Language Lessons

Language Program

Welcome to CKRZ’s language lessons, thank you to the Department of Canadian Heritage Aboriginal Peoples’ Program Aboriginal Languages Initiative in supporting CKRZ 100.3 FM Language Program with the transcription and recording of Ojibwe, Mohawk, Cayuga and Onondaga Languages.

I invite you to download the audio files for the language of your choice. Listen as you follow along with the print lessons available on the website or at CKRZ. You can call CKRZ at 519-445-4140 for more details on how to retain your print copy. Print fees may apply.

 

English  Mohawk  Cayuga  Onondaga  Ojibwe
Table of Contents

Phonics

1.1 Numbers 1-10 M 1.1     Listen  C 1.1       Listen  On 1.1    Listen  Oj 1.1    Listen
1.2 Numbers 11-20 M 1.2    Listen C 1.2    Listen  On 1.2   Listen  Oj 1.2   Listen
1.3 Numbers Tens M 1.3    Listen C 1.3    Listen  On 1.3   Listen  Oj 1.3   Listen
2 Conversational Phrases M 2.1    Listen C 2.1    Listen  On 2.1   Listen  Oj 2.1   Listen
2.2 Conversational Phrases M 2.2    Listen C 2.2     Listen  On 2.2   Listen  Oj 2.2   Listen
2.3 Conversational Phrases M 2.3    Listen C 2.3     Listen  On 2.3   Listen  Oj 2.3   Listen
2.4 Conversational Phrases M 2.4    Listen C 2.4     Listen  On 2.4   Listen  Oj 2.4   Listen
3.1 Introductions & Greetings M 3.1    Listen C 3.1     Listen  On 3.1   Listen  Oj 3.1   Listen
3.2 Introductions & Greetings M 3.2    Listen C 3.2     Listen  On 3.2    Listen  Oj 3.2    Listen
3.3 Introductions & Greetings M 3.3    Listen C 3.3     Listen  On 3.3    Listen  Oj 3.3    Listen
4 Asking Questions M 4       Listen  C 4        Listen  On 4       Listen  Oj 4       Listen
5 Clans M 5       Listen C 5      Listen  On 5       Listen  Oj 5       Listen
6 Nations M 6       Listen C 6      Listen  On 6       Listen  Oj 6       Listen
7.1 People M 7.1    Listen C 7.1     Listen  On 7.1    Listen  Oj 7.1    Listen
7.2 People M 7.2    Listen C 7.2    Listen  On 7.2    Listen  Oj 7.2    Listen
8.1 Where M 8.1    Listen C 8.1    Listen  On 8.1    Listen Oj 8.1     Listen
8.2 Where M 8.2    Listen C 8.2    Listen  On 8.2    Listen Oj 8.2    Listen
9.1 How Much M 9.1     Listen C 9.1    Listen  On 9.1    Listen  Oj 9       Listen
9.2 How Much  M 9.2   Listen C 9.2    Listen  On 9.2    Listen  Oj 9     Listen
10.1 How  M 10.1  Listen C 10.1  Listen  On 10.1   Listen  Oj 10.1   Listen
10.2 How  M 10.2  Listen C 10.2  Listen  On 10.2   Listen  Oj 10.2   Listen
11.1 Adjectives  M 11.1   Listen C 11.1   Listen  On 11.1   Listen  Oj 11.1   Listen
11.2 Adjectives  M 11.2   Listen C 11.2   Listen  On 11.2   Listen  Oj 11.2   Listen
12.1 Money  M 12.1   Listen C 12.1   Listen  On 12.1   Listen  Oj 12.1   Listen
12.2 Money  M 12.2   Listen C 12.2  Listen  On 12.2   Listen  Oj 12.2   Listen
13.1 Place Names  M 13.1   Listen C 13.1   Listen  On 13.1   Listen  Oj 13.1   Listen
13.2 Place Names  M 13.2   Listen C 13.2   Listen  On 13.2   Listen  Oj 13.2   Listen
13.3 Place Names  M 13.3   Listen C 13.3   Listen  On 13.3   Listen  Oj 13.3   Listen
