Please, anyone who has ever had to learn a second language, share your experiences with me!
I have been slacking on posting on my blog about my progress but I am also old school and like to take notes with a pen and paper so that is what I have been doing. I have never been great at doing things on my computer or anything too technologically advanced.. although, blogging isn't difficult. I am going to try to make it a goal of mine to record my notes on my computer and get at least one or two posts each week to keep myself accountable.
I want to talk today a bit about how things are going in my journey to learning Cree. I finally got my confirmation email about where my internship will be taking place, and of course it is in Buffalo Narrows, SK!!! This is going to be a big change in my life as the last big move I made was from my family farm in Foam Lake to Regina which is just two hours away. Now I will be moving to a northern community 8 hours away from any of my family and friends besides my partner who is also coming to teach up north. I felt like connecting to this language as much as I can may help me make some connections to my future students as this is the language they will speak primarily besides English.
If anyone else wants to join me in this journey, I have been loving using the Mâci-Nêhiyawêwin: Beginning Cree textbook.
In the first couple weeks, I have been learning about the 10 consonants in Cree: c, h, k, m, n, p, s, t, w, y
The consonants are primarily pronounced similar to those of the English language. But, the c, k, p, and t are slightly different at times. The "c" is pronounced like the "ch" in "charge".
I have also been learning about the vowels in Cree. There are seven vowel sounds, three of them being short vowel sounds (a, i, o) and four long vowel sounds that are marked by either a circumflex or macron over the vowel (â, ê, î, ô).
The short "a" is pronounced like the first "a" in appeal, the short "i" is pronounced like the "i" in "it" and the short "o" is pronounced like to "oo" in "shook".
The long "â" is pronounced like the "fa" as in "do, ray, me, fa, so, la, ti, do". The long "î" is pronounced like the "e" in "me" and the long "ê" is pronounced like the "ay" in "day".
Along with these new rules, I also learned a lot of vocabulary words that are common in the Cree language.
I know for some people it may be difficult to read a textbook on your own and learn from that, so in my future posts I will be talking about another resource that is interactive and includes videos to help you learn!
Until next time,