Learn Chamorro app

I forgot to do a follow-up post for this app. This is the Learn Chamorro app by Troy Aguon. It’s a nice app if you’re looking to learn some Chamorro words. I don’t think I need to say too much on this as the reviews on the download pages pretty much say what’s good and bad about the app. I do hope Troy comes out with another app or an improved version of this one. We definitely need more Chamorro developers to create learning tools like this.

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Here are the links to the iOS and Android versions:

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Ways to say “Yes” in Chamorro

When it comes to speaking Chamorro, most language resources will only include how one should say something. And so this is true for the Chamorro word for “yes”. Most books or even online resources will offer only the formal way to say “yes”, which is hunggan.

While there’s nothing wrong with saying hunggan all the time, a lot of Chamorro speakers tend to use the casual forms of yes in everyday conversation.

The most common response you’ll hear in a conversation will be hå’å, or its variants å’å, ha’a, or a’a. It would be like say yeah or yup.

Another way to say yes would be to say hu’u or u’u, but this response is usually used when someone is annoyed: Yes! (I heard you.) Yes! (I get it, no need to repeat yourself.)

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What does “dalai” mean?

The Chamorro word dalai has no equivalent in the English language. It is an expression used to convey disbelief that something is true due to some existing knowledge about the subject. It is often used in statements where one expects that anyone with some common sense would’ve done the right thing.

Dalai ya ti siña un hatsa i lamasa.
 
I can’t believe you can’t lift the table. (You have muscles and look strong! / The table is so small/light/etc.)

Dalai ya ti ha tungo’ manu na gaige Safeway.
It’s unbelievable he doesn’t know where Safeway is. (He’s lived here for how long? / Safeway is so close to his house! /

Dalai na dinidide’. 
I can’t believe how little. (Who would be so stingy? / But he has lots!)

Denise said she can’t come to the party? Dalai! She’s not working tomorrow.
(It is unbelievable because maybe Denise only refuses to go out when she has work the next day.)

 

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Speak Chamorro app

Speak Chamorro app

In celebration of Mes Chamorro and to promote the Chamorro language, the Young Men’s League of Guam has just released a mobile app that provides a Chamorro word of the day to help users learn to speak the Chamorro language.

Speak Chamorro app

Download the iOS and Android versions below.

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Learn Chamorro app coming soon

Learn Chamorro site

I just came across this site while searching for more Chamorro language apps. The site itself has some language lessons, but what caught my attention is their promotion of their language app that they say will be coming March 2015. Check them out at LearnChamoru.com.

Learn Chamorro App

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Chamorro Dictionary app by Aaron Matanane

Chamorro Dictionary app by Aaron Matanane

Here’s another great dictionary app by a Chamorro developer. The app description page says you’re able to use the dictionary offline and search through the database.

Dangkolo na si Yu’us ma’ase’ to Siñot Aaron Matanane for providing us with another dictionary app option. It’s always great to know there are Chamorro developers out there looking to further the cause of preserving the Chamorro language.

Please check out the Chamorro Dictionary app in the Google Play Store.

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Chamorro Dictionary app by BJ Peter Dela Cruz

Chamorro Dictionary app

Here’s a great Chamorro dictionary app by Chamorro developer BJ Peter Dela Cruz. The app description page says that there are over 9,400 words in its database.

It also says you will be able to:

  • Listen to Chamorro words being spoken
  • Search its database in both English and Chamorro
  • Add your own examples and notes to help you learn.
  • Add words that do not exist in the database.

The feature set looks good, but I’ll need to try the app for myself. This app is definitely something worth exploring if you’re serious about learning the language.

Click here to visit the Chamorro Dictionary app on the Google Play Store.

Anyone who has undertaken learning Chamorro will understand when I say that we have a limited number of language resources and to have online blogs and even apps like this is really a big help to all. So kudos to Mr. Dela Cruz for creating this app.

 

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