NA-NA-O-NALTH               	MOVING AROUND
MAP             	KAH-YA-NESH-CHAI            	MAP
MAXIMUM         	BEL-DIL-KHON                	FILL TO TOP
MECHANIC        	CHITI-A-NAYL-INIH           	AUTO REPAIRMAN
MECHANIZED      	CHIDI-DA-AH-HE-GONI         	FIGHTING CARS
MEDICAL         	A-ZAY                       	MEDICINE
MEGACYCLE       	MIL-AH-HEH-AH-DILH          	MILLION GO AROUND
MERCHANT SHIP   	NA-EL-NEHI-TSIN-NA-AILH     	MERCHANT SHIP
MESSAGE         	HANE-AL-NEH                 	MESSAGE
MILITARY        	SILAGO-KEH-GOH              	MILITARY
MILLIMETER      	NA-AS-TSO-SI-A-YE-DO-TISH   	DOUBLE MOUSE
MINE            	HA-GADE                     	MINE
MINIMUM         	BE-OH (M)                   	MINIMUM
MINUTE          	AH-KHAY-EL-KIT-YAZZIE       	LITTLE HOUR
MISSION         	AL-NESHODI                  	MISSION
MISTAKE         	O-ZHI                       		MISS
MOPPING         	HA-TAO-DI                   	MOPPING
MORE            	THLA-NA-NAH                 	MORE
MORTAR          	BE-AL-DOH-CID-DA-HI         	SITTING GUN
MOTION          	NA-HOT-NAH                  	MOTION
MOTOR           	CHIDE-BE-TSE-TSEN           	CAR HEAD

NATIVE          	KA-HA-TENI                  	NATIVE
NAVY            	TAL-KAH-SILAGO              	SEA SOLDIER
NECESSARY       	YE-NA-ZEHN                  	WANT
NEGATIVE        	DO-YA-SHO-DA                	NO GOOD
NET             	NA-NES-DIZI                 	NET
NEUTRAL         	DO-NEH-LINI                 	NEUTRAL
NORMAL          	DOH-A-TA-H-DAH              	NORMAL
NOT             	NI-DAH-THAN-ZIE             	NO TURKEY
NOTICE          	NE-DA-TAZI-THIN             	NO TURKEY ICE
NOW             	KUT                         		NOW
NUMBER          	BEH-BIH-KE-AS-CHINIGH       	WHAT'S WRITTEN

OBJECTIVE       	BI-NE-YEI                   	GOAL
OBSERVE         	HAL-ZID                     	OBSERVE
OBSTACLE        	DA-HO-DESH-ZHA              	OBSTACLE
OCCUPY          	YEEL-TSOD                   	TAKEN
OF              	TOH-NI-TKAL-LO              	OCEAN FISH
OFFENSIVE       	BIN-KIE-JINH-JIH-DEZ-JAY    	OFFENSIVE 
ONCE            	TA-LAI-DI                   	ONCE
ONLY            	TA-EI-TAY-A-YAH             	ONLY
OPERATE         	YE-NAHL-NISH                	WORK AT
OPPORTUNITY     	ASH-GA-ALIN                 	OPPORTUNITY
OPPOSITION     	NE-HE-TSAH-JIH-SHIN         	OPPOSITION 
OR              	EH-DO-DAH-GOH               	EITHER
ORANGE          	TCHIL-LHE-SOI               	ORANGE
ORDER           	BE-EH-HO-ZINI               	ORDER
ORDNANCE        	LEI-AZ-JAH                  	UNDER GROUND
ORIGINATE       	DAS-TEH-DO                  	BEGIN
OTHER           	LA-E-CIH                    	OTHER
OUT             	CLO-DIH                     	OUT SIDE
OVERLAY         	BE-KA-HAS-TSOZ              	OVERLAY

