Stay home: Learn Cree 20. Question Words

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’s video presents a game Solomon Ratt calls W5 that uses question words to prompt students to practice new vocabulary. What are the question words in Cree? 

  • awîna : who?
  • kikway : what?
  • tânispîhk : when? 
  • tânitê : where? 
  • tânêhki : why? 
  • tânisi : how? 

Something to think about: Five of our English question words begin with Wh. Linguists say they are derived from the same word in the ancestral language (Proto-Indo-European). And sometimes we overlook “how” because it doesn’t start with Wh. When you look at Cree question words as a set, do you notice similarities? 

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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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