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Wed Nov 21, 2012, 12:09 AM

This is America, WE speak Cherokee!

http://kwgs.org/post/gmail-cherokee

Gmail in Cherokee

Cherokee has become the first Native American language fully integrated into Gmail. That means users can now exchange emails and instant message chats entirely in the Cherokee Syllabary, just as they would in English, Spanish or other languages.

“We are constantly trying to find ways to ensure our Cherokee language lives on and thrives, and being able to converse via email is a vital part of that,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “In the 1800s, we were the first tribe to develop a written language and newspaper. Two hundred years later, we continue to be a leader by becoming the first tribal language to be integrated on the iPhone and now Gmail. Partnering with the largest technology companies in the world to translate our native language onto modern devices is another useful tool that helps our Cherokees keep the language alive.”

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“When Google decides to support a language, it’s not just about which ones have the largest number of speakers. In order to do business around the world, we need to support languages with millions of speakers, such as Japanese, French or Arabic,” said Craig Cornelius, a Google software engineer. “But we also want to include less spoken languages in order to help preserve the culture and diversity that come with them.”

Cornelius said several Native American tribes have expressed interest in translating their languages with Google, but the Cherokee Nation has been the most intentional in getting the translations done.

In 2002, a Cherokee Nation survey found no one under 40 spoke conversational Cherokee. A Cherokee language immersion school followed, requiring all the learning materials of an English-speaking school, including technological tools.

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Reply This is America, WE speak Cherokee! (Original post)
ashling Nov 2012 OP
Matariki Nov 2012 #1
defacto7 Nov 2012 #2
Tigress DEM Nov 2012 #6
Heidi Nov 2012 #14
Skittles Nov 2012 #3
littlemissmartypants Nov 2012 #4
Tigress DEM Nov 2012 #5
Overseas Nov 2012 #7
hunter Nov 2012 #8
Divine Discontent Nov 2012 #10
Divine Discontent Nov 2012 #9
txwhitedove Nov 2012 #11
libodem Nov 2012 #12
aandegoons Nov 2012 #13
HopeHoops Nov 2012 #15
loli phabay Nov 2012 #16
1monster Nov 2012 #17

Response to ashling (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 12:14 AM

1. k&r. very cool.

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 12:37 AM

2. I have always wanted to learn a Native American language.

Is there a way to start the process of learning Cherokee on the Internet? I speak several western European languages but not a language native to America. I'm part Cherokee myself and I think that would be a great language to connect with.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 01:37 AM

6. GOOGLE Cherokee Translation and subscribe

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:16 AM

14. Free, online Cherokee language lessons (Cherokee Nation)

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 01:13 AM

3. that is super cool!

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 01:19 AM

4. LMSP kicking...

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 01:36 AM

5. How do you say, "AWESOME!" in Cherokee?!

OK... just suscribed and got started, but it's late.

COOL!!

A language that almost disappeared into obscurity and I will have access to learn if for a year.

AND I'm glad to do it because of Cherokee Chief Bill John Baker's warm endorsement of Obama.


http://newsok.com/cherokee-nation-chief-calls-president-obama-best-president-ever-for-american-indians/article/3707011


Cherokee Nation chief calls President Obama best president ever for American Indians

Cherokee Chief Bill John Baker is a delegate at the Democratic National Convention and says the president has kept the promises he made to Indian Country. His mother is one of Oklahoma's electors who cast votes for president in the Electoral College after the national popular vote.

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 01:38 AM

7. K&R.

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 01:47 AM

8. But does it work on DU?

ᏧᎾᏍᏗ (tsu-na-s-di) meaning "small."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherokee_syllabary

ᎭᎴᎾ ᏗᏓᏴᎳᏛᏍᎩ ᎬᏗ Gmail ᏣᎳᎩ (Get started with Gmail in Cherokee)

http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/gmail-get-started-with-gmail-in-cherokee.html

This just works on my computer. Cool.

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Response to hunter (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 02:46 AM

10. cool!

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 02:46 AM

9. thank you, gmail!

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:07 AM

11. Awesome.

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:17 AM

12. Great Grandmother on my mom's

Side had coal black hair and coal black eyes and came from the Oklahoma territory. That's the story...

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:19 AM

13. That is so cool.

I hope they do Anishinaabemowin or maybe Algonquin next.

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 08:27 AM

15. I'd love to learn Susquehannan (my only two known NA ancestors), but I can't find it.

 

Curiously, I live 12 miles from my original 17th century homestead, but nobody here speaks the language. I haven't found a good reference for it. And despite those centuries, my mom, myself, and my youngest daughter all show the physical traits. My other two daughters do not. DNA is a weird thing.

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 08:47 AM

16. funniest thing will be the integration of modern words

 

Its funny to listen to obscure language and suddenly hear "microwave" or"USB hub"

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:33 PM

17. Cool! When are they going to offer the Cherokee language classes,

written and spoken? (Perhaps as an online class.) I'm willing to learn...

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