PARENTHESIS     	ATSANH                      	RIB
PARTICULAR      	A-YO-AD-DO-NEH              	PARTICULAR
PARTY           	DA-SHA-JAH                  	PARTY
PAY             	NA-ELI-YA                   	PAY
PENALIZE        	TAH-NI-DES-TANH             	SET BACK
PERCENT         	YAL                         		MONEY
PERIOD          	DA-AHL-ZHIN                 	PERIOD
PERIODIC        	DA-AL-ZHIN-THIN-MOASI       	PERIOD ICE CAT
PERMIT          	GOS-SHI-E                   	PERMIT
PERSONNEL       	DA-NE-LEI                   	MEMBER
PHOTOGRAPH      	BEH-CHI-MA-HAD-NIL          	PHOTOGRAPH 
PILL BOX        	BI-SO-DIH-DOT-SAHI-BI-TSAH  	SICK PIG BOX 
PINNED DOWN     	BIL-DAH-HAS-TANH-YA         	PINNED DOWN
PLANE           	TSIDI                       		BIRD 
PLASMA          	DIL-DI-GHILI                	PLASMA
POINT           	BE-SO-DE-DEZ-AHE            	PIG POINT
PONTOON         	TKOSH-JAH-DA-NA-ELT         	FLOATING BARREL
POSITION        	BILH-HAS-AHN                	POSITION
POSSIBLE        	TA-HA-AH-TAY                	POSSIBLE
POST            	SAH-DEI                     	POST
PREPARE         	HASH-TAY-HO-DIT-NE          	PREPARE
PRESENT         	KUT                         		PRESENT
PREVIOUS        	BIH-TSE-DIH                 	PREVIOUS
PRIMARY         	ALTSEH-NAN-DAY-HI-GIH       	1ST POSTION
PRIORITY        	HANE-PESODI                 	PRIORITY
PROBABLE        	DA-TSI                      	PROBABLE
PROBLEM         	NA-NISH-TSOH                	BIG JOB
PROCEED         	NAY-NIH-JIH                 	GO
PROGRESS        	NAH-SAI                     	PROGRESS
PROTECT         	AH-CHANH                    	SELF DEFENSE
PROVIDE         	YIS-NIL                     	PROVIDE
PURPLE          	DINL-CHI                    	PURPLE
PYROTECHNIC     	COH-NA-CHANH                	FANCY FIRE

QUESTION        	AH-JAH                      	EAR
QUICK           	SHIL-LOH                    	QUICK

RADAR           	ESAT-TSANH (R)              	LISTEN 
RAID            	DEZJAY                      	RAID 
RAILHEAD        	A-DE-GEH-HI                 	SHIPPING POINT
RAILROAD        	KONH-NA-AL-BANSI-BI-THIN    	RAILROAD 
RALLYING        	A-LAH-NA-O-GLALIH           	GATHERING 
RANGE           	AN-ZAH                      	DISTANCE
RATE            	GAH-EH-YAHN                 	RABBIT ATE
RATION          	NA-A-JAH                    	RATION
RAVINE          	CHUSH-KA (R)                	RAVINE
REACH           	IL-DAY (R)                  	REACH
READY           	KUT (R)                     	READY
REAR            	BE-KA-DENH (R)              	REAR
RECEIPT         	SHOZ-TEH                    	RECEIPT
RECOMMEND       	CHE-HO-TAI-TAHN            	RECOMMEND 
RECONNAISSANCE	HA-A-CIDI                   	INSPECTOR
RECONNOITER     	TA-HA-NE-AL-YA              	MAKE SURE
RECORD          	GAH-AH-NAH-KLOLI            	R-E-ROPE
RED             	LI-CHI                      		RED
REEF            	TSA-ZHIN                    	BLACK ROCK
REEMBARK        	EH-NA-COH                   	GO IN
REFIRE          	NA-NA-COH                   	REFIRE
REGULATE        	NA-YEL-N                    	REGULATE
REINFORCE       	NAL-DZIL                    	REINFORCE
RELIEF          	AGANH-TOL-JAY               	RELIEF
RELIEVE         	NAH-JIH-CO-NAL-YA           	REMOVE
REORGANIZE      	HA-DIT-ZAH                  	REORGANIZE
REPLACEMENT     	NI-NA-DO-NIL                	REPLACEMENT
REPORT          	WHO-NEH                     	GOT WORD
REPRESENTATIVE  	TKA-NAZ-NILI                	TRIPLE MEN 
REQUEST         	JO-KAYED-GOH                	ASK FOR
RESERVE         	HESH-J-E                    	RESERVE
RESTRICT        	BA-HO-CHINI                 	RESTRICT
RETIRE          	AH-HOS-TEEND                	RETIRE
RETREAT         	JI-DIN-NES-CHANH            	RETREAT
RETURN          	NA-DZAH                     	CAME BACK
REVEAL          	WHO-NEH (L)                 	REVEAL
REVERT          	NA-SI-YIZ                   	TURN ABOUT
REVETMENT       	BA-NAS-CLA (R)              	CORNER 
RIDGE           	GAH-GHIL-KEID               	RABBIT RIDGE
RIFLEMAN        	BE-AL-DO-HOSTEEN            	RIFLEMEN
RIVER           	TOH-YIL-KAL                 	MUCH WATER
ROBOT BOMB      	A-YE-SHI-NA-TAH-IH          	EGG FLY
ROCKET          	LESZ-YIL-BESHI              	SAND BOIL
ROLL            	YEH-MAS                     	ROLL
ROUND           	NAZ-PAS (R)                 	ROUND
ROUTE           	GAH-BIH-TKEEN               	RABBIT TRAIL
RUNNER          	NIH-DZID-TEIH               	RUNNER

