êkwa, mîcisotân! Come on, Let’s eat! (audio, y-dialect)

Thanks to Crystal Anderson for permission to use her photo of two of my favourite Cree speakers in training!

Here’s a little mealtime vocabulary to practise while you’re at the table (or while you’re practicing for the table). Thanks to Solomon Ratt for audio, and to Andrea Custer for useful additions (with audio). 

EnglishSROSyllabic
Come on, let’s eat!êkwa, mîcisotân!ᐁᑿ, ᒦᒋᓱᑖᐣ!
Are you hungry?kinôhtêhkatân cî?ᑭᓅᐦᑌᐦᑲᑖᐣ ᒌ?
I am hungryninôhtêhkatânᓂᓅᐦᑌᐦᑲᑖᐣ
I am not hungrynamôya ninôhtêhkatânᓇᒨᔭ ᓂᓅᐦᑌᐦᑲᑖᐣ
foodmîciwinᒦᒋᐏᐣ
yesâhaᐋᐦᐊ
nonamôyaᓇᒨᔭ
pleasemahtiᒪᐦᑎ
thank youhay-hayᐦᐊᕀ ᐦᐊᕀ
eatmîciso (just you), mîcisotân (let’s), mîcisok (you all)ᒦᒋᓱ, ᒦᒋᓱᑖᐣ, ᒦᒋᓱᐠ
drinkminihkwê (just you), minihkwêtân (let’s), minihkwêk (you all)ᓂᐦᑵ, ᒥᓂᐦᑵᑖᐣ, ᒥᓂᐦᑵᐠ
start eatingmâci-mîcisoᒫᒋ ᒦᒋᓱ
finish eatingkîsi-mîcisoᑮᓯ ᒦᒋᓱ
eat it all upkitâᑭᑖ
this tastes goodwîhkasinᐑᐦᑲᓯᐣ
milktohtôsâpoyᑐᐦᑑᓵᐳᕀ
breadpîswêhkasikanᐲᓷᐦᑲᓯᑲᐣ
meatwiyâsᐏᔮᐢ
bannockpahkwêsikanᐸᐦᑵᓯᑲᐣ
fruitwîhkanosᐑᐦᑲᓄᐢ
vegetablepîwi-kiscikânisᐲᐏ ᑭᐢᒋᑳᓂᐢ
waternipiyᓂᐱᕀ
platenapakiyâkanᓇᐸᑭᔮᑲᐣ
foodmîciwinᒦᒋᐏᐣ
spoonêmihkwânᐁᒥᐦᒁᐣ
forkcîstahâsêponᒌᐢᑕᐦᐋᓭᐳᐣ
knifemôhkomânᒨᐦᑯᒫᐣ
cupminihkwâcikanᒥᓂᐦᐠᐚᒋᑲᐣ
Are you full? Have you had enough to eat? kikîspon cî?ᑭᑮᐢᐳᐣ ᒌ?
Are you done? êkwani nâh? ᐁᑿᓂ ᓈᐦ?

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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