Language learning tools

Most of the links on this page are password-protected.

Online resources

Two of our resources are online-only, integrating sound and other elements of language use:

  • Yurok language exercises: Listen to words or sentences, or view photos, chosen at random from our database. Can you transcribe or translate them?

  • A boy, a dog, and a frog: Yurok elder aawokw Aileen Figueroa tells the story of a boy, a dog, and a frog. You can read the story and listen to the audio.

Downloads

Note the various file sizes; you may need a fast internet connection!

  • We have presented Yurok grammar workshops for several years. Click here for a full list of (password-protected!) PDF handouts from these workshops.

  • Basic Yurok (2014; file size 31.2MB), "meant to be used by Yurok language teachers and advanced learners, in support of language restoration in the Yurok community. Part I (chapters 1-10) provides information about the sounds of Yurok and about basic grammatical and vocabulary patterns. Many were identified by the Yurok Tribe for teacher certification purposes. Part II (chapters 11-25) introduces the meanings and forms of the most common Yurok verbs. Over 200 different verbs are covered, in 117 numbered sections."

  • Yurok Verb Guide, version 1.1 (December 30, 2009), a guide to the forms of 75 Yurok verbs: 75-verbs.pdf (file size 230KB)

  • 2005 Preliminary Yurok Dictionary: lexicon.pdf (file size 1.6MB)

  • 1,533 recorded sentences from Georgiana Trull's Yurok Language Conversation Book: GT3.zip (file size 83.9MB)

  • About 2,500 words recorded by several Yurok elders (updated 12/2007): Yurok-words-Dec2007.zip (file size 108.5MB)

To read PDF documents, you will need a reader like the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. To download a zipped audio file, right-click on it to save it to your computer; then you usually double-click on a ZIP file to unpack it.

Teaching, learning, and documenting Yurok

Lucy Thompson's 1916 To the American Indian: Reminiscences of a Yurok woman, among the first books by a Native American author, is a valuable source of Yurok words and phrases spelled using her own distinctive but logical system. Thompson later also worked with the linguist Gladys Reichard on Yurok language documentation.
[Photo: Bancroft Library.]