SABOTAGE        	A-TKEL-YAH                  	HINDERED
SABOTEUR        	A-TKEL-EL-INI               	TROUBLE MAKER
SAILOR          	CHA-LE-GAI                  	WHITE CAPS
SALVAGE        	NA-HAS-GLAH                 	PICK THEM UP
SAT             	BIH-LA-SANA-CID-DA-HI       	APPLE SITTING
SCARLET, RED    	LHE-CHI (S & R)             	RED
SCHEDULE        	BEH-EH-HO-ZINI              	SCHEDULE
SCOUT           	HA-A-SID-AL-SIZI-GIH        	SHORT RACOON
SCREEN          	BESH-NA-NES-DIZI            	SCREEN
SEAMAN          	TKAL-KAH-DINEH-IH           	SEAMAN 
SECRET          	BAH-HAS-TKIH                	SECRET
SECTOR          	YOEHI (S)                   	SECTOR
SECURE          	YE-DZHE-AL-TSISI            	SMALL SECURITY
SEIZE           	YEEL-STOD                   	SEIZE
SELECT          	BE-TAH-HAS-GLA              	TOOK OUT
SEMI COLON      	DA-AHL-ZHIN-BI-TSA-NA-DAHL  DOT DROP 
SET             	DZEH-CID-DA-HI              	ELK SITTING
SHACKLE         	DI-BAH-NESH-GOHZ            	SHACKLE
SHELL           	BE-AL-DOH-BE-CA             	SHELL 
SHORE           	TAH-BAHN (S)                	SHORE
SHORT           	BOSH-KEESH                  	SHORT
SIDE            	BOSH-KEESH                  	SIDE
SIGHT           	YE-EL-TSANH                 	SEEN
SIGNAL          	NA-EH-EH-GISH               	BY SIGNS
SIMPLEX         	ALAH-IH-NE-TIH              	INNER WIRE
SIT             	TKIN-CID-DA-HI              	ICE SITTING 
SITUATE         	A-HO-TAY                    	SITUATE
SMOKE           	LIT                         		SMOKE
SNIPER          	OH-BEHI                     	PICK 'EM OFF
SPACE           	BE-TKAH                     	BETWEEN
SPECIAL         	E-YIH-SIH                   	MAIN THING
SPEED           	YO-ZONS                     	SWIFT MOTION
SPORADIC        	AH-NA-HO-NEIL               	NOW AND THEN
SPOTTER         	EEL-TSAY-I                  	SPOTTER 
SPRAY           	KLESH-SO-DILZIN             	SNAKE PRAY 
SQUADRON        	NAH-GHIZI                   	SQUASH
STORM           	NE-OL                       	STORM
STRAFF          	NA-WO-GHI-GOID              	HOE
STRAGGLER       	CHY-NE-DE-DAHE              	STRAGGLER
STRATEGY        	NA-HA-TAH (S)               	STRATEGY
STREAM         	TOH-NI-LIH                  	RUNNING WATER
STRENGTH        	DZHEL                       	STRENGTH
STRETCH         	DESZ-TSOOD                  	STRETCH
STRIKE          	NAY-DAL-GHAL                	STRIKE
STRIP           	HA-TIH-JAH                  	STRIP
STUBBORN        	NIL-TA                      		STUBBORN
SUBJECT         	NA-NISH-YAZZIE              	SMALL JOB
SUBMERGE        	TKAL-CLA-YI-YAH             	WENT UNDER WATER
SUBMIT          	A-NIH-LEH                   	SEND
SUBORDINATE     	AL-KHI-NAL-DZL              	HELPING EACH OTHER
SUCCEED         	YAH-TAY-GO-E-ELAH           	MAKE GOOD
SUCCESS         	UT-ZAH                      	IT IS DONE
SUCCESSFUL      	UT-ZAH-HA-DEZ-BIN           	IT IS DONE WELL
SUCCESSIVE      	UT-ZAH-SID                  	SUCCESS SCAR
SUCH            	YIS-CLEH                    	SOX
SUFFER          	TO-HO-NE                    	SUFFER
SUMMARY         	SHIN-GO-BAH                 	SUMMER MARY
SUPPLEMENTARY   TKA-GO-NE-NAN-DEY-HE        	3RD POSITION
SUPPLY          	NAL-YEH-HI                  	SUPPLY
SUPPLY SHIP     	NALGA-HI-TSIN-NAH-AILH      	SUPPLY SHIP
SUPPORT         	BA-AH-HOT-GLI               	DEPEND
SURRENDER       	NE-NA-CHA                   	SURRENDER
SURROUND        	NAZ-PAS (S)                 	SURROUND
SURVIVE         	YIS-DA-YA                   	SURVIVE
SYSTEM       	DI-BA-TSA-AS-ZHI-BI-TSIN       	SYSTEM

