Category Archives: Learn New Words

Find words (or whole sets of words) that are new to you – or newly created by speakers moving Cree into the 21st century.

Solar Eclipse, 21 August 2017

For those watching today’s solar eclipse, some related words in Cree: kotâwîwi-pîsim (eclipse; literally: sun sinking under ground) wanitipiskipayiw (darken, suddenly get dark, be an eclipse) Be sure to protect your eyes! awahê! (Be careful!) APTN interviewed Wilfred Buck this afternoon. Watch … Continue reading

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How do you say hamburger in Cree?

And just as importantly: What do you put on yours? This little graphic was inspired by a question on the Facebook group nêhiyawêwin (Cree) Word of the Day. Thanks to Barry Ahenakew (Ahtahkakoop, SK), Simon Bird (Montreal Lake, SK), Stan … Continue reading

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Halloween Vocabulary from Wayne Goodspirit (y-dialect)

miyo-cîpayi-tipiskâwinisik Happy Halloween Everyone! Thanks to Wayne Goodspirit for sharing this list of Halloween vocabulary last year on Facebook, and to Sol for posing for this special-occasion portrait (as well as recording the vocabulary, divided into three audio files). Apples to … Continue reading

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Powwow Regalia Vocabulary

  Thanks to Solomon Ratt for providing Cree vocabulary (in text and audio) to accompany this set of images gathered by Alan Corbiere for Anishinaabemowin (https://quizlet.com/85421294/pow-wow-regalia-flash-cards/). These are Sols terms to parallel Alan’s – but Sol says he’s from up … Continue reading

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Label your Kitchen!

A great suggestion from Darren Okemaysim (via Facebook) to help develop vocabulary:  

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Neal McLeod Day 106: masinâstê-pêyak-ayiwinis / zoot suit

I’m not promising we’ll get all the way to 200, but while we wait for Neal’s new book to come out via University of Regina Press, we can enjoy some of Neal’s newer Cree word studies via Facebook. masinâstê-pêyak-ayiwinis ‘zoot suit’

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Neal McLeod Day 105: kâ-kantakîwi-sâsisoht pâhkahâhkwân / Kentucky Fried Chicken

I’m not promising we’ll get all the way to 200, but while we wait for Neal’s new book to come out via University of Regina Press, we can enjoy some of Neal’s newer Cree word studies via Facebook. kâ-kantakîwi-sâsisoht pâhkahâhkwân ‘Kentucky … Continue reading

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Neal McLeod Day 104: piyêsisiwêpicikê / to tweet

I’m not promising we’ll get all the way to 200, but while we wait for Neal’s new book to come out via University of Regina Press, we can enjoy some of Neal’s newer Cree word studies via Facebook. CREE SLANG WORD … Continue reading

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Neal McLeod Day 102: nakawiyiniwak / Saulteaux

I’m not promising we’ll get all the way to 200, but while we wait for Neal’s new book to come out via University of Regina Press, we can enjoy some of Neal’s newer Cree word studies via Facebook. nakawiyiniwak ‘Saulteaux’

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Neal McLeod Day 101: okihcitawak / providers

I’m not promising we’ll get all the way to 200, but while we wait for Neal’s new book to come out via University of Regina Press, we can enjoy some of Neal’s newer Cree word studies via Facebook. okihcitawak ‘providers’

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