Category Archives: Language Lessons

Ready to learn something useful right now? There are lessons of every size in our archive: learn a new word or whole set (vocabulary); learn how words work together (grammar); learn what to say to another speaker (conversation). Explore at your own pace.

Imagine, translated by Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

Sol’s at it again. This time, John Lennon’s classic Imagine: and all on the first take! No English included here, due to copyright. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m imagining everyone singing along in Cree! 😉 mâmitonîthihta nama-kway … Continue reading

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Raffi’s Baby Beluga, translated by Ellen Cook (n-dialect)

What a treat to find this video of the K-2 awâsisak from Winnipeg’s Isaac Brock Cree Bilingual Program, proudly belting out Raffi’s “Baby Beluga” translated into Cree by classroom câpân Ellen Cook, and led by classroom teacher Colleen Omand. Even … Continue reading

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Play and Learn with Playing Cards

pêyakopêhikan(ak): Playing Card(s) A recent discussion on FaceBook sent me hunting for card-playing terms in Cree. So did Dawnis Kennedy at Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre with her delight in using games to teach Anishinaabemowin. Even the simplest card game … Continue reading

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Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Take My Hand for a While” sung in Cree by Tammy Lamouche

This post is a little gift for Buffy Sainte-Marie from all of us at the Cree Literacy Network. It’s a little late for her birthday, but it’s still 100% sincere because we think the world of her! The translation is … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, kohkom Sophie: National Indigenous People’s Languages Day 2021

iyiniw pīkiskwēwin kīsikāw = Indigenous People’s Language Day Thanks to Andrea Custer for agreeing (on this National Indigenous People’s Language Day) to share this reflection on her kohkom’s birthday with all of us. I can’t think of a better way … Continue reading

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Christi Belcourt: What Adult Learners Need

Thanks to Christi Belcourt for permission to share this graphic (with its unmistakable painted beadwork) – and for allowing us to share the thoughts that give it context as well. As a second (and third!) language learner, Christi’s insights are … Continue reading

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Water Keeps Us Alive: International Water Day, 2021

nipiy kipimâcihikonaw : ᓂᐱᐩ ᑭᐱᒫᒋᐦᐃᑯᓇᐤ Water Keeps us Alive (Thanks to Solomon Ratt for this magical photo of a beaver swimming in sunlit Wascana Creek.) Water is fundamental to life: we can’t exist without it. Simon Bird (#CreeSimonSays) recently built … Continue reading

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tâpiskôc otêhimin: Naomi McIlwraith (y-dialect)

tâpiskôc otêhimin “just like a strawberry” – or “heart berry” if you translate more literally from Cree. Thank you, Naomi McIlwraith, for sharing these sweet, tangy, and even silly thoughts of love in a cold climate. tâpiskôc otêhimin, my heart … Continue reading

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Cree Language makes the CBC National News (with #CreeSimonSays)

The story began last week of a Canadian comic book publisher, Joseph John, astonished to discover there was no Google Translate option for Cree. Perhaps it was the request of a genuine cultural “outsider” (a real Indian from India!) that … Continue reading

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âyâs, 2018, 2021: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

The Cree word for “sacred story” or “myth” is âtayôhkêwin (in y-dialect), âcathôhkîwin (in th-dialect). Wisahkecahk is the protagonist in many of these stories, which often serve to explain some curious aspect of the natural world, or teach some important … Continue reading

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