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Navajo Setup – Learning With Text

April 26, 2012

Learning with Text in Navajo

4/2020  Learning With Text is no longer available via this simple setup. There are comparable alternatives but I’m unsure if they will support Navajo language study. 
Now that I’ve introduced everyone to Learning With Text, I thought I would provide a quick set-up tutorial in case you want to get started.

Step 1:
Go to  and register a username and password.

The only way to setup Learning with Text is to follow the instructions on Sourceforge.
If you want the program on your computer; go to for Windows or for Mac.

Step 2:
Log into Go to with your new username and password.
After you setup and install the program you should come to a page that looks like this:

Step 3:
on My Languages.
Then click
on New Language

Step 4:
You’ll see 12 fields.

Copy and paste the following text into those fields.

Language: Navajo (I put Diné Bizaad)

Dictionary 1 URI: 
no good alternative known to be available

Dictionary 2 URI:

Google Translate URI: [leave empty]

Text Size: 150%

Character Substitutions: [leave empty]

RegExp Split Sentences: *   (note: type in an asterisks)

Exceptions Split Sentences: [leave empty]

RegExp Word Characters: a-zA-ZÀ-ÖØ-öø-ȳáąą́éęę́íįį́óǫǫ́’’

Make each character a word: NO

Remove spaces: NO

Right-to-left script: NO

Step 5:
Click Save and you should come to a page like this:

Now you’re all set up.

Step 6: Start adding text and start reading.

From the drop-down Menu, select Texts.

Step 7: Click on New Text (at the top)

Step 8: From here, Copy and Paste, or type in, your text into the Text field. When you are done Click Save and Open

If you are really eager to start you can open another window, go to my requests and copy and paste a Navajo story from there. There is more text available to read via Diné College Multimedia or UNM Digital Library, but you will have to type out everything.

Step 9: Enjoy. Let me know if you have any questions.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 3, 2012 4:08 pm

    Ok, I got as far as this. : ) But, when I copy and pasted a story, it still comes out “jumbled”. I downloaded on, the Times New Roman in Navajo font, but it still comes out “jumbled” when I paste it on LWT. Help!

    • June 3, 2012 5:28 pm

      Where is the story you are using coming from? If it was originally jumbled, it’ll stay jumbled. If it was typed using the Navajo keyboard it should be fine. There is only one other thing I think would change it. If you are using Firefox, go to the Menu>Options>Options>Content> then under Font & Colors> Advanced> and check the box that says “Allow pages to chose their own font, instead of ..”

      Don’t change any of the fonts at the top, just see if that fixes the problem. Let me know what happens.

      If by chance the problem is that you need to convert the text from a Navajo font to as if it were typed by the Navajo keyboard…I’ve started a blog entry on how to convert the text manually without having much trouble. I guess no better time than today to finish it.

    • June 3, 2012 7:10 pm

      I just published a post on converting the jumbled letters to the actual diacritical marks.

      Let me know how everything goes. Learning With Text is a wonderful program, so I hope you get to use it without any issues.

  2. kelly permalink
    July 2, 2012 1:09 am

    i was just wondering this program has spanish and navajo, but what other languages does it have?

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