14 Place in the Community  M 14      Listen C 14      Listen  On 14      Listen  Oj 14      Listen
15 Places in the Environment  M 15      Listen C 15      Listen  On 15      Listen  Oj 15      Listen
16 Days of the Week M 16      Listen C 16      Listen  On 16      Listen  Oj 16      Listen
17 Months of the Year  M 17      Listen C 17     Listen  On 17      Listen  Oj 17      Listen
18.1 Time Vocabulary  M 18.1   Listen C 18.1    Listen  On 18.1   Listen  Oj 18.1   Listen
18.2 Time Vocabulary M 18.2   Listen C 18.2   Listen  On 18.2   Listen  Oj 18.2   Listen
18.3 Time Vocabulary  M 18.3   Listen C 18.3   Listen  On 18.3   Listen  Oj 18.3   Listen
18.4 Time Vocabulary  M 18.4   Listen C 18.4   Listen  On 18.4   Listen  Oj 18.4   Listen
18.5 Time Vocabulary  M 18.5   Listen C 18.5   Listen  On 18.5   Listen  Oj 18.5   Listen
18.6 Time Vocabulary  M 18.6   Listen C 18.6   Listen  On 18.6   Listen  Oj 18.6   Listen
19 Seasons  M 19      Listen C 19      Listen  On 19      Listen  Oj 19     Listen
20 Spring  M 20      Listen C 20      Listen  On 20      Listen  Oj 20     Listen
21.1 Summer  M 21.1   Listen C 21.1    Listen  On 21.1    Listen  Oj 21.1   Listen
21.2 Summer  M 21.2   Listen C 21.2   Listen  On 21.2   Listen  Oj 21.2   Listen
22 Fall  M 22      Listen C 22      Listen  On 22      Listen  Oj 22      Listen
23 Winter  M 23      Listen C 23      Listen  On 23      Listen  Oj 23      Listen
24 Health  M 24      Listen C 24       Listen  On 24     Listen  Oj 24     Listen
25.1 Human Conditions  M 25.1   Listen C 25.1    Listen  On 25.1   Listen  Oj 25.1  Listen
25.2 Human Conditions M 25.2   Listen C 25.2  Listen  On 25.2   Listen  Oj 25.2   Listen
25.3 Human Conditions  M 25.3   Listen C 25.3   Listen  On 25.3   Listen  Oj 25.3   Listen
25.4 Human Conditions  M 25.4   Listen C 25.4   Listen  On 25.4   Listen  Oj 25.4   Listen
25.5 Human Conditions  M 25.5   Listen C 25.5   Listen  On 25.5   Listen  Oj 25.5   Listen
25.6 Human Conditions  M 25.6   Listen C 25.6  Listen  On 25.6   Listen  Oj 25.6   Listen
26.1 Body Parts M 26.1   Listen C 26.1  Listen  On 26.1   Listen  Oj 26.1   Listen
26.2 Body Parts  M 26.2  Listen C 26.2   Listen  On 26.2   Listen  Oj 26.2   Listen
26.3 Body Parts  M 26.3  Listen C 26.3   Listen  On 26.3   Listen  Oj 26.3   Listen
26.4 Body Parts  M 26.4  Listen C 26.4 Listen On 27       Listen  Oj 27   Listen
28 Emotional States  M 28    Listen C 28    Listen  On 28      Listen  Oj 28      Listen
29 Feelings  M 29    Listen C 29     Listen  On 29      Listen  Oj 29      Listen
30.1 Kinship Terms  M 30.1   Listen C 30.1   Listen  On 30.1   Listen  Oj 30.1   Listen
30.2 Kinship Terms  M 30.2   Listen C 30.2   Listen  On 30.2   Listen  Oj 30.2   Listen
30.3 Kinship Terms  M 30.3   Listen C 30.3   Listen  On 30.3   Listen  Oj 30.3   Listen
30.4 Kinship Terms  M 30.4   Listen C 30.4   Listen  On 30.4   Listen  Oj 30.4   Listen
30.5 Kinship Terms  M 30.5   Listen C 30.5    Listen  On 30.5   Listen  Oj 30.5   Listen
30.6 Kinship Terms  M 30.6   Listen C 30.6    Listen  On 30.6   Listen  Oj 30.6   Listen
