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For you to be able to learn the Cherokee Language, you will need the vocabulary presented to you in a specially ordered fashion. Simply starting out by repeating a word over and over will not work. Your brain will quickly become numb to the information you are trying to learn and you will encounter great difficulty going beyond a dozen or so words. Instead what needs to done is to have a challenge and response exercise in a specially crafted pattern that prevents the brain from becoming quickly numb to what we are trying to learn, giving us the ability to learn all great many words in very short order with a much longer retention time.
Graduated-interval recall is a specific method of spaced repetition, published by Paul Pimsleur in 1967. It is particularly suited to programmed audio instruction due to the very short times (measured in seconds or minutes) between the first few repetitions, unlike other forms of spaced repetition which may not require such precise timings.
Graduated Interval Recall is a complex name for a very simple theory about memory. No aspect of learning a foreign language is more important than memory, yet before Dr. Pimsleur's work, no one had explored more effective ways for building language memory.
In his research, Dr. Pimsleur discovered how long students remembered new information and at what intervals they needed to be reminded of it. If reminded too soon or too late, they failed to retain the information.
After studying Dr. Pimsleur's Graduated Interval Recall methodology, I created special audio files for different groupings of the Cherokee Vocabulary that is being learned, including bound pronouns and other associated word forms.
Each set of audio lessons is composed of three main components:
Cherokee Lessons - Introductory Edition: [Download ePub]
The ePub is also available at: BarnesAndNoble.com and is also in the iBookstore (no link available).
The ePub format has the Syllabary fonts from http://www.languagegeek.com/font/fontdownload.html#Cherokee embedded. Not all eReaders or eReading software will properly display the fonts.
Here is a list of known working and not working eReader and software combinations:
Cherokee Lessons - Introductory Edition: [Download PDF.]
The goal of this material is to teach a basic initial grammar, not word or phrase lists. This book and accompanying audio covers basic pronunciation, a few introductory phrases, bound pronouns, basic sentence structure, and introduces some of the requirements of word agreement.
It is recommended that you download the associated mp3s for each disk and burn each set as an audio disk for listening in your car/truck/van/other, or load them up in groups on your favorite mp3 player.
You should do each disk one at a time, not moving on to the next disk set until you are comfortable with the challenge-response exercises on the current disk set you are on.
Each set of disks matches each chapter of the downloadable PDF or ePub.
All material here is free to copy and use under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/ .
If you would prefer a printed edition instead of an electronic edition, please visit: LULU.com Cherokee Lessons Print Edition.
For those unable or not wanting to create their own CDROMs, you order them from Amazon.com: Cherokee Lessons CDROM
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