“Cree” YA L8r

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Tansi Everyone!!!

It’s time I conclude my #LearningProject – Learning the Cree language. It’s crazy how fast this class and semester flew by! Or even this whole year!!! Last year at this time I was filling out my application to come back to University to pursue education, and now I only have a year and intership left!!!

When deciding what I was going to do for my learning project, it was a pretty quick decision for me. I had always wanted to learn Cree, therefore this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Now lets take a look back at my journey through my learning project!

Week 1: Let the Language Learning Begin

During the first week, I set goals that I wanted to accomplish through this learning project. These goals included:

  • basic phrases for everyday life
  • counting
  • days of the week/months
  • songs
  • food
  • basic sentences (written/verbal)
  • read a children’s book

 

Week 2: Introducing Niya (Me)

Week two consisted of me searching day and night for language websites to learn Cree such as Babble, duolingo, and Rosetta Stone. I soon realized that I was in for a challenge in regards to finding online resources to learn the language. I will be a review of all of the online resources I did use at the end of this post.

During week 2, I learnt how to introduce myself in Cree; both written and verbal. Listening back to my first video that I introduced myself in is actually shocking!!! I have come along way with my pronunciation since then LOL!

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Week 3: NISTO (3)…NÎSO (2)…PÊYAK (1)…GO!!!

Week three is when I learnt numbers. This was one of my favourite leaning experiences from my learning project because 1. the numbers are simply to learn and 2. I can use this learning every single day!!! During this week, I also taught my preschoolers how to count in Cree and they LOVED it!

I will link the super fun and catchy Cree number song here!

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Week 4: Cree Colours

I will start by saying this was my LEAST creative title for a blog post LOL! Anyways, week four was learning all about colours. It was a bit confusing to learn due to me trying to understand the “inanimate” and “animate” ways of saying the colours. In order to understand, I used the following resources:

Cree Colours Song

Colours in Cree audio clip

Cree colour terms chart

I also shared a few children’s books for those who want to teach their students or children.

Black Bear, Red Fox

Brown Eagle, Brown Eagle, Where Are You?

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Week 5: Cree X Yoga

Remember when I said learning numbers was my favourite learning experience….well, I changed my mind.  Week 5 was actually my favourite part!!!

During week 5, myself and my classmate Courtney Hawkins came up with the brilliant idea of doing a collaborate of our learning projects. We simply meshed my language learning with her yoga poses.  It was so fun much fun to learn and teach each other about our projects!

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Week 6: Welcome to my Crib

During week 6, I decided to explore the Cree language inside the kitchen and cook some food! I researched and leant many new cree words.

This was by far the most challenging week because I wanted to document the video I created using full sentences. This was a goal for myself and at this point in my learning project I just wasn’t there yet. I openly discussed my struggles with trying to learn and understand Cree sentence structure. I was also having trouble with deciphering words and their dialects.

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Week 7: Story Time with Sarah 

During week 7, I made a trip to the local library in search for a children’s book to read. I ended up choosing a book that is local to Saskatchewan called When the Trees Crackle with Cold: A Cree Calendar. This book allowed me to learn about the Cree months, as well as learn and pronoun new words. I also used this Cree Months video to assist me with the pronunciation of each month.

Here, I will link a list of books written in Cree or include the Cree language.

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Week 8: Time to “Splice” it up!

Week 8 provided me with the opportunity to continue my language learning, while documenting it with a new tech tool while providing a review of the tool. I chose to document my learning using an app called Splice. Splice is a super easy to use, convenient video editing tool. One main reason I like this tool so much is because it can be used conveniently on my iPhone. I provided a quick overview video of me using the app when editing the video for my learning project.

For my learning this week, I learnt about the Cree syllabics and how to write them. For this learning, I used a Cree Syllabics tutorial video.

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Week 9: Hey EDTC…Introduce Yourself!

Week 9 was all about teaching others! I thought the most beneficial thing to teach my classmates about my learning project was a basic introduction about themselves. I created a simple video providing basic background knowledge about the Cree language, along with how to do a basic introduction – both written and verbal.

