Good news for Valentine’s Day! Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

oskinîkiw: î-pî-nitomiskwîmitân awa kitânis.
ᐅᐢᑭᓃᑭᐤ:   ᐄ ᐲ ᓂᑐᒥᐢᑹᒥᑖᐣ ᐊᐘ ᑭᑖᓂᐢ᙮
Young dude: I have come to ask for your daughter’s hand in marriage.

kisîyinîw: î-mwayî-kîsasiwâtamân kîspin ôma ka-mitho-wîcîwihtonânowin nîkân wîhtamawin kinîkihokwak owîhthowiniwâwa, kohkom ikwa kimosôm owîhthowiniwâwa, kôcâpânak owîhthowiniwâwa, kitâniskotâpânak owîhthowiniwâwa, kihcâniskocâpâmak owîhthowiniwâwa. ikos-îsi nika-kihcinâhon îkâ î-wâhkômitoyîk.ᓈᐲᐤ:    ᐄ ᒷᔩ ᑮᓴᓯᐚᑕᒫᐣ ᑮᐢᐱᐣ ᐆᒪ ᑲ ᒥᖪ ᐑᒌᐏᐦᑐᓈᓄᐏᐣ ᓃᑳᐣ ᐑᐦᑕᒪᐏᐣ ᑭᓃᑭᐦᐅᑿᐠ ᐅᐑᐦᖪᐏᓂᐚᐘ, ᑯᐦᑯᒼ ᐃᑿ ᑭᒧᓲᒼ ᐅᐑᐦᖪᐏᓂᐚᐘ, ᑰᒑᐹᓇᐠ ᐅᐑᐦᖪᐏᓂᐚᐘ, ᑭᑖᓂᐢᑯᑖᐹᓇᐠ ᐅᐑᐦᖪᐏᓂᐚᐘ, ᑭᐦᒑᓂᐢᑯᒑᐹᒪᐠ ᐅᐑᐦᖪᐏᓂᐚᐘ᙮ ᐃᑯᓰᓯ ᓂᑲ ᑭᐦᒋᓈᐦᐅᐣ ᐄᑳ ᐄ ᐚᐦᑰᒥᑐᔩᐠ᙮
Old dude: Before I consider if this will be a good match tell me your parents’ names, your grandparents’ names, your great-grandparents’ names, your great-great-grandparents’ names and your great-great-great-grandparents’s names. That way I can be sure you are not cousins.

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mâmaskâc nîcimos. namôya kiwâhkômitonaw!
ᒫᒪᐢᑳᐨ ᓃᒋᒧᐢ᙮ ᓇᒨᔭ ᑭᐚᐦᑰᒥᑐᓇᐤ!
Young dude to his sweetheart: Fabulous, sweetheart! We’re not related!

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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