Welcome to the Nardagani Reading Program

ViewpointClick here to see Dee Sarton’s interview of the innovative Nardagani Reading Program on “Viewpoint” KTVB channel 7, Boise Idaho.

                                                          Sven learns to read!


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Watch these student testimonials, they learned to read in four lessons:

Additional Testimonials

1) What is Nardagani?

  • The Nardagani Reading Program is the easiest, most effective and most financially accessible reading program on the market today. Most challenged readers can learn to read in four lessons.
  • The Nardagani Reading Program is based on the Japanese Hiragana coding system, which was developed hundreds of years ago. As a result of this simple method, Japan has one of the highest literacy rates in the world. Narda Pitkethly adapted the Japanese method to English.

2) How does Nardagani work?

  • The Nardagani program has 12 simple symbols, which clarify the confusing sounds of the English language. With these symbols the guesswork in reading is eliminated.
  • English has 38 sounds and only 26 letters, so why is it the hardest language in the world to learn? Fourteen of our 26 letters do not play fair; they make more than one sound. The Nardagani symbols tell the reader what sound the letter is making if it is not playing fair; there is no more mystery. Challenged readers rapidly learn to decode words.
  • Teachers learn the Nardagani Reading Program by watching the 30-minute Instructional Video.
  • Once the student understands the many sounds that are made by the letters that do not play fair and they are confident in reading with the symbols, reading without the symbols is easy.
  • Watch the short video below, called The First Five Symbols, to understand how Nardagani works.

3) What is our goal?

  • To reach and to teach the challenged readers who still struggle.
  • To provide people with a fun and powerful new teaching tool that allows challenged readers to achieve immediate results. By using the Nardagani Reading Program, lagging students now have the opportunity to quickly catch up with their peers, regaining the confidence they need to succeed.

4) What do we mean when we use the term “challenged readers?”

  • Anyone who feels that they can’t read at twelfth-grade level. Many of our students are bright people who simply weren’t able to learn to read using the traditional, lengthy method of memorizing confusing rules and lists of sight words.
  • Some of our students have been diagnosed with dyslexia, Asperger’s or autism. Nardagani is also an effective tool for patients with head injuries.
  • Many of our students grew up in a home where their parent(s) were challenged readers or English was the second language; consequently, it was not part of their family-life culture and there was not a focus on reading beyond the classroom.
  • Students who, for whatever reason, move often from one school to another frequently fall through the cracks. Many of these people can read at a second- or third-grade level, but they never feel they are full participants in society.

5) What are some of the other literacy statistics that concern us?

  • One out of every four children grows up not knowing how to read; in Idaho, it is one in three.
  • Many states are doing capacity planning for prisons based on third-grade illiteracy rates, as this is considered to be one of the greatest predictors of future criminal activity.
  • Between 65 percent and 85 percent of people incarcerated in the U.S. are functionally illiterate. One of our goals for improving literacy in detention centers is to implement an “Inmates Teaching Inmates to Read” program.
  • According to an NPR story on October 31st, 2013, 30 million adults in our country are illiterate.

6) How long did it take to create and test Nardagani?

  • In 2002 Narda began to adapt the Japanese system to English. In 2006 the first Nardagani Practice Book was printed for adults. From 2006 to 2011 Narda taught men and women in the Wood River Valley to read using Nardagani.
  • In 2012 Nardagani was adopted by the Idaho State Department of Education to be used in Idaho schools as an auxiliary program to help challenged readers.
  • On December 6th, 2012 Narda and Leslie Andrews began teaching Nardagani at the Blaine County Detention Center. Our students provided an opportunity to help us refine the program.
  • On February 6th, 2013 we began teaching our first child, Sven, Nardagani. Sven is now reading. Prior to working with Nardagani, Sven was unable to read a single word. He is proud of his success and is now the strongest reader in his classroom. In June of 2013 the first Nardagani children’s Practice Book was completed.
  • In July of 2013 twelve challenged readers from the Blaine County School District participated in a four-session Nardagani Reading Program class. The students and their parents report that, as a result of the class, they are now more invested in school, their grades are higher and they experience a greater degree of self-confidence.
  • In September of 2013 we had the great fortune to connect with multiple special education teachers from Hawaii to Vermont. Each one has used the program to teach their most challenged readers. With the feedback from these teachers, the program was finalized on November 3rd. On November 4th we had our first of many sales!