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Week 10: “Weather” or Not, Here I come…

My inspiration for week 10 was the beautiful Spring weather! I decided to learn about the weather and seasons using the Cree language. This week, instead of making a video, I created mini flashcards/posters while incorporating my bitmoji.

I also shared this online story which fits perfectly to this topic of weather and seasons.

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As I conclude my learning project, I think back and reflect on how far I’ve come throughout the semester and what helped me to get to this point. A major part of this project was learning through online sources. I listed a few specific videos and websites  in the above weekly categories, but now I would like to share the resources that helped me each and every week in learning the Cree Language.

  1. Online Cree Dictionary – Basically my best friend throughout this project. The Online Cree Dictionary allows you to look up words and also provides a converter from English to Cree and vis versa.
  2. FHQ Cree – This app was my other best friend throughout this project. FHQ offers learning, practice, games and quizzes in numerous categories in assisting with learning the Cree language. The app provides a picture, word and pronunciation for every word using the Plains Cree – Y dialect.
  3. Maskwacis Cree, ATC Cree, and Manitoba Cree were other apps that helped me from time to time. It’s important to know which dialect specific apps are using in order to be consistent with the language.
  4. Beginning Cree Textbook – Through this textbook wasn’t an online source, it really helped me ensure the words I was using on the app’s were in the correct dialect. The textbook also provides background knowledge about the Cree language.
  5. Cree Literacy Network, SICC, The Gift of Language and Culture are all great websites that offer a variety of resources in assisting with the Cree language and background.

 

In order to document my learning throughout this project, I used the follow tools:

  1. Splice
  2. iMovie
  3. Time Lapse on iPhone
  4. Adobe Spark

 

As this project was largely process orientated, I truly feel that I have growth so much throughout the Cree language learning and hope to continue on learning the language. I have enjoyed learning, growing, documenting and sharing my project with all of you throughout the semester. My goal was to learn the basics of the Cree language and be able to bring that into the classroom with me. I look forward to this opportunity in the years to come and hope that all of you have learnt a thing or two about the Cree language as well.

 

mwestas,

Sarah

 

 

 

 

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“Weather” or Not, Here I Come…

EDTC 300, Learning Project

TANSI!

As most of you know, my learning project is not only for me to learn Cree, but to also take my learning an apply it into the classroom! My focus is in early education, therefore I have been focusing my learning project on topics that will be relatable to young students and that are suitable for me to learn as I am a beginner in learning the Cree language.

Because we are approaching the end of the semester, the days are getting longer and the sun is shining brighter (even though it snowed yesterday LOL), I thought it would be fitting to learn about the weather this week! This is something that is always being talked about in everyones day to day lives, and can be easily implemented into the classroom for all ages and grades.

For most of my learning project posts, I have made videos so this week I thought I would do something different. I have decided to make flashcards/mini posters, while personalizing them with my bitmoji.

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This week, I used the Beginning Cree textbook, Online Cree dictionary and the FHQ Cree app. I  found this online story for kids relating to weather and seasons, as well as this video  that fits perfectly with these terms!

I hope you or someone you know can implement this learning into the classroom or in conversation with others!

Thanks for reading!!

Hey EDTC… Introduce Yourself!

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Tansi

Let me start by saying that learning a new language has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding things I have done in my life. I decided to learn Cree not only for this #LearningProject, but to use this learning project as a starting point in my language learning. If I was to say I would be fluent in Cree by the end of my learning project, I would sound crazy! I have learnt a lot, but still have a lot more to learn.

Today though, isn’t about me…it’s about you! Today, I will help you learn what the Cree language is all about! I have created a short video using Adobe Spark, providing you with some background knowledge about the Cree language…but it doesn’t stop there! I have also provided you with a short explanation on how to introduce yourself in Cree!!! I thought this would be the most beneficial thing to demonstrate as we all use introductions almost every single day.

