Learning Project- Cree
Up until this point, throughout my learning project I have been using an online textbook for the most part. It was working quite well for me, but I knew I needed to use some other sources in order to truly document the process of learning something new online. A great resource I found is a website full of videos helping you learn Cree. The website is nehiyawewin. This website helped me out a lot while practicing with my pronunciations because not only did it describe how the words should sound but you could actually listen to the videos and recordings as you went through the different chapters. Not only does this website have some awesome verbal chapters, but it has a lot of information and background as well. There is information on the language and culture and provides some resources that are available to everyone.
Another great resource to help you learn Cree is a Cree Literacy website. This website includes:
Reading Plains Cree in SRO, Listen to Spoken Cree, For Language Learners, Cree Books, Cree Place Names, Seasonal, and more. This website was helpful in the sense that I got some awesome resources for my future classrooms and it has a focus on beginner language learners which made it easier to follow and understand.
I have also used the Cree Dictionary to learn about some specific words that I wanted to know. Not only this but there is a Facebook page that I follow where people can ask how to say or spell a word in Cree and there is a lot of good information on it.
All you have to do is request to join the group and once you are accepted you can start reading through the posts and you can even post and ask questions. It seems as though the group answers questions efficiently and accurately. Although Facebook may not be the first choice for learning a language, it was a resource that came in handy at times.
Another site that is useful in other ways is the SICC or Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Center. This website is not directly to teach Cree but for continuing my learning journey after this class I can use this website to contact elders and get more information on people that could help me learn as I learn better with an instructor.
There is also the Gift of Language and Culture website that provides a link to YouTube videos that direct you through the language. This website was helpful to me throughout the process of learning Cree.
The problem with a lot of these websites is that they are very similar and have similar information. But of course, if you utilize them all and work hard you can learn how to speak Cree.