Bethel, Alaska (KINY) Smartphones just got smarter in Alaska.
Alaska Commerce Company stores across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have introduced a new way for its customers to support indigenous languages. They plan to use labels written in Yupik in conjunction with a smartphone app that reads the label aloud. The customers can scan an electronic QR code next to the label to see how it's said. The app will be available in Aniak, Hooper Bay, Kotlik, Mountain Village, St. Mary's, Pilot Station, Emmonak and McGrath within the next 30 days.
The company said elders and younger generations should benefit by having more exposure to native languages.