How do you spell Uncle in Navajo?
hadá'í (male speaker)
hayáázh (female speaker)
Mother's sister's husband and father's sister's husband: haadaaní
In Navajo, family terms like this must be in a possessive form. To say my uncle take away the ha and add "shi". To say your uncle add "ni". His/her/it's uncle "bi".
Our or your uncle add "nihi"
There are more but I will keep it simpler.
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