Sounds of SRO

Listen and copy Solomon Ratt reading the sounds of SRO. This page includes chants to help remember both the consonant and the vowel sounds.

Consonant Sounds:

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c-c-c-c: cêskwa, cêskwa, cêskwa pitamâ.
Wait, wait, wait a bit.
h-h-h-h: hâw, hâw, hâw mâka.
Okay, okay, okay then.
k-k-k-k: kâya, kâya, kâya itôta.
Don’t, don’t, don’t do it!
m-m-m-m: mahti, mahti, mahti nêhiyawêtân.
Please, please, please, let’s speak Cree.
n-n-n-n: namôya, namôya, namôya cêskwa.
No, no, not yet!
p-p-p-p: pêtâ, pêtâ, pêtâ kimasinahikan.
Bring it, bring it, bring your book.
s-s-s-s: sôhki, sôhki, sôhki-sêsâwî.
Hard, hard, exercise hard!
t-t-t-t: tâpwê, tâpwê, tâpwê takahki.
Truly, truly, it is truly great!
w-w-w-w: wîcih, wîcih, wîcih kiwîcêwâkan.
Help him, help her, help your companion.
y-y-y-y: yîkatê-, yîkatê-, yîkatê-kwâskohti.
Aside, aside, jump aside!

Vowel Sounds:

a-a-a-a: apisîs, apisîs, apisîs nêhiyawêk.
A little, a little, speak (you – plural) a little Cree!
â-â-â-â: âskaw, âskaw, âskaw âkayâsîmo.
Sometimes, sometimes, sometimes speak English.
ê-ê-ê-ê: êkosi, êkosi, êkosi itôta.
That’s it, that’s it, do it like that.
i-i-i-i: itwaha, itwaha, itwaha iskwâhtêm.
Point to it, point to it, point at the door.
î-î-î-î: îkatêna, îkatêna, îkatêna êwako.
Set it aside, set it aside, set that one aside.
o-o-o-o: omisi, omisi, omisi itwê.
This way, this way, say it this way.
ô-ô-ô-ô: ôtê, ôtê, ôtê pê-itohtê.
This way, this way, come this way.