 

Basic Cree Introduction:

tansi ___________ nitisiyihkâson

(Hello my name is _________)

êkwa ____________ ohci niya

(and I am from ___________)

 

I hope this video helped you learn a thing or two about the Cree language. I also hope that you will all be able to use the basic Cree introduction when talking to others, or even teaching your own students!

For any of you who are interested in learning more about the Cree language, here is a list of resources to have a look at:

Apps:

Cree FHQ

Maskwacis Cree

Cree Online Dictionary

Websites:

Cree Literacy Network

Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre

The Gift of Language and Culture 

Courses:

University of Regina

First Nations University of Canada

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Time to “Splice” it up!

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Tansi!

Throughout the semester thus far, I have used a variety of ways to demonstrate my #LearningProject. Some of these ways include written work, pictures, time-lapses and videos!

To create my videos, I came across an app called Splice. I had never heard of this app before, nor have I used it until my learning project began.

“Simple yet powerful, Splice makes it easy to create fully customized, professional-looking videos on your iPhone, iPad. Imagine the performance of a desktop editor, optimized for your mobile device. Just tap to trim clips, adjust transitions, add slow motion effects and more to create beautiful videos you’ll love to share. It’s never been easier to edit like a pro on the go.” – Splice: Video Editor & Maker

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I enjoy this app because it is so convenient!! I always take my videos using my iPhone camera, therefore being able to also edit and finalize my videos using my phone is super helpful, time friendly and so easy to use!

Some of the tools Splice offers include:

For my #LearningProject post this week, I learned about Cree Syllabics – more specifically, I learned how to write them. I created a video this week of my process of learning, as well as a screen recording to demonstrate how Splice works in regards to editing/creating videos.

Check out my screen recording here: (This was a very quick edit but provides a basic visual of the app including adding text, cropping a video clip and choosing/adding audio)

Here is the final result of the video editing process using Splice:

This week has been super fun! Learning to write Cree syllabics brought some creativity into my learning – it kind of felt like writing out music in a way or some type of art. To learn the Cree syllabics, I used a variety of online resources. I used the Cree Syllabics Tutorial in order to learn and practice the different sounds. I also used this chart and keyboard from Online Cree Dictionary to assist with learning to write out each symbol.

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As the semester is coming to an end and with only a few more #LearningProject posts left, along with the Summary of Learning Video, I truly believe that Splice is an easy to use, accessible tool to document this learning. With that being said, I also want to expand the tools I use for video editing/creating. For my final project, I plan to use a new tool – something that I can use on my computer as it is a bigger project with more content. I have not yet decided which tools and resources I will use, but I have narrowed it down to two. I will link both tutorial videos here. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know!

  1. Adobe Spark
  2. iMovie

 

Until then, thanks for reading!

Story Time with Sarah

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Tansi!

As some of you know, last week was a bit of a struggle for me in regards to my #learningproject. I was having trouble with creating full sentences on my own and the Cree dialects. To help me get over this hump, I decided to reflect back to my very first learning project post. Reflecting back reminded my of how excited I was to learn the Cree language and share my knowledge with others. I soon remembered that one of my goals that I had set for myself was to be able to read a children’s book in Cree…so to get back into the groove of things, I did just that!

As I didn’t have a specific book in mind, I did some research. I ended up coming across this very lovely list of children’s books that are written in Cree or include Cree. When choosing one specific book, I decided to go withWhen the Trees Crackle with Cold: A Cree CalendarI chose this book because its local to Saskatchewan and relates directly to the province. It is also written in the y-dialect of the Northern Plains Cree in which is what I am trying to learn.

I wasn’t able to find a read aloud or an e-book, so I searched the Regina Public Library website, and sure enough there it was!

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As you can see, this book is mainly in English, with Cree words throughout. I was able to become familiar with the months in Cree, using online resources for pronunciation. I used this Cree Months video, as well as the FHQ Cree app. The book also contains helpful resources at the back as well.

