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!
During the first week, I set goals that I wanted to accomplish through this learning project. These goals included:
- basic phrases for everyday life
- days of the week/months
- basic sentences (written/verbal)
- read a children’s book
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!
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!
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Time Lapse on iPhone
- 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.