Cree (ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ/Nehiyaw)

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Why learn Cree?

Cree dialects are spoken by about 117,000 people across Canada, from the Northwest Territories to Alberta to Labrador. Cree has official status is in the Northwest Territories and it is the aboriginal language with the highest number of speakers in Canada.

Communication skills developed while learning Cree can improve your interpersonal skills in your native langauge as well. Your marketable skills in the global economy are improved when you master Cree. Skills like problem solving, dealing with abstract concepts, are increased when you study Cree. Cree expand one's view of the world, liberalize one's experiences, and make one more flexible and tolerant.

How Long Does it Take to Learn Cree?

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Cree Alphabet & Pronunciation

Cree is traditionally written using Cree syllabics, but can be written with the Latin script as well. Canadian Aboriginal syllabics are unique among abugida scripts in that the basic shape corresponds to a specific consonant sound which is rotated to denote the accompanying vowel.


[a]

[e]

[i]

[o]

[pa]

[pe]

[pi]

[po]

[ta]

[te]

[ti]

[to]

[ka]

[ke]

[ki]

[ko]

[cha]

[che]

[chi]

[cho]

[ma]

[me]

[mi]

[mo]

[na]

[ne]

[ni]

[no]

[sa]

[se]

[si]

[so]

[ya]

[ye]

[yi]

[yo]

Basic Phrases in Cree

Helloᑕᓂᓯ (Tanisi)
Goodbyeᐃᑯᓯ (Ikosi)
Yesᐁᐦᐊ (Eha)
Noᓇᒧᔭ (Namoya)
Excuse me
Pleaseᒪᐦᑎ ᐁᓴ (mahti êsa)
Thank youᐊᕀᐦᐊᕀ (Ayhay)
You are welcome
Do you speak englishᐧᐁᒥᔥᑎᑯᔒᐅᐊᔨᒨ (wemishtikushiiuayimuu)
Do you understand
I understandᓂᓂᐢᑐᐦᑌᐣ (Ninistohten)
I do not understand
How are youᑕᓂᓯ (Tanisi)
Fine thanks
What is your nameᐊᐏᓇ ᑭᔭ (Awina kiya?)
My name isᓂᓯᐦᑲᓱᐣ (Nisihkason)
Pleased to meet you

Cree Grammar

Cree Nouns

Man (Napew)
Woman (Iskwew)
Boyᓈᐯᔥ (naapesh)
Girl
Cat (Minos)
Dog (Atim)
Fish
Water (Nîpîy)
Milk
Egg
House
Flower
Tree
Shirt
Pants

Cree Adjectives

Colors in Cree

Blackᒪᐦᑲᑌᐧᐋᐤ (mahkatewaau)
White (Wâpiskâw)
Red (Mihkwâw)
Orange
Yellow (Osâwâw)
Green
Blueᐱᒋᔅᑲᓈ (pichiskanaau)
Purple
Pink
Gray
Brownᐸᐦᑖᐅᓈᑯᓐ (pahtaaunaakun)

Numbers in Cree

Zero
One (Peyak)
Two (Nîso)
Three (Nisto)
Four (Newo)
Five (Nîyânan)
Six (nikotwâsik)
Seven (tepakohp)
Eight (ayinânew)
Nine (kîkâmitâtaht)
Ten (mitâtaht)
Eleven
Twelve
Twenty
Thirty
Forty
Fifty
Sixty
Seventy
Eighty
Ninety
Hundred
Thousand

Cree Verbs

To beᐃᐦᑕᑯᓐ (ihtakun)
To haveᐊᔮᐤ (ayaau)
To wantᓂᑐᐧᐁᔨᐦᑕᒻ (nituweyihtam)
To needᐅᐧᐋᓂᓰᐤ (uwaanisiiu)
To helpᐧᐄᒋᐦᑖᐤ (wiichihtaau)
To goᓂᑑ (nituu)
To comeᐹᐸᔫ (paapayuu)
To eatᒦᒋᓲ (miichisuu)
To drinkᒥᓂᐦᐧᑫᐤ (minihkweu)
To speakᒋᐧᔐᐧᐁᐤ (chishweweu)

Building Simple Sentences

More Complex Cree Sentences

Andᑲᔦᐦ (kayeh)
Or
But
Becauseᔖᑯᒡ (shaakuch)
With
Alsoᑳᑲᔦᐦ (kaakayeh)
However
Neither
Nor
Ifᒥᔔ (mishuu)
Thenᒫᒃ (maak)

Useful Cree Vocabulary

Cree Questions

Who
What
When
Where
Why
How
How many
How much

Days of the Week in Cree

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Yesterday
Today
Tomorrow

Months in Cree

Januaryᐃᔥᐧᑳᐸᔫᐲᓯᒻ (ishkwaapayuupiisim)
Februaryᑳᑕᐦᑯᓯᑕᐲᓯᒻ (kaatahkusitapiisim)
Marchᒥᒋᓲᐲᓯᒻ (michisuupiisim)
Aprilᓂᔅᒋᐲᓯᒻ (nischipiisim)
May
June
July
Augustᑳᒌᑯᔅᐱᓈᓅᐦᒋᐲᓯᒻ (kaachiikuspinaanuuhchipiisim)
September
October
November
December

Seasons in Cree

Winterᐱᐳᓐ (pipun)
Springᓰᑯᓐ (siikun)
Summerᓃᐱᓐ (niipin)
Autumnᑕᐧᑳᒋᓐᐦ (takwaachinh)

Telling Time in Cree

What time is it
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
O clock
Half
Quarter past
Beforeᐧᐹᒧᔥ (pwaamush)
Afterᒌᐃᔥᐧᑳ (chiiishkwaa)