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Acadiana native creates app to translate Cajun French phrases

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If you want to learn Cajun French, there's an app for that. An Acadiana native created the LearnCajun app, trying to bridge a generation gap.

Through the app, you can translate common phrases you'll hear around Acadiana - with one tap on your phone. 

Luke Romero found inspiration to create the app while sitting around listening to his grandparents talk. 

"I heard my family speaking Cajun French to each other and didn't know what they were saying," Luke said. "I decided to start recording them over Sunday dinner and did that a few times until they got tired of me recording them, and put that into an app." 

Luke began the process of the app nearly eight years ago, and now it has up to 90 catchphrases. In addition to bringing generations together, Romero hopes his app will help keep the Cajun French language alive.

Luke's mother, Yvonne, explained that speaking French was common in their household. 

"We spoke French so Luke wouldn't understand us," Yvonne said. "Now, my grandson will have one step ahead of me. He'll have the app and will figure out what we're saying. We won't be able to hide anything from him."  

She added, "You're losing it [the language[, and it's so good to see it come back and just be there for someone who's interested to look it up."

Luke added, "I don't think my grandparents really understood what was going on with some of the recordings. It was interesting to bring them up to date with technology. It's fun to talk with my grandparents in Cajun, and they appreciate it. Hopefully, it'll help other people to learn new stuff." 

The app is available for all iOS devices

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