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Brian Wilkes in
Marion, Kentucky, USA
(a little town on the Trail of Tears)
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would study and speak and teach the Cherokee language
was teaching in my area
didn't conflict with my work schedule
had more time
could actually hear the language spoken."
My name is Riccaree Vaughan, and I'm a student pf
Brian Wilkes' "Speak Cherokee" langauge
program that's currently being offered online. This
program is great, and the audio files are extremely
helpful to those of use who do not have the opportunity
to hear our ancestral language spoken on a consistent
I highly recommend this program to anyone who's serious
interested in learning how to read, write, and indeed
speak Tsalagi, our ancestral language. Wado!
Elkhorn Vaughan, Indianapolis, IN
community had been looking for a Cherokee language
instructor for years when I happened upon a newspaper
article about Brian Wilkes.
has created a Cherokee online course that makes it
possible for anyone, anywhere to study the language
at their own pace and on their own schedule. I'm learning
much faster than I ever thought possible!"
Thornton, Taylorsville, KY organizer of the 2009 Voyage of Native American
prominent Kentucky Native American community organizer.
face it, learning Cherokee or any other indigenous language
is not easy, especially if you are some distance from a
community where it's still spoken.
First you have to find someone
who can and will teach it. Then you have to
rearrange your schedule to make the classes. Then you have
to persevere through the discouragement.
I understand. I'm NOT a native speaker; I had to learn the
same as you will. But as an educator, I've been disappointed
with many of the Cherokee teaching materials out there.
Cherokee Level 1 is a complete password-protected membership
web site with graded lessons in the Cherokee language.
survival of our distinct language is CRUCIAL to the survival
of our identity as a distinct people
Cherokee is absolutely wonderful! This course has
cleared up all of the obstacles that I had encountered
in learning Cherokee. The instructions are clear and
specific. As well, the course is easy to read and to
follow along. The audios are extremely clear and precise
with pronunciations to include various speed levels
to help with the pronunciation."
MONTH, TWO INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES GO EXTINCT. Don't
let Cherokee become one of them - it's up to you!
my own lifetime, the number of fluent Cherokee speakers has dropped
by half. If you are of Cherokee ancestry, you have an obligation
to preserve the language of our ancestors. If you are NOT of Cherokee
ancestry, we salute your for taking up the challenge.
spent a ridiculous number of hours since 1996 learning and teaching
the Cherokee language, reviewing and often buying every teaching
resource I could find, traveling to Oklahoma and North Carolina.
And I've spent a ridiculous amount of money I can't afford putting
this program together. But once a teacher, always a teacher, and
if this Speak Cherokee Level 1 program persuades just seven
people to learn the language well enough to teach, it will be
time and money well spent.
been active in the struggle to preserve Native American
cultures since 1992, and Speak Cherokee Level 1 is
the fastest and easiest
way to learn the Cherokee language that Ive ever seen.
Donald Panther-Yates, Scottsdale, AZ author of numerous books in Native American studies and
Brian. I've never experienced an online language lesson
that flowed so smoothly. It's amazingly easy to navigate.
Being able to play your voice sample repeatedly is so convenient
and yet critical to learning. It really is the next best
thing to being in your class
to Use! - It's just like browsing a web site.
at your own convenience and your own pace! - You can access
the site when it's most convenient for YOU, from your home computer
or any other.
ready when you are! Whether you're in Burbank, Birmingham,
Boston, Baghdad or Bangkok, all you need is an Internet connection
and speakers or a headset. And don't laugh - many Cherokees
are deployed with the military right now, and we designed this
system to be accessible from anywhere in the world.
Audio Files! - Listen over and over until you can
match the pronunciation
Narration! - I'm longer section of text are narrated - great
for the sight-impaired, or if you just want to rest your eyes!
Set The Schedule! Study
when it's convenient for you!
at Home, Office, even Library! No
all of the words and phrases spoken!
your assignments and return them online for correction!
with a language instructor, not just a web site lecture.
with other Cherokee-speakers and Cherokee-writers!
methods that are interactive, effective, and fun! Try
a crossword puzzle.
Cherokee site is great and very well explained!! You are
very helpful with even us 'slow' folks. The enunciation of
the words is great!! The sound is so clear. It is very easy
to go back and listen to the sound over and over again. Having
a great time exploring it!"
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can't say this often enough: We are the LAST GENERATION who can
save the language and culture.
the late 1990's the traditional Elders decided to throw open the
doors to our scattered people, many of whom had been kept at arm's
is a prophecy that states that once this happened, then "within
one generation the Cherokee people would either regain everything
that had been lost, or lose what little remains."
took the chance and threw open the doors for instruction. Now
it's up to you!
DON'T have time to waste. We need a new generation of Cherokee
SPEAKERS, and a new generation of Cherokee TEACHERS, and we need
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About The Author:
in efforts to promote the use of Native American languages,
Brian Wilkes has organized classes in the Cherokee
language since 1995. Those efforts were profiled by the
New York Times, the Gannett papers, Paducah
Sun and many other news outlets.In
2006, he received Kentucky's highest honor, the title
of Colonel, by order of the governor and state
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