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.
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.