TACTICAL        	E-CHIHN                     	TACTICAL
TAKE            	GAH-TAHN                    	TAKE
TANK            	CHAY-DA-GAHI                	TORTOISE
TANK DESTROYER  CHAY-DA-GAHI-NAIL-TSAIDI    	TORTOISE KILLER
TARGET          	WOL-DONI                    	TARGET
TASK            	TAZI-NA-EH-DIL-KID          	TURKEY ASK
TEAM            	DEH-NA-AS-TSO-SI            	TEA MOUSE
TERRACE         	ALI-KHI-HO-NE-OHA (T)       	TERRACE
TERRAIN         	TASHI-NA-HAL-THIN           	TURKEY RAIN
TERRITORY       	KA-YAH (T)                  	TERRITORY
THAT            	TAZI-CHA                    	TURKEY HAT
THE             	CHA-GEE                     	BLUE-JAY
THEIR           	BIH                         		THEIR
THEREAFTER      	TA-ZI-KWA-I-BE-KA-DI        	TURKEY HERE AFTER
THESE           	CHA-GI-O-EH                 	THE SEE
THEY            	CHA-GEE (Y)                 	THEY
THIS            	DI                          		THE
TOGETHER        	TA-BILH                     	TOGETHER
TORPEDO         	LO-BE-CA                    	FISH SHELL
TOTAL           	TA-AL-SO                    	TOTAL
TRACER          	BEH-NA-AL-KAH-HI            	TRACER
TRAFFIC DIAGRAM 	HANE-BA-NA-AS-DZOH          	DIAGRAM STORY LINE
TRAIN           	COH-NAI-ALI-BAHN-SI         	TRAIN
TRANSPORTATION  	A-HAH-DA-A-CHA              	TRANSPORTATION
TRENCH         	E-GADE                      	TRENCH
TRIPLE          	TKA-IH                      	TRIPLE
TROOP           	NAL-DEH-HI                  	TROOP
TRUCK           	CHIDO-TSO                   	BIG AUTO
TYPE            	ALTH-AH-A-TEH               	TYPE

