Category Archives: Learn New Words

Find words (or whole sets of words) that are new to you – or newly created by speakers moving Cree into the 21st century.

Solomon Goes Shopping: y-dialect

This video from Solomon Ratt offers a lot more lessons in language and “shopping culture” than you might expect, and leaves you with unexpected feels. While you’re learning vocabulary and pronunciation, take a moment to acknowledge the parts that *should … Continue reading

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The Tipi that Mosôm Built – MESC

Thanks to Maskwacis Education Schools Commission for sharing this great video, created by grade 4 and 5 students from Montana School- Meskanahk Ka Nipa Wit. Their amazing mini-movie is titled “This Is The Tipi Mosom Built”. It was directed by teacher Alison … Continue reading

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Two Great New Books from Blue Quills

Thanks to Tina Wellman at University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills for sending us sample copies of two great new resources they’ve just published themselves. Both books include lots of really useful vocabulary for letter-writing, visiting an office, job advertising, place … Continue reading

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Some Minimal Pairs from Solomon Ratt – With Audio

Cree spelling: kiyâm nâ? – It doesn’t matter? namôtha kiyâm! – It matters!  This great collection of minimal pairs from Solomon Ratt brings together words in Cree that differ by only one sound, some of which are commonly confused – … Continue reading

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Solar Eclipse, 21 August 2017

For those watching today’s solar eclipse, some related words in Cree: kotâwîwi-pîsim (eclipse; literally: sun sinking under ground) wanitipiskipayiw (darken, suddenly get dark, be an eclipse) Be sure to protect your eyes! awahê! (Be careful!) APTN interviewed Wilfred Buck this afternoon. Watch … Continue reading

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How do you say hamburger in Cree?

And just as importantly: What do you put on yours? This little graphic was inspired by a question on the Facebook group nêhiyawêwin (Cree) Word of the Day. Thanks to Barry Ahenakew (Ahtahkakoop, SK), Simon Bird (Montreal Lake, SK), Stan … Continue reading

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Halloween Vocabulary from Wayne Goodspirit (y-dialect)

miyo-cîpayi-tipiskâwinisik Happy Halloween Everyone! Thanks to Wayne Goodspirit for sharing this list of Halloween vocabulary last year on Facebook, and to Sol for posing for this special-occasion portrait (as well as recording the vocabulary, divided into three audio files). Apples to … Continue reading

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Powwow Regalia Vocabulary

  Thanks to Solomon Ratt for providing Cree vocabulary (in text and audio) to accompany this set of images gathered by Alan Corbiere for Anishinaabemowin ( These are Sols terms to parallel Alan’s – but Sol says he’s from up … Continue reading

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Label your Kitchen!

A great suggestion from Darren Okemaysim (via Facebook) to help develop vocabulary:  

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Neal McLeod Day 106: masinâstê-pêyak-ayiwinis / zoot suit

I’m not promising we’ll get all the way to 200, but while we wait for Neal’s new book to come out via University of Regina Press, we can enjoy some of Neal’s newer Cree word studies via Facebook. masinâstê-pêyak-ayiwinis ‘zoot suit’

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