Category Archives: How Cree Works

Some longer lessons here that explain *about* Cree: the way words are organized by gender; how dialects are related; some of the many ways that Cree *is not* English.

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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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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Beyond the Kinship System: About Family Relationships

Today while families are gathering for Thanksgiving (or at least, to share a good meal of turkey!) seems like a good time to share Doug Cuthand’s May 2016 piece about family ties. Published in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix appeared under the … Continue reading

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Cree language facts for editors of English and French: The Cree Language Family

This article written for the Language Portal of Canada was originally published on 17 June 2013 (it was also translated into French for that site). Since it is no longer available online, I am reproducing it here.  Special thanks to … Continue reading

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Why the French can throw away their hats – But we still need them for written Cree

Yesterday’s news of spelling reforms in France – eliminating most (but not all) uses of the circumflex accent – is an interesting comment on the information we get from spelling – and on the information we need. (In case you haven’t seen … Continue reading

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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: Scroll to the bottom of this page for a downloadable mp3 audio file. c-c-c-c: cêskwa, … Continue reading

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Chapters Seven & Eight Videos – VTA & VTI (Transitive Verbs)

kiya mâka Colours and Clothing  

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Reading Plains Cree in SRO

Note: This introductory lesson closely follows Chapter 3 of How to Spell it in Cree (The Standard Roman Orthography) written and published by Jean Okimāsis and Arok Wolvengrey in 2008. Where the original chapter addresses inter-dialect issues, this version (edited … Continue reading

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Chapter Three Videos – Prepositions, Locatives, Demonstratives

awa/ôma Interrogative Pronouns  

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