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10 complete basic Chamorro class

TEN individuals participated in the Motheread/Fatheread Chamorro language class which ran for eight weeks at Joeten-Kiyu Public Library.

From left, Chamorro instructor and Motheread/Fatheread parent trainer Rita Demapan, Shevonne Castro, Walt Goodridge, Renita Win, Jaylon Win and Stephen Sablan.  Contributed photo
Beth Demapan, JKPL technical services librarian and CNMI Motheread/Fatheread assistant coordinator, said they held the completion ceremony on July 6, Thursday.

“The students learned basic Chamorro and its basic grammatical structures. They learned how to pronounce and how to read the local language,” Demapan said, adding that the program started on May 18 and continued until July 6.

She said the program is part of the Northern Marianas Humanities Council’s mission to help promote local culture and local languages.

According to Demapan, most participants took the class because “they were new on Saipan, or they wanted to know more about the culture, or they come from a Chamorro family but they don’t speak it in their house.”

In the class, the participants were asked to read children’s books in English that were translated in Chamorro with the help of volunteer teacher Rita Demapan, Chamorro instructor and Motheread/Fatheread trainer.

“During the completion ceremony, we had a mini Chamorro fiesta dinner,” Beth Demapan said. “Participants prepared local dishes, including saibok, red rice, kadun pika, titiyas manna, Chamorro bistek and Chamorro sukiyaki. They sang Chamorro songs and read the book ‘Peter’s Chair’ in Chamorro.”

The Motheread/Fatheread program also held a Carolinian language class at the Kagman Head Start with seven participants. The class ran from May to July and was made possible by the   humanities council’s partnership with JKPL.

In August, the Motheread/Fatheread program will offer free Japanese language classes.