Your Grandmother's Cherokee

Preserving the Cherokee language, one word at a time.

An ancient indigenous language on the verge of extinction...A Cherokee man with an unshakeable vision of his people's language...A white Ph.D. willing to leave the limits of her academic world...Seven years of collaboration...And now we bring you   Your Grandmother’s Cherokee, a revolutionary way to understand the inherent logic and beauty of the Cherokee language.                                                   

Your Grandmother’s Cherokee is a simple and easy way to make all the Cherokee words you need to speak fluently. For translation as it has never been done before, use “Make a Word.” This creates one Cherokee word that is equal to a complete English sentence. Use the dictionary to find words in English, Cherokee, and Cherokee syllabary — more than 80,000 Cherokee words in forms that you can immediately use in conversation. Learn through online language classes that introduce you to our method step by step.

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"I am impressed!"

--June Stamper Smith, fluent speaker, enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

"I tried every course, every tape, every book, and I am married to a fluent speaker. For more than twenty years I couldn’t get anywhere. But this method finally gave me a way."

--Kathi Littlejohn, storyteller, enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

"I learned more from this course in one year than I did my whole life living in Cherokee."

--Kristy Maney, enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

"Revolutionary! This is the most wonderful thing that ever happened to me. This method offers an exciting, new way to teach Cherokee language. "

--Eva Garroutte, Ph.D., Boston College, citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

"Your language program is brilliant!"

--Shan Goshorn, artist and activist, enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

"What Standingdeer and Duncan have done is show us how the patterns of the Cherokee language indeed *can* be understood simply and with ease (but not without practice, of course). This, I believe, is what the ancestors intended, and what we have here in the Grandmother method seems to reach through time to remind us of this and again show us the way."

--Clint Carroll, Ph.D. University of Minnesota, citizen of the Cherokee Nation

""Your Grandmother’s Cherokee™ comes the closest to mirroring how native speakers learn of any language teaching tool I’ve ever seen. The Institute of Native American Studies has purchased it for all our students and faculty interested in learning or improving their Cherokee. It’s revolutionary." "

--Jace Weaver, Ph.D. (Cherokee Nation) Director, Institute of Native American Studies UGA