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Language: Chamorro

  • Mar 27, 2012
  • 07:13 PM

Is the Chamorro language dead?

John S. DelRosario Jr. / Saipan Tribune
Sure, it’s sad watching a language disappear with each new generation that loses most of their native tongue. But like Latin, the native Chamorro language will slowly fade into the ash heap of history. We may be able to speak it, but the requisite scaffold it needs so it is used in perpetuity has slowly faded into oblivion.
  • Mar 18, 2012
  • 08:53 PM

Contest helps keep Chamorro language alive

Jacob Camacho / Pacific Daily News
The event helped Chamorro culture educators' efforts to keep the local language and culture vibrant. With March being Chamorro Month, the emphasis on learning the language is amplified. One of the creators of the language competition, author, educator and playwright Peter Onedera has said the Chamorro language is the "soul of the culture."
  • Mar 09, 2012
  • 11:25 AM

CHamoru Language Competition "Inachá’igen Fino’ CHamoru 2012"

Pacific News Center
Guam - CHamoru language competition as part of the University of Guam’s Charter Day activities on its 60th Anniversary. As in the past competitions, 215 UOG CHamoru language students are assisting.
  • Mar 04, 2012
  • 10:45 PM

Breathe life into Guam's language, culture

Mina Sablan / Pacific Daily News
Let us imagine what it would be like if we could hear ourselves once again in the sounds of our language, the Chamorro language, the language of this homeland. When I hear the spoken language, it is like music to my ears.
  • Mar 02, 2012
  • 02:05 PM

One Generation Away From Extinction of Chamorro Language (audio)

Kevin Kerrigan / Pacific News Center
My Dear People, we are one generation away from the extinction of the Chamorro language if we don’t act now. Chamorro month and the activities associated with it provide the opportunity and hope that we need as a People to stand in solidarity and protect our land, culture, traditions, and language.
  • Jan 10, 2012
  • 01:37 AM

Keep Chamorro language from dying

Mina Sablan / Pacific Daily News
Public Law 31-45 will help to address the need to revive the native Chamorro language. However, if the Chamorro language is to survive and not become extinct, transformation has to happen primarily within the native Chamorro population, collectively. Many have concentrated on protecting cultural perpetuation. However, language has been dormant within the native Chamorro population itself.
  • Dec 01, 2011
  • 11:57 AM

Law requires kids to take more Chamorro classes

Krystal Paco /
Thanks to Public Law 31-45, DOE is required to expand the language and culture curriculum for Guam's native tongue, and as such the agency will need an additional 25 Chamorro language teachers within the next two years. The new law changes the middle school Chamorro language requirement from one to three years and the high school requirement from one to two years.
  • Nov 18, 2011
  • 11:50 AM

PSS urged to include indigenous language class in high school graduation requirements

Moneth Deposa / Saipan Tribune
The CNMI Youth Congress is urging the Public School System to include a Chamorro and Carolinian language class to the high school curriculum which will become part of their graduation requirements. Youth senators, in a newly passed resolution, disclosed that the native languages of the Commonwealth are slowly becoming obsolete because many of the younger generation are non-speakers of local dialects.
  • Aug 10, 2011
  • 07:06 PM

Materials for teaching native languages undergo revisions

Moneth Deposa / Saipan Tribune
In the 15 years that Gloria Rasiang has taught Carolinian/Bilingual subject at Koblerville Elementary School, she saw how her school made inroads in the teaching of indigenous languages and culture. From its beginnings, when a group of educators and advocates succeeded in pushing for the Chamorro and Carolinian language and culture to be taught in the Public School System, the program has survived and grown over the years.
  • May 23, 2011
  • 12:46 PM

2 years of Chamorro in school mandated

Mindy Aguon /
Guam - Governor Eddie Calvo signed Bill 95 into law that expands the Chamorro language in the island's public schools. The legislation, introduced by freshman senator Mana Silva Taijeron, requires high school students to take additional courses for the preservation of the language for years to come.
  • May 15, 2011
  • 10:03 PM

GTC rules Chamorro language competition

Moneth Deposa / Saipan Tribune
Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School emerged as the big winner in the Public School System's first ever Chamorro language student competitions held Saturday at Saipan Southern High School.
  • Apr 29, 2011
  • 12:17 AM

CNMI PSS proclaims May as Chamorro, Carolinian Heritage Language Month

Moneth Deposa / Saipan Tribune
The CNMI Board of Education proclaimed May as the Public School System's Chamorro and Refaluwasch Language and Heritage Studies Month and called upon students, teachers, parents, and the community to celebrate and promote the language and culture of the two indigenous people on the islands.
  • Apr 18, 2011
  • 01:10 AM

Port Orchard woman's a hit on Guam

Debby Abe / The News Tribune
“Our language is dying out. During my generation, we couldn’t speak our language at school. They were teaching us how to speak English, so our (Chamorro) language was never taught.”