Can We Really Have You Speaking Ojibwe in Just Ten Days?
Lock in fundamental language material after just one listen! Join in simple, every day Ojibwe conversations – the kind you really have in a country. Like meeting someone, introducing yourself, ordering a drink. Hard to believe, isn't it? Till you ask yourself one simple question: How did you learn English as a child? Did you wade through text books? Did you struggle with grammar? Did you drive yourself crazy trying to get the accent right?
No. You just "picked it up." You heard adults speak, and you uttered your first word. Well, that's how the Pimsleur method works. It's the natural way to learn Ojibwe.
In easy half hour "bites" on CD, our scientifically sequenced lessons will have you speaking Ojibwe the way the Ojibwe people do–or you pay nothing. Guaranteed. Just give it a try.
Why it's Important to Learn Ojibwe
If you're descended from Ojibwe people, you know how important the language is not only as part of the culture, but in keeping that culture alive today. The Ojibwe people are very proud of their origins and history, and many members of this large Native American group are making a concerted effort to preserve the culture. Part of that effort entails learning the language, and continuing to pass it on to younger generations. Learning Ojibwe would allow you to help preserve this great people's culture, and keep the language alive for many generations to come.
The United States and Canadian governments both maintain agencies to administer Native American affairs to ensure that treaties are adhered to, and that tribal concerns are addressed properly. Many Native American tribes also work closely with Fish and Wildlife agencies to ensure the preservation of land and water in tribal homelands. Anyone wishing to pursue a career in any of these capacities could benefit from learning Ojibwe, and gaining the ability to communicate with tribal council members.
Conversational Ojibwe vs. Academic Ojibwe
Would you ever attempt to learn a language in a classroom setting if that language didn't have a standard writing system? Ojibwe is comprised of several dialects, and no formal writing system or alphabet. How could you possibly sit down to learn this language using books or written exercises? Because it's a Native American language, it was simply passed down from generation to generation through speaking and listening, and was never standardized in writing.
This is why the Pimsleur Approach is so perfect for learning Ojibwe. The Native Americans understood that the best way to learn anything was through experience, and by observing and listening to elders. This is the very principle Pimsleur lessons are based upon–that listening is the superior method for learning languages. You'll be learning Ojibwe the same way every Ojibwe person has for hundreds of years, but with the assistance of modern technology. You'll hear a native Ojibwe speaker, and within days, you'll be able to communicate in this beautiful language.
A Logical Way to Learn Ojibwe
Only after 20 years of scientific research did Dr. Pimsleur hit upon the right method to teach language–by watching his own children. Children have the ability to pick up languages quickly and naturally. What makes Pimsleur courses so successful are the specific scientific principles that replicate the speed and ease at which children learn languages. Read more about how this unique system–which has been purchased by the FBI–works.
No matter what situation you find yourself in–making new friends at a party, in a business meeting or negotiation, or just asking the way to the railway station or a good restaurant–you will find Pimsleur has given you the right Ojibwe words and phrases, the ones that come naturally, without thinking. Read more about what you'll learn with Pimsleur.
Ojibwe is the formal name of the language, but you may know it as something else. It's also called Chippewa and Ojibway.
Ojibwe is a constantly evolving language. While it does use some loanwords from English and French, for the most part, speakers tend to create new words from existing vocabulary when warranted. This is particularly true for vocabulary pertaining to technology.
Ojibwe is spoken in a few northern American states. However, it is primarily spoken in several Canadian provinces.