Native American App for Language

By Jamie K Oxendine on February 23, 2012
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Native American Language App at iTunes

By: Jamie K. Oxendine, Editor Powwows.com

Just released for all those interested in Native American Languages is a brand new APP from Native American Public Telecommunications Inc. titled easily enough Native Language App.”

The App was released on January 20, 2012 and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and other iPad devices.  The App is free and can be obtained via the iTunes Store.

At present there are only 4 Native American Languages in the Application and they include: Dine (Navajo), Lakota, Creek (Mvskoke) and Ponca with other languages to come.

According to Native American Public Telecommunications Inc., (NAPT) the App is simple and easy to use and is a fun way to learn “Native words from across Indian Country.”  The App does this by using large colorful images of animals to make the APP fun and interesting and to hopefully engage young minds.  Native words are spoken by those that know the language or have taught the language to others.  The APP uses printed words in both English and the Native language to help with both spelling and or pronunciation.  NAPT claims the APP has very easy to use navigation that is simple for all adults and even children to access.

So far the reviews are mixed as this is a new APP and like most new APPs there are some “quirks” that may need to be iron out.  Most negative reviews are that the spoken words are not very well spoken as reported by some users.  It would seem that the main complaint is pronunciations of words on the APP are incorrect.

NAPT comments on this that as with any language there are many different dialects and thus no one person’s voice will truly covey all the various dialects and nuances of just one spoken language.

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But most reviews are positive because this is a wonderful thing to promote Native American Culture and support Native American Languages.

NAPT hopes to open this APP to many other Tribes to greatly expand it but first they want to see how the APP is received and how well it will be funded.


TOPICS: Featured, Native American Articles, News

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6 Responses to “Native American App for Language”

  1. LMH says:

    This is great! But I don’t use “smartphones” and can’t “get an app for that”. My iPod is nano, as well. I wish I could use it and give feedback. I would love to see more added, particularly NW Coast Indian languages like Haida. This is a great idea!!

    LM

  2. walks in beauty says:

    I am amazed that such a great app would not be more acsessable.there are so many people both native and non native who want to bridge the gap..please hurry and add all native languages and make it work on all devices I want my grand children to learn all you can offer.

  3. John Patel says:

    This is great and love the efforts. Checkout the Navajo Toddler and Lakota Toddler in the app store. Those apps are so fun and engaging. I’ve been following the company and the innovation that the company is working on is overwhelming.

  4. JOSEPH EVE, Certified Public Accountants says:

    How well does the app work? Looks awesome though!

  5. Isb says:

    This will be great! Cherokee would be much appreciated!

  6. Wanda Castleberry says:

    O.K. I am old as dirt and that being 73 years old. I guess by now you are asking yourself, why in the world would some one my age want to learn a new language? Can you tell me how and where I can get started? Thank you

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