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Original Navajo Code

The following is a list of 263 terms created by the first 32 Navajos enrolled in the Marine Corps Communication School located at Camp Elliott.

Alphabet

Alphabet Navajo Meaning
A Wol-la-chee Ant
B Shush Bear
C Moasi Cat
D Be Deer
E Dzeh Elk
F Ma-e Fox
G Klizzie Goat
H Lin Horse
I Tkin Ice
J Tkele-cho-gi Jackass
K Klizzie-yazzie Kid
L Dibeh-yazzie Lamb
M Na-as-tso-si Mouse
N Nesh-chee Nut
O Ne-ahs-jah Owl
P Bi-sodih Pig
Q Ca-yeilth Quiver
R Gah Rabbit
S Dibeh Sheep
T Than-zie Turkey
U No-da-ih Ute
V A-keh-di-glini Victor
W Gloe-ih Weasel
X Al-an-as-dzoh Cross
Y Tsah-as-zih Yucca
Z Besh-do-gliz Zinc

Military Designations

Word Navajo Literal
Translation
Corps Din-neh-ih Clan
Division Ashi-hi Salt
Regiment Tabaha Edge-water
Battalion Tacheene Red Soil
Company Nakia Mexican
Platoon Has-clish-nih Mud
Section Yo-ih Beads
Squad Dibeh-li-zini Black Sheep

Communications

Word Navajo Literal
Translation
Telephone Besh-hal-ne-ih Telephone
Switchboard Ya-ih-e-tih-ih Central
Wire Besh-le-chee-ih Copper
Telegraph Besh-le-chee-ih Be-hane-ih Communication By Copper Wire
Semaphore Dah-ha-a-tah-ih Be-hane-ih Flag Signals
Blinker Coh-nil-kol-lih Fire Blinder
Radio Nil-chi-hal-ne-ih Radio
Panels Az-kad-be-ha-ne-ih Carpet Signals

Officers

Word Navajo Literal
Translation
Brigadier General So-a-la-ih One Star
Major General So-na-kih Two Stars
Colonel Astah-besh-le-gai Silver Eagle
Lt. Colonel Che-chil-be-tah-besh-le-gai Silver Oak Leaf
Major Che-chil-be-tah-ola Gold Oak Leaf
Captain Besh-le-gai-nah-kih Two Silver Bars
1st Lieutenant Besh-le-gai-a-lah-ih One Silver Bar
2nd Lieutenant Ola-alah-ih-ni-ahi One Gold Bar

Airplanes

Word Navajo Literal
Translation
Airplanes Wo-tah-de-ne-ih Air Corps
Dive Bomber Gini Chicken Hawk
Torpedo Plane Tas-chizzie Swallow
Observation Plane Ne-as-jah Owl
Fighter Plane Da-he-tih-hi Hummingbird
Bomber Jay-sho Buzzard
Patrol Plane Ga-gih Crow
Transport Plane Astah Eagle

Ships

Word Navajo Literal
Translation
Ships Toh-dineh-ih Water Clan Fleet
Battleship Lo-tso Whale
Aircraft Carrier Tsidi-ney-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

Months

Word Navajo Literal
Translation
January Yas-nil-tes Crusted Snow
February Astah-be-yaz Small Eagle
March Woz-cheind Squeaky Voice
April Tsha-chill Small Plant
May Tah-tso Big 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 Ghan-jih Half
October Nil-chi-tsosie Small Wind
November Nil-chi-tso Big Wind
December Kesh-mesh Christmas

Countries

Word Navajo Literal
Translation
Africa Zhin-ni Blackies
Alaska Beh-hga With Winter
America Ne-he-mah Our Mother
Australia Cha-yes-desi Rolled Hat
Britain Toh-ta Bounded By Water
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-tsoisi Slant Eyed
Philippines Keyah-da-na-ilhe Floating Land
Russia Sila-goche-ih Red Army
South America Sha-de-ah-ne-mah South Our Mother
Spain Debeh-de-nih Sheep/Pain

