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A Software Program for the Navajo Language

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A new resource is being developed that could be useful for schools with bilingual programs in Navajo and English—the first software system to teach the Navajo language. The software will be owned by the Cornville, Ariz.-based organization, Navajo Language Renaissance, and is being created with assistance from Rosetta Stone, a Harrisonburg, Va.-based company, according to a Jan. 6 Associated Press article.

A Dec. 6 Navajo Times article gives additional details, such as that the project is endorsed by the Navajo Nation Board of Education. I wrote about a bilingual Navajo-English school on the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Ariz., last school year, where teachers created some of their own materials to teach Navajo.

Rosetta Stone has already completed basic language software programs for Mohawk, Alaskan Inupiac, and Labrador, an Eskimo language, under its endangered languages program, which it launched in 2004, the Associated Press article says.

While teachers can translate books from English to Navajo or create posters in Navajo, I haven't heard of any who have the time and money to create something as complicated as a language software program. That takes collaboration, and it's good news that some experts have come together to produce materials for less commonly taught languages.

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www.gomyson.com, still woking on it and have a PC software developed, by real navajo's

Sooooooo happy that you're working with out language. Been trying of ways to teach my kids our native tongue, Navaho. Perhaps now I may have a prayer. My kids would love to learn but i'm not a good teacher in areas of language. Their father is anglo and cannot understand Navajo, so natually we all speak the common language, English.


My Fianc'e is Navajo and I'm determined to learn and speak the language. She tries to teach at times, but it's a very complicated process. I attend many pow wows and all of her family members speak Navajo. Pease Help.

Terrance

As a bilagaana, I find Navajo to be a fascinating and beautiful language; I study it daily, and at age 70 I find it to be a wonderful 'tonic' to keeping my mind alive. I only wish I had someone that I could speak and write it with. I hope this language and culture can be kept alive both by its native people, the Dine', but also by interested people of all races and cultures. Ha'goo'nee'

need to learn navajo for job on reservation any suggestions

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