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Wajíphanyin Kaw Nation Kanza Language Learning Application - 2008 Update Version

This free language software contains one full semester of multimedia Kanza language units, a nearly 300-word lexicon, a culturally relevant video game to practice vocabulary, a progress tracking system capable of accommodating multiple users, and a complete set of instructions. The mimimum system requirements are as follows:

    • Windows
      • Intel® Pentium® III 1GHz or faster processor
      • Windows XP with Service Pack 2; Windows XP Tablet PC Edition; or Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise including 64 bit editions; Microsoft® Windows® 2000 with Service Pack 4; Windows 2003 Server
      • 512MB of RAM
      • 75MB of free disk space
      • 1024 x 768 screen resolution

    • Mac
      • OS X Intel CoreTM Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor; PowerPC® G4 1GHz or faster processor
      • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or Mac OS X 10.5.2
      • 512MB of RAM
      • 75MB of free disk space
STEP 1 Download and install Adobe® AIRTM
[> 10 MB]
Adobe AIR is a background program that must run in order to support the Wajíphanyin software. Please choose either the PC or Mac version depending on your computer. Note that AIR beta versions 1, 2, and 3 are not sufficient for running the 2008 Update Version of the language software.

TIP: AIR beta versions may need to be removed through the use of the Add or Remove Programs tool found in the Control Panel of XP systems before installing Wajíphanyin.

STEP 2 Download and install Wajíphanyin software
[< 50 MB]
This update is intended to replace older versions of the software. This is a zipped file, requiring expansion (decompression) by means of a program such as WinZip or StuffIt Expander®. Note that all Mac users and most Windows users and should be able to expand this file without downloading a separate decompression program.

TIP: If previously released versions of Wajíphanyin are installed on your computer, you must remove them through the use of the Add or Remove Programs tool found in the Control Panel of XP systems before installing the 2008 Update Version. Note also that you may need to manually delete any 'KanzaLearning' folders from your C:\Program Files folder before installing the 2008 Update Version.

STEP 3 Take the Wajíphanyin software survey
[< 1 MB]
Once you've gotten a feel for the software, we would really like to know what you think about it. Just download the .pdf questionnaire (requires Adobe® Reader®, click here to download), fill it out electronically, and mail it back to us at Kanza Language Project, Kaw Nation, Drawer 50, Kaw City, OK 74641.

TIP: We would like to collect as many surveys as possible before September 26, 2008. However, we will gladly accept them for the foreseeable future.

Beginning Lessons

Each of these lessons is a .pdf conversion of a navigable slideshow-style presentation. They are short and resemble stillframe cartoons. Clickable pronunciations are included. The format of the online lessons is fairly self-explanatory, but here are a few recommendations:

  • You will need a copy of the MOST RECENT VERSION of Adobe® Reader® to view the lessons and enjoy the multimedia components. If you don't have a copy, click here to download it for free.

  • Despite conversion to PDF, the lessons are still quite large (up to 1MB) and will probably take a moment to load fully. Please allow time for this, as errors can arise from improperly loaded lessons.

  • Use the side scroll bar to move from page to page. Moving forward and backward through the lesson is possible with Acrobat Reader®. It might be wise to take advantabe of this feature to make sure you understand all topics.

  • Take advantage of the multimedia buttons. Small speaker horn icons indicate sounds that can be played as needed. Just right-click and choose 'Play File.'

  • You don't have to follow a particular order when viewing these lessons. They are simply presented here in the order they were developed.
"Ho Kónbla!"
Getting used to the look and sound of Kanza
The numbers 1-20 in Kanza
Sóje Kaánze
Colors and corresponding objects
Binánge Zhúje
Animal terms and a few others