General Vocabulary

Word Navajo Literal
Translation
Action Ah-ha-tinh Action
Advance Nas-say Ahead
Airdrome Nilchi-began Air House
Alert Ha-ih-des-ee Watchful
Allies Nih-hi-cho Our Friends
Along Wol-la-chee-snez Long Ant
Also Eh-do Also
Alternate Na-kee-go-ne-nan-dey-he Second Position
Amphibious Chal Frog
And Do And
Annex Ih-nay-tani Addition
Approach Bi-chi-ol-dah Moving To
Are Gah-tso Large Rabbit
Armored Besh-ye-ha-da-di-teh Iron Protected
Arrive Il-day Came
Army Lei-cha-ih-yil-knee-hi Dog Faces
Artillery Be-al-doh-tso-lani Many Big Guns
As Ache Ace
Assault Altseh-e-jah-he First Strike
Attached A-hid-day-tih Attached
Available Ta-shoz-teh-ih Available
Battery Bih-be-al-doh-tka-ih Three Guns
Base Bih-tsee-dih Foundation
Be Tses-nah Bee
Been Tse-nah-nesh-chee Bee/Nut
Before Bih-tse-dih Prior
Begin Ha-hol-ziz Start
Belong Tse-nah-snez Long Bee
Block Da-dey-than Block
Bombs A-ye-shi Eggs
By Be-gah By
Camp To-alsteh-hogan Temporary House
Camouflage Di-nesh-ih Hide
Can Yah-di-zini Can
Cannoneer Be-al-doh-tso-dey-dil-don-igi Big Gun Operator
Capacity Be-nel-ah Capacity
Capitol Tkah-chae Sweat House
Captured Yis-nah Captured
Casualty Bih-din-ne-day Out Of Action
Class Alth-a-a-teh Class
Coast Guard Ta-bas-dsissi Shore Runner
Code Yil-tas Peck
Column Alth-kay-ni-zih Column
Combat Da-ah-jih-gahn Fighting
Combination Al-tkas-ei Mixed
Commander Bih-keh-he Senior
Commanding Officer Hash-kay-gi-na-tah War Chief
Concentrate Ta-la-hi-jih One Place
Confidential Na-nil-in Keep Secret
Conquered A-keh-des-dlin Won
Convoy Tkal-kah-o-nei Move On Water
Counter-attack Woltah-al-ki-gi-jeh Counter-act
Creek Toh-nil-tsanh Little Water
Debouchment Dzilth-gahn-ih Apache
Defense Ah-kin-gil-toh Defend
Department Hogan Central House
Dispositions A-ho-tay Disposition
Displace Hih-do-nal Move
Do Tse-le Small Pup
Echelon Who-dzoh Line
Engineer Day-dil-jah-hi Fire Builder
Enlist Bih-zih-a-da-yi-lah Signature
Escape A-zeh-ha-ge-yah Escape
Establish Has-tay-dzah Set Up
Estimate Bih-ke-tse-shod-des-kez Guess
Execute A-do-nil Will Happen
Fail Cha-al-cind Fail
Field Clo-dih Outside
Fire Coh Fire
Flank Dah-di-kad Side
Flare Wo-chi Light Streak
Grenades Ni-ma-si Potatoes
Guard Ni-dih-da-hi Guard
Have Jo Have
Headquarters Na-ha-tah-ba-hogan Main House
Hospital A-zey-al-hi Place Of Medicine
Install Ehd-thah Put In
Invade A-tah-gi-nah Move Into
Is Seis Seven
Island Seis-keyah Seven Land
Left Nish-cla-jih Left
Location A-kew-eh Spot
Machine Gun A-knah-as-dinih Rapid Fire Gun
Magnetic Na-e-lahi Pick Up Iron
Maneuver Na-na-o-nalth Move Around
Manufacture Besh-be-eh-el-ih-dih Metal Factory
Mechanic Chiti-a-nayl-inih Car Repairman
Message Hane-al-neh Message
Military Sila-go-keh-goh Soldiers
Mine Ha-gade Mine
Mortar Be-al-doh-cid-da-hi Sitting Gun
Navy Tal-kah-sila-go Sea Soldiers
Not Ni-dah-than-zie No/Turkey
Objective Bi-ne-yei Goal
Observed Hal-zid Seen
Occurred Yeel-tsod Taken
Of Toh-ni-tkal-lo Ocean Fish
Or Eh-dodah-goh Either
Order Be-eh-ho-zini Direct
Ordinance Lei-az-iah Underground
Overlay Be-ka-has-tsoz Over Lap
Parenthesis Astanh Rib
Penalize Tah-ni-des-tanh Set Back
Primary Altseh-nan-day-hi-gih 1st Position
Proceed Nay-nih-jih Go
Protect Ah-chanh Self Defense
Railhead A-do-geh-hi Shipping & Receiving Point
Rally A-lah-na-o-glalth Gathering
Range An-zeh Distance
Reached Baz-ni-tsood Reached
Reconnaissance Ha-a-cidi Inspector
Reinforce Nal-dzil Reinforce
Relieved Nah-jih-co-nal-ya Remove
Replacement Ni-na-do-nil Replacement
Report Who-neh Got Words
Representative Tka-naz-nili Triple Men
Request Jo-kayed-goh Ask For
Retreat Ji-din-ned-chanh Move Back
River Toh-yil-kal Much Water
Route Gah-bih-tkeen Rabbit Trail
Runner Nih-dzid-teih Runner
Sabotage A-tkel-yah Hinder
Saboteur A-tkel-el-ini Troublemaker
Sailors Cha-le-gai White Caps
Seamen Tkal-kah-dineh-ih Seamen
Secret Bah-has-tkin Secret
Side Bosh-keesh Side
Signal Na-eh-eh-gish By Sign
Shell Be-al-doh-be-ca Shell
Short Be-oh Short
Space Be-tkah Between
Stream Toh-ni-lin Running Water
Submerged Tkal-cla-yi-yah Under Water
Submit A-nih-leh Send
Such Yis-cleh Socks
Supplementary Tka-go-ne-nan-dey-he 3rd Position
Supply Nal-yeh-hi Supplyu
Territory Ke-yah Land
That Than-zie-cha Turkey Hat
The Cha-gee Blue Jay
There Bih There
They Ni-ghai They
Together Ta-bil With
Torpedo Lobe-ca Fish Shell
Tracer Beh-na-al-kah-hi Track
Traffic Diagram Hane-ba-na-as-dzoh Story Line
Troops Nal-deh-hi Troops
Unit Da-az-jah Bunch
Vicinity Na-hos-ah-gih There About
Was Ne-teh Was
Weapons Beh-dah-a-hi-jah-geni Weapons
Zone Bah-na-has-dzoh Area

Punctuation

Word Navajo Literal
Translation
Colon : Naki-alh-deh-da-al Two Spots
Comma , Tsa-na-dahl Tail
Dash - Us-dzoh Dash
Parenthesis () Astsanh Rib
Period . Da-ahl-zin Black Spot
Question ? Ah-jah Ear
Semi Colon ; Da-ahl-zhin Bi-tsa Na-dahl Spot Tail

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