Category Archives: Learn to Read – SRO

SRO stands for Standard Roman Orthography. Following the work of our honorary founders Jean Okimâsis and the late Dr Ahenakew, it is at the root of everything we do at the Cree Literacy Network.

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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hay hay – A grateful Thanksgiving rant for our Cree Language Warriors!

This Thanksgiving, I am grateful to the Cree language warriors who continue to promote and support nêhiyawêwin as a genuine 21st Century language by using the tools (like SRO) that will allow speakers of Cree to develop as readers and … 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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Learning the Sounds of SRO

Listen and copy Solomon’s practice chants to learn the sounds of the letters in SRO. The Consonant Sounds of SRO: The Vowel Sounds of SRO:  

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Chapter Six Videos – My Relatives

(Repeated from Chapter One)

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How to Spell it in Cree – Okimāsis & Wolvengrey

Click to download your own pdf copy of Okimāsis and Wolvengrey’s How to Spell it in Cree. Jean and Arok wrote this textbook to support fluent speakers – and those who wish they were – in developing strong fluency in reading and writing Cree that … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t Facebook Recognize Cree?

Not long ago on the Facebook Cree Word of the Day Group, somebody complained that Facebook should recognize Cree. A great idea, right? Why not? Here’s the single biggest reason: Spelling. Why does spelling matter? Like every other computer program, Facebook needs consistent spelling to make … Continue reading

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Automated Syllabic Conversion

Cree Syllabic Transliteration on the Desktop The debate about the best written form for the Cree language seems destined to continue for some time in Western Canada. Some communities prefer “Standard Roman Orthography” (SRO) which uses alphabetic letters (just like English); other … Continue reading

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So what’s a macron anyway?

For people learning to read and write in Cree, macrons — those little bars that appear over vowels — are often a bit of an irritant. Here’s what they are, and why they’re useful. “Macron” is the technical name of … Continue reading

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