miyo-tipiska – Happy birthday!



Birthdays: Everyone’s got one!

Someone special  is celebrating their birthday today (maybe that someone is you!) so it seems like a good time to gather up some good birthday words in Cree to pass along via Facebook, or better yet, with a big hug in real life.

miyo-tipiska is a fairly direct translation of the English.

ka-wî-miyo-tipiskên “may you have a good birthday” is a little gentler.

If you’d like to sing the traditional birthday song, here is one version in y-dialect (change the y to n or th for other dialects, and you should be ready for anything!)


A few more useful birthday words in Cree from nêhiyawêwin : itwêwina / Cree : Words

Finally, there are some really great Cree-style birthday songs from Youtube – even if they are sung in English.

First from Northern Cree (a classic!)

Not sure who these guys are, but it’s another great birthday song!


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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