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

Updated: Now *Twelve* Great ways! (January 2018)

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8 kiskisiwina ta-ati-nihtâ-nihithowîyahk8 ᑭᐢᑭᓯᐏᓇ ᑕ ᐊᑎ ᓂᐦᑖ   ᓂᐦᐃᖪᐑᔭᕽ 8 memory aids for us to begin speaking Cree
1. sîhkimitok ta-nêhiyawêmototawitoyêk. ᓰᐦᑭᒥᑐᐠ ᑕ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᒧᑐᑕᐏᑐᔦᐠ᙮Encourage each other to speak Cree to each other.
2. miskawik iyiniwak kâ-nêhiyawêcik êkwa sîhkimik ta-nêhiyawêmototawiskik.ᒥᐢᑲᐏᐠ ᐃᔨᓂᐘᐠ ᑳ   ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᒋᐠ ᐁᑿ ᓰᐦᑭᒥᐠ ᑕ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᒧᑐᑕᐏᐢ᙮Find people who speak Cree and ask them to speak Cree to you.
3. âpacihtâ itwêwina masinahikan ta-kiskinawâcihtâyan kitâpacihcikana kîkihk.ᐋᐸᒋᐦᑖ ᐃᑘᐏᓇ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᐣ ᑕ   ᑭᐢᑭᓇᐚᒋᐦᑖᔭᐣ ᑭᑖᐸᒋᐦᒋᑲᓇ ᑮᑭᕽ᙮Use the dictionary to label all the belongings in your home.
4. natohtamok nêhiyawê-nikamona êkwa nêhiyawê-âcimowina.ᓇᑐᐦᑕᒧᐠ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍ   ᓂᑲᒧᓇ ᐁᑿ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍ   ᐋᒋᒧᐏᓇ ᙮Listen to Cree songs and Cree stories.
5. miska nêhiyawê-kâkîsimowin êkwa kâkîsimo tahto-kîsikâw.ᒥᐢᑲ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍ   ᑳᑮᓯᒧᐏᐣ ᐁᑿ ᑳᑮᓯᒧ ᑕᐦᑐ   ᑮᓯᑳᐤ ᙮Find a Cree prayer and pray every day.
6. kwayâtastamâso kanakê pêyak kîsikâw ita kapê ta-nêhiyawêyan.ᑿᔮᑕᐢᑕᒫᓱ ᑲᓇᑫ ᐯᔭᐠ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ ᐃᑕ ᑲᐯ ᑕ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᔭᐣ ᙮Set aside at least one day where you always speak Cree.
7. nêhiyaw-masinahikê ispî masinahikêpicikêyani.ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐤ   ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑫ ᐃᐢᐲ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑫᐱᒋᑫᔭᓂ ᙮Write in Cree when texting.
8. âhkamêyimok: êkâwiya pakicêk!ᐋᐦᑲᒣᔨᒧᐠ: ᐁᑳᐏᔭ ᐸᑭᒉᐠ!Persevere! Don’t give up!
9. âhkami nêhiyawêtân: kipîkiskwêwininak astêw kinisitohtamowininaw.ᐋᐦᑲᒥ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᑕᐣ: ᑭᐲᑭᐢᑵᐏᓂᓇᐠ ᐊᐢᑌᐤ ᑭᓂᓯᑐᐦᑕᒧᐏᓂᓇᐤ᙮Let's keep on speaking Cree! In our language lies our understanding.
10. âhkami nêhiyawêtân: kipîkiskwêwininak astêw kinisitawêyimitowininaw.ᐋᐦᑲᒥ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᑕᐣ: ᑭᐲᑭᐢᑵᐏᓂᓇᐠ ᐊᐢᑌᐤ ᑭᓂᓯᑐᐍᔨᒥᑐᐏᓂᓇᐤ᙮Let's keep on speaking Cree! In our language lies that which defines us.
11. âhkami nêhiyawêtân: kipîkiskwêwininak astêw kipimâtisiwininaw.ᐋᐦᑲᒥ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᑕᐣ: ᑭᐲᑭᐢᑵᐏᓂᓇᐠ ᐊᐢᑌᐤ ᑭᐱᒫᑎᓯᐏᓂᓇᐤ᙮Let's keep on speaking Cree! In our language lies our life.
12. âhkami nêhiyawêtân: kipîkiskwêwininak astêw kinêhiyawâtisiwininaw.ᐋᐦᑲᒥ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᑕᐣ: ᑭᐲᑭᐢᑵᐏᓂᓇᐠ ᐊᐢᑌᐤ ᑭᓀᐃᔭᐚᑎᓯᐏᓂᓇᐤ᙮Let's keep on speaking Cree! In our language lies our Cree traditions.



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About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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5 Responses to Eight Great Ways to Help Yourself Learn Cree: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect, audio)

  1. It would be cool if he would record some QR codes for these and add them to the posters.

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  2. I made some posters with the QR code. I had to use a different font because the documents he sent me I didn’t have that font. If you want them let me know. I also added them to the Cree Resource padlet

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    • Arden Ogg says:

      Ramona – See if you can use my jpgs (instead of Sol’s pdf). The jpgs don’t care about fonts. Also, use the table below my images (so you don’t have to re-type).

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