Stay home: Learn Cree – 15. Colours

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

Today we have a lesson in colour terms from Pearleen Kanewopasikot who shows us her enviable ribbon collection. Unlike English, where the colour words are adjectives that stay the same no matter what, colour words in Cree are verbs, so they have to match corresponding nouns in animacy. Listen closely to hear her adapt the terms she uses to distinguish various shades of yellow and orange! (Here’s a lesson link that explains colour terms in more detail). 

  • cahkasinastêw (inanimate verb) it is spotted, it is covered in polka-dots
  • sênipân – ribbon (animate noun) 

(About Sol’s shirt: https://creeliteracy.org/2020/03/17/awas-go-away-most-dialects/)

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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