Osage Language Beginner 1A


This course is a basic introduction to the Osage language through the use of the Osage Nation orthography. Students will learn to read and write the Osage orthography and learn some basic words and phrases.


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  1. 5

    I loved the class, the symbols made since to me.

  2. excellent


    I plan to go back and listen, listen and listen. I found the process easy and enjoyable. I really liked the emersion classes and look forward to speaking in person to another Osage in the future. My cousin has taken this course and plan to talk with him. I had heard there was a young man visiting Fairbanks, Alaska that was Osage so maybe I will see him at the Pow Wow in the summer. Thanks for putting this online so I can help preserve the language.

  3. Not really for me


    Immersion is great, but it’s harder for some people then others. I tried learning Japanese and Esperanto, but dropped due to lack of conversational chances and for moral/personal reasons. These whole lessons were a lesson on their own.

    I had to try to think hard of what a “normal” person would look at when understanding an image. If I were interacting with someone in real life, we would have covered these easily. If forced to use only Osage, I would have used drawings to convey my questions. It’s more difficult here, where I have to bother the teacher just to understand every word’s limitations or broadness.

    I’ve been told that this was mainly to get a grasp on the orthography, but it didn’t entirely feel like that. But maybe that’s because I already had a grasp. I learned it years ago, when I read them in a paper and used them to copy words out of the dictionary or transliterate disney character names (in a similiar fashion to what I’d do with Japanese katakana). So this was more vocabulary building for me, and it was frustrating.

    Lesson 15 was the most difficult. I wasn’t even sure what some of those clothes were (a long jacket? A dress?); what that one word was supposed to mean (cloth?); and the teacher didn’t pronounce various forms of a word: if it was as she explained, the word would sound unusual compared to all the other Osage pronounciations I’ve heard. But if it was explained differently, it would’ve followed the typical sound pattern.

    I was also confused with some pronouncuations, and still am. I’m not Oklahoman, and I suspect that the accent is affecting pronounciation. “E” and “th” seems to have a few different sounds, the nasals sound strongly with an “n” attached rather then a pure nasal sound, and some of the written words just look different how I had learned to pronounce them outside of the course. So I’m definitely left confused and longing for an explanation. An IPA table for the orthogtaphy would be very helpful.

  4. 5

    I thought this course was super helpful. Towards the end I started to get a little confused during immersion because I wasn’t even sure what the picture was supposed to be in english (like that one fruit that kind of looks like a grape but isn’t). I look forward to the next course though and being able to form sentences.

  5. 5

    Excellent pace. Very clear dictation. Ready to go on to Beginner 1B

  6. Herman,

    You lost me when you said that Osages had to change their way of “worshipping the Lord.” Before European contact, Osages did not worship the Lord. Wah’Kon-Tah is not a deity but is the Great Force of Life, Nature in all its grand and mysterious glory. The true history on this is that Europeans forced their belief system on Native Americans. The personification and deification of Wah’Kon-Tah is not Osage.

    Mike Tinker.
    Williamsburg, Virginia

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