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Here is some text online that anyone can read or use to study.  The Books with Previews section are selections I found on Google that have scanned previews of the book. The whole book isn’t available online, but I would strongly encourage that you purchase the book if you are using it extensively.  Enjoy.


UNM Digital Library
About 60 different Navajo Language Readers available for download.

Dine College Multimedia Library
Adobe Flash is no longer available, Download Ruffle by using the following site to get Flash-like capability again.
Audio, text, pictures, and glossaries available throughout 7 different reading levels.

Navajo Wikiibíídiiya
I found out there is a Navajo Wikipedia page!! And there is tons of content. Well, it looks like a lot. Go check it out.

Talk in Navajo
Website with Navajo phrases

Countryboy79’s Navajo Site
Navajo translations of English text, some with audio

Digitized Adahooniligii Newspaper
University of Arizona is digitizing the Adahooniligii Newspaper that was published between 1943-1957. Select the link at the bottom of the list. Read more on Adahooniligii on Wikipedia.

eBOOKS–Available online

The Navaho Language
The elements of Navaho grammar with a dictionary in two parts containing basic vocabularies of Navaho and English.

Dine Bizad – Navajo, his language: a handbook for beginners in the study of the Navaho language(1910)
Conjugated verbs, with index.

Navajo Grammar by Gladys A.Reichard

Learning Navaho, by Berard HaileVol1 & 2

A Vocabulary of Colloquial Navaho by Robert W. Young

A Stem Vocabulary of the Navaho Language

A Vocabulary of the Navaho Language
Volumes 1-2, by Franciscans, St. Micheals, Arizona

Talking Navajo Before You Know It
Navajo Phrase book

Navajo Rosaries Prayers
Text in Navajo available to read

Reading in Navajo booklet
Quick guide to read in Navajo

Navajo Linguistics Archive Project–Ken Hale Archive
Collection of materials that Professor Ken Hale bequeathed to the Navajo Language Academy, Inc.  Includes the following and more…

-Situational Navajo [part a] [part b] [part c] [part d]
-Interactional Navajo [part a] [part b] [part c]
-Meta-Navajo [download]
-Instructional Navajo-Math [download]

Navajo Linguistics by Ken Hale (MIT Unpublished manuscript)
-Part I [part a] [part b]
-Part II [part a] [part b]
-Part III [download]
-Part IV [download]

An Introduction to the Sound System of Navajo by Ken Hale and Lorraine Honie (MIT Unpublished manuscript)  [part a] [part b]

Materials for “Structure of Navajo” prepared by K. Hale, E. Tsosie Perkins, R. Demers, and D. Shank; course offered at the University of Arizona, 1977. [download]

Our Community, Today and Yesterday
A bilingual social studies textbook book.

An Ethnological Dictionary of the Navaho Language (1910)
Dictionary developed by Franciscan Fathers in St. Micheals, Arizona.
Another scanned copy available here.

A key to the Navaho orthography employed by the Franciscan fathers. The numerals “two” and “three” in certain Indian languages of the Southwest (1911)
A follow-up resource to the Ethnological Dictionary

God Bizaad
Selections from the Old and New Testament

Mozes bi naltsos alsedihigi Godesziz holyehigi inda yistainilli ba Hani Mark naltsos ye yiki-iscinigi (1910)
Parts of Genesis and Mark of the Bible

Navaho myths, prayers and songs (1907)
Navajo and English translation of some myths, prayers and songs.

The Flag of My Country. Shikéyah Bidah Na’at’a’í by Cecil S. King
Short bilingual story.


The Navajo verb: a grammar for students and scholars By Leonard M. Faltz
Highly recommended. Author starts small and builds up to the complexities of Navajo verbs.

The Navajo verb system: an overview By Robert W. Young

Navajo/English dictionary of verbs By Alyse Neundorf

A Navajo/English bilingual dictionary: áłchíní bi naaltsoostsoh By Alyse Neundorf

Athabaskan language studies: essays in honor of Robert W. Young By Eloise Jelinek

Non-digital Books for Purchase
Check the list above if it is available digitally first.

Salina Catalog of varying Navajo text, children’s books, workbooks, textbooks
San Juan District Navajo Curriculum Catalog of different media available for purchase
Dine Bizaad: Speak, Read, Write Navajo by I.W. Goossen
The Navajo Verb: A Grammar for Students and Scholars by L.M. Faltz
Dine Bizaad Binahoo’aah: Rediscovering the Navajo Language by E.P-Yazzie/M. Speas
The Navajo Verb System: An Overview (English and Spanish Edition) by R.W. Young
The Navaho language;: The elements of Navaho… by R.W. Young
Learn Along with Ashkii Third Grade Level 1 – by J. Ruffenach and P. Thomas
Navajo Dictionaries for Purchase
A few of these could be out-of-print, but possibly could be found elsewhere but at a cost.
Check the above section for full-text books that are in the public domain or partial text books that are available for online preview.

Webster’s Navajo – English Thesaurus Dictionary by Philip M. Parker (2008)
Navajo/English Dictionary of Verbs(2006)
9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 4, 2011 1:02 am

    A bilingual children’s book, Little Herder in Winter (a giant PDF).

  2. Jean Davis permalink
    July 26, 2011 9:39 am

    Sounds interesting. A good way to learn to read and write for those of us who already know how to speak it fluently.

  3. Kana permalink
    October 19, 2011 6:55 pm

    Thank u so much 4 providing these, now I can learn at work, and I realized there r some phrases that will b very useful n the tb area on the Navajo phrases book! :) yay! Ur awesome =D

  4. November 17, 2013 9:39 am

    I thank you,Thank you Google, I’ll send you material on ethnic groups,ethnic cultures,ethnic communities living in Pakistan n certainly add n help Google for sharing it..I’m teaching this subject therefore, I wanted to have some new material on it.I love to Know Navajo language.thanks..

  5. March 8, 2014 5:04 pm

    Native child has just republished: Navajo Historical Selections: Selected, edited and translated from the Navajo by Young and Morgan (originally published in 1954) The selected articles were published in Navajo in a monthly newspaper: Ádahooníłígíí. I came across your planned project, transcribing all articles of this original newspaper. Any progress? Would be interesting to see more articles. Here’s the amazon page for the republished book:

    • March 8, 2014 11:54 pm

      Wow. Thank you for letting me know about this. I ordered it immediately. I am still working on the project, I’ve had so many other things to take care of recently. Email me if you would like to know more

  6. January 30, 2018 4:10 pm

    Hello , I am very interested in showing kids or adults ways to learn Navajo on Computers. I lack materials.

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