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OmahaBlueDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 08:36 PM
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Rosetta Stone Endangered Language Program Releases Navajo Language Software
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ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST - News), a leading provider of technology-based language learning solutions, announced today the release of the Navajo-language version of Rosetta Stone software for use by Navajo in language revitalization. Though Navajo is the most-spoken Native American language north of Mexico (still spoken by more than 100,000 people), its use and fluency among younger generations is in dramatic decline. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 50 percent of Navajo ages 17 and under were able to speak their native language at all in 2000. Rosetta Stone Navajo software will be available for use in Navajo Nation schools, homes and chapter houses in an effort to help reverse this decline.

Were excited that the Rosetta Stone Endangered Language Program can play a role in encouraging younger generations to use the Navajo language, said Marion Bittinger, manager of the Endangered Language Program. Were optimistic our work with indigenous groups will be a step toward reversing the tide of global language extinction.

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