7) How much does the Nardagani Reading Program cost? How does the cost compare to other  programs?

  • Other reading programs can cost thousands of dollars and take months to learn. The Nardagani Instructor’s Kit costs $149.95 and includes the Instructional Video, a written Teaching Script which instructors can literally read, word for word, as they teach a student and all the materials necessary to teach one person of any age to read. Student Kits are available for $99.95.

8) Why Nardagani Works:

  • When we are young many of us absorb the basic building blocks of English in our early lives. These building blocks are called “phonemes.” They are the individual sounds in each word. A sound is not the same thing as a letter or a syllable. For example, in the word “happy,” there are four sounds, or four phonemes. There is the initial “h” sound, followed by a short “a,” followed by the “p” sound, and finally, the “y” which sounds like an “e.” H-a-pp-y. This word has five letters and two syllables. It has four phonemes.
  • Challenged readers struggle for many basic reasons. For example: If a child does not hear English spoken frequently and is not exposed to reading experiences and rhyming games, then that child will not grow with an innate understanding of the phonemes. Challenged readers may not have effective parenting, quality schools, or exposure to the English language during their formative years. All people are unique, with their own individual aptitudes; some pick up reading skills easily, and some do not. These differences may have a profound impact on reading readiness.
  • Phonemes are the most basic building block of any language. English is one of the most complex languages in the world. Without an innate understanding of phonemes, English is a confusing tangle of letters, sounds and indecipherable words.  For many, reading English becomes an insurmountable task. The “rules” are not very helpful because for each rule there are many exceptions, and some sounds have simply no logical explanations (think of “gh” in the words: ghost, through and laugh).
  • Using the Nardagani Reading Program method, the complex rules are eliminated. Students quickly and easily learn the phonemes. It is important that this task is easy because many challenged readers have experienced a lifetime of shame, humiliation and low self-confidence.
  • Through simple, interactive games and exercises, students learn the 12 Nardagani symbols that help them easily decode any word. There is no guessing and this program provides a clear pathway to success. As the phonemes are understood at an almost subconscious level, students develop a sense of mastery. Once they have acquired this innate understanding of phonemes, students are able to confidently transition to reading and understanding non-coded words.
  • As an instructor, it is a powerful experience to observe that moment when a challenged reader suddenly “gets” it. It is as if a previously locked door has swung wide open. The resulting delight and sense of empowerment are gratifying for both instructor and student.

Who Benefits from NardaganiSee additional Information on this video. We now have a children’s practice book! Thank you for your support!


Currently Nardagani is being taught in English and Spanish, it can easily be adapted to any language.

Why does Nardagani work? Because of 12 simple symbols. These symbols tell the challenged reader what sound a letter makes. There is no more guesswork.

An example: Do you know about the ‘H?’ A 55 year old challenged reader said to me;  ”Finally, I am not afraid of the letter ‘H’”.

1. ‘H’ has a main sound as in ‘horse.’
2. ‘H’ is soft with ‘th’ in ‘teeth.’
3. ‘H’ is hard with ‘th’ in ‘feather.’
4. ‘H’ is soft with ‘sh’ in ‘sheep.
5. ‘H’ is ’hard with ‘ch’ in ‘chair.’
6. ‘H’ helps ‘p’ make the ‘f’ sound in ‘phone.’
7. ‘H’ helps ‘g’ make the ‘f’ sound in ‘laugh.’
8. ‘H’ is silent with ‘gh,’ in ‘light.’ ’H’ is silent with ‘ch’ in ‘yacht.’ ’H’ is silent solo in many words such as: ‘school,’ ‘exhibit,’ ‘when,’ ‘chemical’ and ‘why.’

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