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I look forward to reading more children’s books in Cree and sharing them with my students!

 

Welcome to my Crib!

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Hey EDTC 300, welcome to my crib!     …I mean kitchen (piminawasiwikamik)

 

After reading many  #LearningProject posts relating to cooking, baking and food…I got a little hungry.

This week I decided to get into the kitchen and learn some more Cree…and eat food.

My learning for this video came from the Cree Dictionary, Maskwacis Cree App and the FHQ Cree App.

I will provide the the English and Cree words below that I used in the video.

Kitchen: Piminawasiwikamik

Table: mitsônahtîk

Chair: tehtapôwin

Fridge: ahkwatîhcîkan

Stove: kotawanâpisk

Fork: ciscahîkanis

Knife: môhkoman

Spoon: emihkwan

Eggs: wawâ

Strawberries: mitêhimin

Salt: sîwihtâkan

Pepper: papêskomina

Coffee: kâspisikan

 

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Long post ahead…

This week was very challenging for me because I really wanted to be able to do this video speaking in full Cree sentences. I’m currently struggling with making full sentences as the structure is very different from the English Language.

The order of a Cree sentence is as follows (not all are needed in order to create a sentence):

1. Independent/Indicative Mood and/or Conjunct Mood
2. Person indicators
3. Tense indicators
4. Preverbs
5. Animate Intransitive Verbs
6. Question indicators
7. Prepositions
8. Locatives
9. Time
10. Numbers
11. Temporal Words

I’m realizing that there isn’t a numerous amount of online sources for learning the Cree language which is unfortunate and making it difficult to progress my learning. I feel like I keep coming back to the same three apps that I listed above.  A major issue with this is that  I am struggling with confusion with regards to dialects. Some words provided from these three sources are spelt and sound the same, and some are not which makes it hard to decide which option to use.

Throughout the remained of the course, I will continue try to find new sources to use, along with continuing to speak in full sentences.

Thanks for reading!

 

Cree x Yoga

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Today’s the day!!! Myself and Courtney Hawkins have a very special announcement…

We did a collaboration!!!

We came up with the idea a few weeks ago, and thought it would be fun to merge our learning projects together. A big part in Education is teamwork and collaboration so we put our skills to the test. Today we are officially sharing it with all of you!

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By doing this collaboration, it has not only taught me more about the Cree language, but I was so able to share and teach someone else about the knowledge I have obtained throughout my learning project. It was also super neat being about to relax and learn some basic yoga, taking my mind off of my to-do list for a while.

Now I’m sure you’re all wondering, how exactly did we collaborate our learning projects…

Well, we simply took basic Cree words and combined them with basic yoga poses. I taught Courtney the Cree words and pronunciation while she taught me the yoga poses that I was unfamiliar with. I must say, I think I’m better at speaking the Cree language then doing yoga…it’s also not as easy as it sounds/looks!!!

 

This week, I used the Online Cree Dictionary and the Cree FHQ app, as well as the Beginning Cree textbook. The yoga poses were retrieved from Yoga Journal.

For myself, this was a really unique experience. Firstly, it was nice being able to get up and moving instead of sitting at my desk all of the time. And secondly, it was nice to share ideas and opinions with one another about our Learning Project. I believe this is a super fun and simply way to incorporate the Cree language and yoga together, which could easily be brought into the classroom for all grades!

Below, I have linked each yoga pose along with the Cree name in case any of you would like to try it out.

Dog: âtim

Cat: minôs

Cow: mostôs

Butterfly: kamāmikos

Chair: tehtapôwin

Eagle: kihîw

Tree: mîtos

 

We had so much fun doing this collaboration and learnt so much!  I hope to work along side Courtney again sometime soon. We hope you enjoyed it, thanks for reading!

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Namaste!

CREE COLOURS!

EDTC 300, Learning Project

 

Tansi!

This week I have decided to learn colour terms in the Cree Language. Sounds easy doesn’t it? Well, it’s actually more complex than it sounds. I ended up doing a lot more research and learning a lot more than I thought I would this week!

