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.

2018: paskowipîsim / ᐸᐢᑯᐏᐲᓯᒼ / July

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for allowing the Cree Literacy Network to share his 2018 calendar, complete with his own original illustrations. Following his request, we will post one image at the beginning of each month. 2018Calendar

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Rhonda Head sings O Canada with the Toronto Symphony (n-dialect)

Rhonda Head is a classically trained singer from Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba. Her recording in Cree was one of 12 versions of O Canada recorded with the TSO in honour of Canada 150.

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âsônamakêwin: Passing on Teachings (Wayne Jackson, y-dialect)

âsônamawâtânik kitawâsimisinawak êkwa kitôskayôminawak kinêhiyawêwinaw. kinêhiyawêwinaw kimaskihkêminaw, tâpiskôc ê-nâtawihikoyahk. ᐋᓲᓇᒪᐚᑖᓂᐠ  ᑭᑕᐚᓯᒥᓯᓇᐘᐠ  ᐁᑿ ᑭᑑᐢᑲᔫᒥᓇᐘᐠ ᑭᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᓇᐤ᙮  ᑭᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᓇᐤ  ᑭᒪᐢᑭᐦᑫᒥᓇᐤ, ᑖᐱᐢᑰᐨ  ᐁᓈᑕᐏᐦᐃᑯᔭᕽ᙮ Let us all pass our nêhiyaw language on to our children and our youth. Nêhiyawewin is our medicine: it heals us all. … Continue reading

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The Tipi that Mosôm Built – MESC

Thanks to Maskwacis Education Schools Commission for sharing this great video, created by grade 4 and 5 students from Montana School- Meskanahk Ka Nipa Wit. Their amazing mini-movie is titled “This Is The Tipi Mosom Built”. It was directed by teacher Alison … Continue reading

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Two Great New Books from Blue Quills

Thanks to Tina Wellman at University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills for sending us sample copies of two great new resources they’ve just published themselves. Both books include lots of really useful vocabulary for letter-writing, visiting an office, job advertising, place … Continue reading

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For Father’s Day: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

    ispî kâ-kî-awâsisîwiyân kapî mâna nikî-wîcîwâw nohtâwîpan kâ-papâmahkamikisit. nikî-wîcîwâw kâ-nitawi-tâpwakît ikwa mîna kâ-kî-nâtakwît; nikî-wîcîwâw kâ-kî-nitawi-pakitahwât ikwa mîna kâ-kî-nâtathapît; nikî-wîcîwâw kâ-kî-nitawi-wanihikît ikwa mîna kâ-kî-nitaiwi-nâciwanihikanît; nikî-wîcîwâw kâ-kî-nâcihmihtîhahk ikwa kâ-nitawiminît. kahkithaw iyakoni kîkwaya nikî-ati-kiskîthihtîn, î-kî-kiskinwawâpamak nohtâwîpan. ikwa ispî kâ-kî-mâci-ayamihcikiyân tâpiskôc îkâ kîkway … Continue reading

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2018: pâskâwihowipîsim / ᐹᐢᑳᐏᐦᐅᐏᐲᓯᒼ / June

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for allowing the Cree Literacy Network to share his 2018 calendar, complete with his own original illustrations. Following his request, we will post one image at the beginning of each month. 2018Calendar

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Making things smaller: About Diminutives

Thanks to Elyse McKenna and Arok Wolvengrey for letting me share their recent FaceBook exchange in the Nêyihawêwin (Cree) Word/Phrase of the Day Group about making diminutive forms out of ordinary nouns to describe smaller- (or younger-) than-ordinary things. Depending on … Continue reading

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Some Minimal Pairs from Solomon Ratt – With Audio

This great collection of minimal pairs from Solomon Ratt brings together words in Cree that differ by only one sound, some of which are commonly confused. It’s hard to elieve it originally appeared in 2013. We’re re-releasing it to include … Continue reading

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miyo tipiska – Happy birthday!

! via GIPHY Birthdays: Everyone’s got one!  In honour of Mary Cardinal Collins, who is celebrating her birthday today (I think it’s her 29th again), it seems like a good time to gather up some good birthday words in Cree. … Continue reading

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