By now, you have most likely heard that Rosetta Stone has released it’s Navajo language software. This is a major accomplishment that will certainly help promote Navajo language revitalization efforts.
Although Navajo is the most widely spoken Native language in North America, recent studies have shown that its usage is in steady decline. The 2000 Census showed that half of Navajo youth ages 17 and under were unable to speak any Navajo at all. This new software is designed to complement other revitalization efforts already in place.
The software development was paid for by a Rosetta Stone company grant. It will be sold by Navajo Language Renaissance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization and preservation of the Navajo language. All profits from the software will go toward future projects to revitalize the Navajo language.
According to the Navajo Renaissance website, Personal/Family Navajo language kits, which will include CDs of levels I and II, an application disc and a combination headset/microphone, will cost $200.
You can access a free trial of the Navajo language software here.
To see images of the software, visit the Rosetta Stone blog.