So far, I feel that videos and audio clips are helping me the best to learn the language and use proper pronunciation. I began this week by looking for videos on YouTube. I came across two that I felt were very effective in helping me learn the colour terms.

They are listed here:

Cree Colour Song

Colours in Cree audio clip

When I came across the Colours in Cree audio clip, I noticed two columns…”Inanimate” and “Animate”. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!?! I felt very confused and unsure of what to do. I needed to find out some background information to get things figured out.

 

I ended up coming across a Cree Literacy website. This website had all the answers to my problems!

Some things I learnt from this website are:

  • In English, we learn to name our colours just as we name shapes and animals. Cree works differently. WHO KNEW!
  • In Cree, colour terms are actually verbs, therefore we need to know both animate and inanimate forms for each colour.

 

This chart shows the differences for each colour term based on if its in prefix form, animate verb form or inanimate verb form.

Once I gained an understanding about the way colour terms worked in Cree, I decided to learn the terms in inanimate verb form. I did a short recording to demonstrate my learning.

Along with the videos I shared above, I also came across a few children’s books in which teach colours in Cree if anyone is interested in bringing this learning into their classroom.

Black Bear, Red Fox

Brown Eagle, Brown Eagle, Where Are You?

 

Overall, I think this has been the most challenging week. It was frustrating and confusing at times but in the end its an exciting process of learning something new.

One thing that inspired me to continue on and to not give up was the quote posted on the Cree Literacy website…

“miywâsin, kîspin ta-kakwê-nisitohtamêk êkwa mîna ta-kakwê-mitoni-wîcihisoyêk anima, ôma nêhiyawêwin kîspin kinôhtê-kiskêyihtênâwâw”

“There is value indeed in trying to understand the Cree language and also in trying to study it in earnest if you want to learn it”

I feel more motivated than even to continue on with my language learning and look forward to sharing it with all of my future students!

nisto (3) …nîso (2) …pêyak (1) …GO!!!

EDTC 300, Learning Project

3…2…1…GO!

This week I am learning TO COUNT IN CREE!!! YUPEEE!

This is something I really wanted to learn because its something that can be used in every day life. This week I used the Cree FHQTC App to learn the numbers in Cree. This App is extremely helpful as it provides many different features to assist with language learning.

Here are some of the features that assisted me in learning numbers:

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Cree FHQTC: Numbers

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LEARN: This feature provides the number (visual), the spelling on the number and says the number out loud to hear how it is pronounced.

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GAMES: This feature provides games to learn the Cree numbers. It categorizes the games from easy-hard.

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QUIZZES: This feature provides quizzes to practice the Cree numbers. The quizzes include listening, speaking and reading.

I thought it would be hard to learn the numbers but after practising over and over, it is actually quite easy. I decided to create a video of me writing and saying each number. You can watch the video here.

These are the numbers included in the video.
1- pêyak
2- nîso
3- nisto
4- nêwo
5- niyânan
6- nikotwâsik
7- têpakohp
8- ayinânêw
9- kêkâ-mitâtaht
10- mitâtaht

I was so excited that I had learned the numbers 1-10 in Cree that I just had to share with others. I came across this Cree Number Song on youtube and basically listened to it over and over until I was able to sing it….decently at least (I’m not a very good singer, but preschoolers don’t know that, so shhh!). During circle time at my work, I taught them the Cree number song. For actions we used our hands and held up the number of fingers that we were singing. We all has SO much fun!! Unfortunately due to privacy regulations, I can not show a video of us as a group singing the song. I did however get a co-worker to take a small time lapse of myself doing the song so that will have to do!

 

Thanks for reading! Follow along for more Language Learning!

 

 

 

Introducing niya (me)!

EDTC 300, Learning Project

tānsi!

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.

cree app1I will link all of the Apps here:

Maskwacis Cree

Online Cree Dictionary

FHQ Cree

ATC Cree

Manitoba Cree

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!