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Endangered Native American Languages using Games to Teach

New Language Game Teaching Youth to Speak Nakota

The Nakota language is one endangered Native American language that is making a comeback in local Saskatchewan schools this year.  The Nakota Language App is teaching young people to speak and use Nakota words and phrases for everyday items.  “This game uses everyday objects and phrases to teach Nakota children how to identify objects in Nakota. it’s (Nakota Language App) a really fun way to learn the language” – Darrick Baxter.

The App was created by Ogoki Learning Inc., an indigenous company from Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation with an office in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Ogoki Learning has created or helped with over 120 iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows desktop apps over the past 3 years. Their creations have been regularly featured on the front page of Apple iTunes Canada for the past year with 9 Apps featured in 2017 alone.

Nakota is an Endangered Language

With only a hand full of Nakota language speakers left in Canada – it was difficult to create an app of this magnitude.  It was important that we created an app that used “everyday words” that children use every day.  The building blocks of any Native language is basic words and phrases that are commonly used in everyday vocabulary.  The leaner is able to build their vocabulary from a  core set and basic understanding to a more knowledgeable and insightful command of the Nakota Language.

The Nakota app is teaching a core set of words and phrases. Download the iPhone/iPad version of the Nakota Language App Today!

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