30.7 Kinship Terms  M 30.7   Listen C 30.7   Listen  On 30.7   Listen  Oj 30.7   Listen
30.8 Kinship Terms  M 30.8   Listen  C 30.8   Listen  On 30.8  Listen  Oj 30.8   Listen
31.1 Clothing  M 31.1    Listen  C 31.1    Listen  On 31.1    Listen  Oj 31.1    Listen
31.2 Clothing  M 31.2   Listen  C 31.2    Listen  On 31.2   Listen  Oj 31.2   Listen
31.3 Clothing  M 31.3   Listen  C 31.3   Listen  On 31.3   Listen  Oj 31.3   Listen
31.4 Clothing  M 31.4   Listen  C 31.4   Listen  On 31.4   Listen  Oj 31.4   Listen
31.5 Clothing  M 31.5   Listen C 31.5   Listen  On 31.5   Listen
32 Traditional Clothing  M 32      Listen C 32     Listen  On 32      Listen  Oj 32      Listen
33 Colours  M 33      Listen C 33     Listen  On 33      Listen  Oj 33      Listen
34.1 Transportation  M 34.1   Listen C 34.1  Listen  On 34.1   Listen  Oj 34.1   Listen
34.2 Transportation  M 34.2   Listen C 34.2  Listen  On 34.2   Listen  Oj 34.2   Listen
34.3 Transportation  M 34.3   Listen C 34.3  Listen  On 34.3   Listen  Oj 34.3   Listen
34.4 Transportation  M 34.4   Listen C 34.4  Listen  On 34.4   Listen 
35 Being Someplace  M 35      Listen C 35      Listen  On 35      Listen  Oj 35      Listen
36.1 Hobbies & Occupations  M 36.1   Listen C 36.1  Listen  On 36.1   Listen  Oj 36.1   Listen
36.2 Hobbies & Occupations  M 36.2   Listen C 36.2  Listen  On 36.2   Listen  Oj 36.2   Listen
36.3 Hobbies & Occupations  M 36.3   Listen C 36.3  Listen  On 36.3   Listen  Oj 36.3   Listen
36.4 Hobbies & Occupations  M 36.4   Listen C 36.4  Listen On 36.4   Listen  Oj 36.4   Listen
36.5 Hobbies & Occupations  M 36.5   Listen C 36.5  Listen On 36.5   Listen  Oj 36.5   Listen
37 Groceries  M 37      Listen C 37    Listen On 37      Listen  Oj 37      Listen
38 Traditional Foods  M 38      Listen C 38    Listen On 38      Listen  Oj 38      Listen
39 Vegetables  M 39      Listen C 39   Listen  On 39      Listen  Oj 39      Listen
40.1 Fruit  M 40.1   Listen C 40.1  Listen  On 40.1   Listen  Oj 40.1   Listen
40.2 Fruit  M 40.2   Listen C 40.2  Listen  On 40.2   Listen  Oj 40.2   Listen
41 Meat  M 41      Listen C 41     Listen  On 41       Listen Oj 41      Listen
42 Common Foods  M 42      Listen C 42     Listen  On 42      Listen  Oj 42      Listen
43 Modern Foods  M 43      Listen C 43     Listen  On 43      Listen  Oj 43      Listen
44 Cooking  M 44      Listen C 44     Listen  On 44      Listen  Oj 44      Listen
45.1 Dinner Table Conversation  M 45.1   Listen C 45.1  Listen  On 45.1   Listen  Oj 45.1   Listen
 45.2 Dinner Table Conversation  M 45.2   Listen C 45.2  Listen  On 45.2   Listen  Oj 45.2   Listen
45.3 Dinner Table Conversation  M 45.3   Listen C 45.3  Listen  On 45.3   Listen  Oj 45.3   Listen
46 Table Setting  M 46      Listen C 46     Listen  On 46      Listen  Oj 46      Listen
47.1 In the Kitchen  M 47.1   Listen C 47.1   Listen  On 47.1   Listen Oj 47.1   Listen
47.2 In the Kitchen  M 47.2   Listen C 47.2  Listen  On 47.2   Listen  Oj 47.2   Listen
47.3 In the Kitchen  M 47.3   Listen C 47.3   Listen  On 47.3   Listen  Oj 47.3   Listen
