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

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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.

5 Responses

  1. 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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    1. 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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