You CAN Speak Cherokee Today!
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Brian Wilkes
in Marion, Kentucky, USA
(a little town on the Trail of Tears)

Have You Ever Said This?

"I would study and speak and teach the Cherokee language IF ONLY...

    • someone was teaching in my area
    • it didn't conflict with my work schedule
    • I had more time
    • I could actually hear the language spoken."


Osiyo! My name is Riccaree Vaughan, and I'm a student pf Brian Wilkes' "Speak Cherokee" langauge program that's currently being offered online. This program is great, and the audio files are extremely helpful to those of use who do not have the opportunity to hear our ancestral language spoken on a consistent basis.

I highly recommend this program to anyone who's serious interested in learning how to read, write, and indeed speak Tsalagi, our ancestral language. Wado!

Riccaree Elkhorn Vaughan, Indianapolis, IN


“Our community had been looking for a Cherokee language instructor for years when I happened upon a newspaper article about Brian Wilkes.

Brian has created a Cherokee online course that makes it possible for anyone, anywhere to study the language at their own pace and on their own schedule. I'm learning much faster than I ever thought possible!"

Jerry Thornton, Taylorsville, KY
organizer of the 2009 Voyage of Native American Discovery,
prominent Kentucky Native American community organizer.


     Let's face it, learning Cherokee or any other indigenous language is not easy, especially if you are some distance from a community where it's still spoken.

     First you have to find someone who can and will teach it. Then you have to rearrange your schedule to make the classes. Then you have to persevere through the discouragement.

     Hey, I understand. I'm NOT a native speaker; I had to learn the same as you will. But as an educator, I've been disappointed with many of the Cherokee teaching materials out there.

     Speak Cherokee Level 1 is a complete password-protected membership web site with graded lessons in the Cherokee language.

     The survival of our distinct language is CRUCIAL to the survival of our identity as a distinct people


"Speak Cherokee is absolutely wonderful! This course has cleared up all of the obstacles that I had encountered in learning Cherokee. The instructions are clear and specific. As well, the course is easy to read and to follow along. The audios are extremely clear and precise with pronunciations to include various speed levels to help with the pronunciation."

Joyce Rheal, Murphysboro, IL

Don't let Cherokee become one of them - it's up to you!

     In my own lifetime, the number of fluent Cherokee speakers has dropped by half. If you are of Cherokee ancestry, you have an obligation to preserve the language of our ancestors. If you are NOT of Cherokee ancestry, we salute your for taking up the challenge.

     I've spent a ridiculous number of hours since 1996 learning and teaching the Cherokee language, reviewing and often buying every teaching resource I could find, traveling to Oklahoma and North Carolina. And I've spent a ridiculous amount of money I can't afford putting this program together. But once a teacher, always a teacher, and if this Speak Cherokee Level 1 program persuades just seven people to learn the language well enough to teach, it will be time and money well spent.

“I’ve been active in the struggle to preserve Native American cultures since 1992, and Speak Cherokee Level 1 is the fastest and easiest way to learn the Cherokee language that I’ve ever seen.”

Dr. Donald Panther-Yates, Scottsdale, AZ
author of numerous books in Native American studies and genealogy

"Wow, Brian. I've never experienced an online language lesson that flowed so smoothly. It's amazingly easy to navigate. Being able to play your voice sample repeatedly is so convenient and yet critical to learning. It really is the next best thing to being in your class”

Jannette Parent , Princeton, KY

  • Easy to Use! - It's just like browsing a web site.
  • Work at your own convenience and your own pace! - You can access the site when it's most convenient for YOU, from your home computer or any other.

  • It's ready when you are! Whether you're in Burbank, Birmingham, Boston, Baghdad or Bangkok, all you need is an Internet connection and speakers or a headset. And don't laugh - many Cherokees are deployed with the military right now, and we designed this system to be accessible from anywhere in the world.
  • Complete Audio Files! - Listen over and over until you can match the pronunciation
  • Audio Narration! - I'm longer section of text are narrated - great for the sight-impaired, or if you just want to rest your eyes!

  • You Set The Schedule! Study when it's convenient for you!

  • Learn at Home, Office, even Library! No travel necessary!

  • Hear all of the words and phrases spoken!

  • Complete your assignments and return them online for correction!

  • Interact with a language instructor, not just a web site lecture.

  • Interact with other Cherokee-speakers and Cherokee-writers!

  • Teaching methods that are interactive, effective, and fun! Try a crossword puzzle.

"The Speak Cherokee site is great and very well explained!! You are very helpful with even us 'slow' folks. The enunciation of the words is great!! The sound is so clear. It is very easy to go back and listen to the sound over and over again. Having a great time exploring it!"

Pat Bennett, Salem, KY


     After your payment is processed, you'll be e-mailled your access address, user name, and password. You can even download the free tools now!

     I can't say this often enough: We are the LAST GENERATION who can save the language and culture.

     In the late 1990's the traditional Elders decided to throw open the doors to our scattered people, many of whom had been kept at arm's length. 

     There is a prophecy that states that once this happened, then "within one generation the Cherokee people would either regain everything that had been lost, or lose what little remains."

     They took the chance and threw open the doors for instruction. Now it's up to you!

     We DON'T have time to waste. We need a new generation of Cherokee SPEAKERS, and a new generation of Cherokee TEACHERS, and we need them now!  

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    We haven't raised our rates in SIX YEARS, and we're not about to start. We still think that $20 per month is a fair and affordable price for 24/7 access to Cherokee language instruction.

    What You Get!

    In 2013, we're improving and expanding SpeakCherokee, going to more video instruction. Once again, we focus on LISTENING to the language, then SPEAKING it. Writing is another matter, and honestly, much less important. One beauty of Cherokee is that once you can speak it, you can write it.

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About The Author:

     Active in efforts to promote the use of Native American languages, Brian Wilkes has organized classes in the Cherokee language since 1995. Those efforts were profiled by the New York Times, the Gannett papers, Paducah Sun and many other news outlets.In 2006, he received Kentucky's highest honor, the title of Colonel, by order of the governor and state assembly.

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