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Cherokee (Tsalagi) Native American Language Basic

By Thornton Media, Inc.

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Osiyo! Cherokee-owned Thornton Media ( presents Cherokee Basic, the first Native American Indian language app available on the iTunes Store. Cherokee Basic, offers 460+ Cherokee words, phrases and syllabary entries by native speakers of the Oklahoma Cherokee tsalagi dialect. Included is a zoom-able syllabary chart! Begin learning the beautiful Cherokee language anywhere, anytime from native speakers of the language!

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• A total of 467 professionally recorded audio entries for language learning
• 18 different categories: Daily Phrases, About Food, Kinship Terms, Pow-Wow, Concepts and Values, Numbers, Months, Days, Time, Colors, Human Body, Animals, Weather, Materials, People, Greetings, Message from your Teacher
• Practice all 84 sounds of the Cherokee Alphabet in separate entries
• Includes a zoom-able syllabary chart viewable horizontally or vertically
• Recordings by fluent speakers of the Oklahoma Cherokee dialect


A Cherokee genius named Sequoyah created the Cherokee alphabet so that Cherokees could learn to read and write their own language as the Europeans did. When he began working on his “talking leaves” many Cherokees thought he had gone crazy and accused him of witchcraft. After recognizing the value of his work, the Cherokee Nation rapidly began to use his syllabary and officially adopted it in 1825. The literacy rate of Cherokees quickly surpassed that of surrounding European-American settlers. Within 3 years the Cherokee Nation began publishing the Cherokee Phoenix Newspaper which is still published today HYPERLINK "". Sequoyah remains the only person in history to create a workable alphabet on his own.

Cherokee is disappearing
There are fewer than 7,000 native speakers of Cherokee in the US and most are over age 60. Existing revitalization efforts such as immersion schools produce a few speakers per year, not nearly fast enough to replace the elder speakers we are losing. Cherokee-owned Thornton Media has worked with over 100 tribes creating custom tools for their language programs. We offer the highest quality language tools available anywhere. We are completely self-funded and create our products without any assistance from anyone, including my tribe the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

We believe that language revitalization is a numbers game. The more Cherokee speakers that can be produced; the more chance the language has to survive. There are many Cherokees in the US, but not many speakers. I produced this language module with family members (mother, grandmother and aunt) and some friends from the Tahlequah area of Oklahoma. I hope this tool will heal save my endangered language.

Your iPod Cherokee Teachers:
Luella Vann Thornton(mom)
Lucinda Robbins(grandmother)
Della Wolfe
Harry Oohsawee
Cora Vann(aunt)

Wado! Thanks to all who helped to create Cherokee Basic. If there are any mistakes on this app they are mine, not those of the speakers, if you see any mistakes please contact me as we will be updating the app with more entries. All speakers were compensated for their work.

Thank you!

Don Thornton, President
Thornton Media, Inc.

What's New in Version 1.1

Added new category - Kids Phrases (27 entries)

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Customer Reviews

Yes, it was worth the money

The biggest advantage to this product is the range of linguistic samples. From daily expressions to vocabulary lists there is little missing for beginning and intermediate students. I suggest taking full advantage of the audio element of this program as both the syllabary and the romanization of words are often not consistent with the correct pronunciation offered in the recording. The most common example seems to be the use of the "te" character in place of the "da" character which, in Cherokee, very closely resemble one another in writing. There is only one voice recording for each word and if anyone was to update the program a male and female option per each entry would really help to encompass the potential variation in correct pronunciation. Compared to many other language apps available this app has a lot to offer and is invaluable to the serious (and fun for the not so serious) student.

An Amazing Resource

I was really surprised to see a program of such quality for the iPhone, let alone one that deals with a native language. Its really a pity that there aren't more apps like this one, since so many other languages are on the verge of disappearing forever too. I recommend this for anyone interested in learning the Cherokee language or in supporting language preservation. Five stars, and great work!

Like having a little Tsalagi teacher in your pocket!

This is the most amazing resource I've ever gotten my hands on. I've wanted to learn Tsalagi for ages, but can find no classes up in my neck of the woods. I'll be here to buy the next version when you expand this one! Wa do!

Cherokee (Tsalagi) Native American Language Basic
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  • $9.99
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 10.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPod touch (6th generation).

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