Last week we blogged about the launch of a very cool Ojibwe-English talking dictionary. This week we have more good Ojibwe-related news for you. A new free app for the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone not only makes learning Ojibwe easier, but its source code could be used to help you learn your own heritage language.
Darrick Baxter, President of Ogoki Learning Systems, Inc. and creator of the app, wanted to develop a tool to help his children learn their heritage language. He knew he was on to something when his two-year-old daughter grabbed the iPhone from her older siblings and started repeating the words she heard. Baxter claims she has already learned to count to five in Ojibwe, something she can’t yet do in English.
One of the nicest things about Baxter’s creation of the app is that he has made the source code available for free to anyone wanting to use it to create an app for their own tribe’s language. In a time when more and more tribes are looking for ways to engage their youth in language-learning, this has the potential to prove itself a valuable resource.
To learn more about the app, or to see a really cute video of Baxter’s daughter using it to learn Ojibwe, check out http://www.ogokilearning.com/.