Stay home: Learn Cree – 4. Essential Phrases at Home

While we’re all in isolation, we’re going to try to post one video a day from the existing teaching libraries of Sol and some of his Creecher friends. Like Sasquatch himself, Solomon Ratt has experience with self isolation. Who better to help out with online Cree lessons for remote learning?  

Today (day four) we’ve got some really useful – maybe even essential – phrases for families at home. Our inspiration came from Charlie Venne’s  “Simple Commands in Woodlands Cree” (Charlie has also agreed to let us share some of his videos). As the original webmaster for Gift of Language and Culture, Charlie is an experienced presenter of online teaching resources (and a fluent th-dialect speaker). Find more of Charlie’s work at

Sol and I expanded his list to include: 

  • What we say to children (or anyone, really) 
  • What parents (or caregivers) say to children 
  • What children say (Things kids are gonna be saying anyway, so they may as well learn to say them in Cree)
  • Click the link to download a pdf version of these EssentialPhrases – you might like to have it as you read along! 

Of course, the list is endless, and Sol no sooner got the list recorded than somebody thought of more. Like this really important one (that we all need from time to time): namôya niya! It wasn’t me!

(About Sol’s shirt:

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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