Category Archives: Language Lessons

Ready to learn something useful right now? There are lessons of every size in our archive: learn a new word or whole set (vocabulary); learn how words work together (grammar); learn what to say to another speaker (conversation). Explore at your own pace.

Eight Great Ways to Help Yourself Learn Cree: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect, audio)

If you’d like to download all eight images at once for printing, click here for the pdf. Click here for a prayer to help with Step 5. Click the audio link to listen and read along:     8 kiskisiwina … Continue reading

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Solomon’s Christmas Cards 2017 (y- and th-dialects with audio)

Help spread the Christmas spirit in Cree with very best holiday wishes from the Cree Literacy Network. Download Solomon Ratt’s Christmas card images to print your own cards. And don’t forget to listen to the audio to practise your pronunciation! … Continue reading

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2017: ihkopîwipîsim / ᐃᐦᑯᐲᐏᐲᓯᒼ / November

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for allowing the Cree Literacy Network to share his 2017 calendar, complete with his own original illustrations. Following his request, we will post one image at the beginning of each month. For those who like to plan a … Continue reading

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ithiniw-simâkanisihkânak / Indian Veterans: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

A new poem (2017) by Solomon Ratt to recognize the sacrifice of Indigenous Veterans, and the shameful treatment they received on their return.  Click here to read the story about Sol’s poem reported by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner: http://www.otc.ca/reconciliations/details/indigenous_veterans.html … Continue reading

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Finding Cree in Unexpected Places: Gail Bowen

Saskatchewan mystery writer Gail Bowen has written many strong, Cree characters into her Joanne Kilbourn Mystery Series over the years, but a prayer in Plains Cree in What’s Left Behind (2016, page 59) certainly takes things to the next level as … Continue reading

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cîpay-kîsikâw – Halloween (#CreeSimonSays)

For additional Halloween vocabulary, Click on the “Category” menu on the right and scan for “Halloween” under “Seasonal”!

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A Syllabic Text from Remy Wes

Remy Wes sent this image of a page of printed syllabics into the FaceBook Group nêhiyawêwin (Cree) Word of the Day, asking for a translation. It turned into a big team effort, with help from lots of directions. Ultimately, it … Continue reading

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Syllabics and SRO: Two sides of the same coin

I realize that nobody asked my opinion (!) but this is what a good, contemporary Plains Cree syllabic chart looks like to me, and to my colleagues at the Cree Literacy Network. This was designed by Arok Wolvengrey, and printed … Continue reading

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What is SRO, and how can it help me learn Cree?

Cree speakers as fluent as nôhkomipaninânak (our late grandmothers) in this photo are precious and rare in 2017. Many of them fought to retain their language in spite of Residential Schools that tried to beat it right out of them. … Continue reading

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Asani – ayîkis (y-dialect, audio)

Thank you to Sherryl Sewepagaham for permission to share this sweet, original composition that she recorded with her group Asani in 2009. The a capella trio includes Sherryl, Sarah Pocklington and Debbie Houle, who first met in the Grant McEwan … Continue reading

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