UNDER           	BI-YAH                      	UNDER 
UNIDENTIFIED    	DO-BAY-HOSEN-E              	UNIDENTIFIED
UNIT            	DA-AZ-JAH (U)               	UNIT 
UNSHACKLE       	NO-DA-EH-NESH-GOHZ          	UNSHACKLE
UNTIL           	UH-QUO-HO                   	UNTIL

VICINITY        	NA-HOS-AH-GIH               	THERE ABOUT
VILLAGE         	CHAH-HO-OH-LHAN-IH          	MANY SHELTER
VISIBILITY      	NAY-ES-TEE                  	VISIBILITY
VITAL           	TA-EH-YE-SY                 	VITAL

WARNING         	BILH-HE-NEH (W)             	WARNING
WAS             	NE-TEH                      	WAS
WATER           	TKOH                        	WATER
WAVE            	YILH-KOLH                   	WAVE
WEAPON          	BEH-DAH-A-HI-JIH-GANI       	FIGHTING WEAPON
WELL            	TO-HA-HA-DLAY               	WELL
WHEN            	GLOE-EH-NA-AH-WO-HAI        	WEASEL HEN
WHERE           	GLOE-IH-QUI-AH              	WEASEL HERE
WHICH           	GLOE-IH-A-HSI-TLON          	WEASEL TIED TOGETHER
WILL            	GLOE-IH-DOT-SAHI            	SICK WEASEL
WIRE            	BESH-TSOSIE                 	SMALL WIRE
WITH            	BILH (W)                    	WITH
WITHIN          	BILH-BIGIH                  	WITH IN
WITHOUT         	TA-GAID                     	WITHOUT
WOOD            	CHIZ                        		FIRE WOOD
WOUND           	CAH-DA-KHI                  	WOUND

YARD            	A-DEL-TAHL                  	YARD

ZONE            	BIH-NA-HAS-DZOH             	ZONE



THE MARINE HYMN

Jimmy King, a Navajo instructor, translated the Marine Hymn into Navajo:

We have conquered our enemies   	Nin hokeh bi-kheh a-na-ih-la
All over the world              		Ta-al-tso-go na-he-seel-kai
On land and on sea              		Nih-bi-kah-gi do tah kah-gi
Everywhere we fight             		Ta-al-tso-go en-da-de-pah
True and loyal to our duty      		Tsi-di-da-an-ne ne-tay-yah
We are know by that             		Ay be nihe hozeen
United States Marines           		Washindon be Akalh Bi-kosi-la
To be one is a great thing.     		Ji-lengo ba-hozhon

Our flag waves                  		Ni-he da-na-ah-taj ihla
From dawn to setting sun.       		Yel khol-go e-e-ah
We have fought every place      		Day-ne tal-al-tso go enta-she-jah
where we could take a gun       		Tal-tso-go entas-se-pah
From northern lands             		Ha-kaz dineh-ih be-hay-jah
To southern tropic scenes,      		Ado ta aokhek-ash-shen
We are known to be tireless     		Do ni-din-da-hi ol-yeh
The United States Marines       		Washindon be Akalh-bi Khos


... THE LAST VERSE IS SUNG LIKE A PRAYER ...


May we live in peace hereafter    		Hozo-go nay-yeltay to
We have conquered all our foes,   	A-na-oh bi-keh de-dlihn
No force in the world we cannot   	Ni-hi-keh di-dlini ta-etin
conquer,
We know of no fear                		Yeh-wol-ye hi-he a-din
If the Army and the Navy          		Sila-go-tsoi do chah-lakai
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,     	Ya-ansh-go das dez e e
United States Marines will be     		Washindon be Akalh-bi Kosi la
there Living in peace.            		Hozo-g-kay-ha-tehn


3 November 1999

Credits: Prepared for the United States Department of Defense by CEHIP Incorporated, Washington, DC, in partnership with Native American advisors, Rodger Bucholz, William Fields, Ursula P. Roach. Washington: Department of Defense, 1996.) http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq61-1.htm  Department of the Navy, Naval Historical Center, 805 Kidder Beese SE, Washington, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. 20374-5060

 

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