So, as I have stated in a previous post, I wanted to learn Cree because of my future experiences in Northern Saskatchewan as a teacher. I think it might be nice to try and learn some of the language before I move and then I can try to immerse myself in the culture, tradition and language there.
In this first week of practicing, I mainly worked on finding some resources to begin learning the language.
I first searched google to see what would come up and I found the Online Cree Dictionary, which is an awesome resource to help translate words you would like to learn from English (in my case) to Cree. I also found nehiyawewin.ca which provides step by step videos in learning the language and it is done extremely well and is easy to follow. I was also lucky enough to already have a Twitter account that I use as a professional development tool and so I tweeted out one day asking for help in finding resources and I received some helpful comments:
So far, I have been reading through and studying from a textbook titled: Mâci-Nêhiyawêwin: Beginning Cree by Dorothy Badry. So far, I have learned the 10 consonants in Cree and how they are pronounced differently from English and the short and long vowels as well as some vocabulary words.
I look forward to continuing my learning journey with all of you! I hope to make a video next week to post about my progress!