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.

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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#CreeSimonSays: Teaching Cree on FaceBook

It was a great pleasure to visit with Simon Bird in Winnipeg at the 2018 Lighting the Fire Conference, hosted by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre – to see his presentation encouraging teachers to join him in teaching Cree … Continue reading

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2018: sâkipakâwipîsim / ᓵᑭᐸᑳᐏᐲᓯᒼ / May

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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2018: ayîkipîsim / ᐊᔩᑭᐲᓯᒼ / April

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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A rant in favour of Standard Spelling Systems – but not for the purpose you think (Arok Wolvengrey)

      Thanks to Arok for letting me share his recent Facebook rant about the relationship between writing, sound and meaning. Arok writes: The best tools for learning spoken language (besides face-to-face interaction) involve video and/or audio files so … Continue reading

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2018: niskipîsim / ᓂᐢᑭᐲᓯᒼ / March

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. For those who like to plan a … Continue reading

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2018: mikisiwipîsim / ᒥᑭᓯᐏᐲᓯᒼ / February

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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It’s all about the Verbs!

Thanks to Wayne Jackson and to Janell Mistik Barrenda for sharing some beautiful videos recently on Facebook that teach about verbs. I’ll be writing more about each of them in future posts (with thanks), because, in Cree, verbs really are the … Continue reading

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

In this post, we assemble 12 motivational posters in Cree from Solomon Ratt, all with QR codes (supplied by Ramona Washburn), so that (with the help of a cell phone app), the posters can actually read themselves aloud! They print … Continue reading

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