When I began this learning project I knew it wasn’t going to be easy…and so far, it has NOT been easy! Learning a new language takes a lot of time, effort, concentration, practice and patience.
This week I have been doing a lot of research to find different online sources to learn the Cree Language. Sounds easy right? Well no. My first thoughts were to download a bunch of “language apps” and play around with them until I decided which one I liked best. I did just that , and guess what…NON of the common language apps have the Cree Language!!! I downloaded Duolingo, Babble, and Rosetta Stone and there was nothing! I did some more digging on the internet trying to find online sources and I did eventually find some specific Cree Language apps.
I will link all of the Apps here:
As I continue to learn Cree, I will most likely narrow down which App I like to use best once I get more familiar with each of them. Most of them provide the English word, Cree word, a picture, and a read aloud.
I find learning a new language is very difficult, especially Cree because most words are significantly longer then English words. I don’t know anyone who speaks fluent Cree, so I decided to register myself in a Cree course at the University to supplement this learning process. By doing this, it provides me with additional practice, help and I am able to ask questions if needed. I have also been watching youtube videos and using Quizlet to help practice the language.
Lately, I have been practicing a “basic introduction” about myself. You can watch my video here.
The following is what I am saying in the video:
tānsi Sarah nitisiyihkāson (Hello my name is Sarah)
ēkwa North End ohci niya (and I am from the North End)
ēkwa Regina niwīkin mēkwāc (and I live in Regina right now)
okiskinwahamâkan ōma niya ōta… (I am a student here…)
…kihchi – kiskinwahamātowikamikohk (…at the University)
kiya māka? (and you?)
I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to document my learning. This is the very first video I’ve ever made – I promise I will improve my video making skills throughout the semester!!! (Any tips and tricks for making videos are always welcome LOL).
Stay tuned for more Language Learning!