47.4 In the Kitchen  M 47.4   Listen C 47.4  Listen  On 47.4   Listen  Oj 47.4   Listen
48 Sentences in the Kitchen  M 48      Listen C 48     Listen  On 48      Listen  Oj 48      Listen
49 In the Living Room  M 49      Listen C 49      Listen  On 49      Listen  Oj 49      Listen
50 Sentences in the Living Room  M 50      Listen C 50     Listen  On 50      Listen  Oj 50      Listen
51.1 In the Bedroom  M 51.1   Listen C 51.1    Listen  On 51.1   Listen  Oj 51.1   Listen
51.2 In the Bedroom  M 51.2   Listen C 51.2    Listen  On 51.2   Listen  Oj 51.2   Listen
52 Sentences in the Bedroom  M 52      Listen C 52      Listen  On 52      Listen  Oj 52      Listen
53.1 Objects in the Bathroom  M 53.1   Listen C 53.1   Listen  On 53.1   Listen  Oj 53.1   Listen
53.2 Objects in the Bathroom  M 53.2   Listen C 53.2  Listen  On 53.2   Listen  Oj 53.2   Listen
54 Sentences in the Bathroom  M 54      Listen C 54     Listen  On 54      Listen  Oj 54      Listen
55 Objects in the Dining  M 55      Listen C 55     Listen  On 55      Listen  Oj 55      Listen
56 In the Classroom  M 56      Listen C 56       Listen  On 56      Listen  Oj 56      Listen
57 Domestic Animals  M 57      Listen C 57       Listen  On 57      Listen  Oj 57      Listen
58.1 Wild Animals  M 58.1   Listen C 58.1     Listen  On 58.1   Listen  Oj 58.1   Listen
58.2 Wild Animals  M 58.2   Listen C 58.2   Listen  On 58.2   Listen  Oj 58.2   Listen
59.1 Birds  M 59.1   Listen C 59.1     Listen  On 59.1   Listen  Oj 59.1   Listen
59.2 Birds  M 59.2   Listen C 59.2    Listen  On 59.2   Listen  Oj 59.2   Listen
60.1 Insects & Reptiles M 60.1    Listen C 60.1    Listen  On 60.1   Listen  Oj 60.1   Listen
60.2 Insects & Reptiles  M 60.2   Listen C 60.2   Listen  On 60.2   Listen  Oj 60.2   Listen
61.1 Personal Possessions  M 61.1   Listen C 61.1    Listen  On 61.1   Listen  Oj 61.1   Listen
61.2 Personal Possessions  M 61.2   Listen  C 61.2    Listen  On 61.2   Listen  Oj 61.2   Listen
62.1 Trees  M 62.1   Listen C 62.1    Listen  On 62.1   Listen  Oj 62.1   Listen
62.2 Trees  M 62.2   Listen  C 62.2   Listen  On 62.2   Listen  Oj 62.2   Listen
 63 Plants  M 63      Listen  C 63       Listen  On 63      Listen  Oj 63      Listen

 

Our Speakers

Mohawk:

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Mohawk Language Speaker – Jacob Doreen
My name is Tehahswathè:tha in Mohawk, it means “he brightens things; he makes things light”. I am 23 years old, my English name is Jacob Doreen . I have been studying Mohawk language for 4 years, and I have been working really hard to pick up the language. I can speak all in Mohawk to first language speakers but I still make lots of mistakes. For the rest of my life I will always be learning new words in Mohawk, and I am excited that the learning will never end. Anyone can learn the language it is just a matter of how much time you are willing to put into it but I promise every second of studying is worth it.

 

Cayuga:

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Cayuga Language Speaker – Lottie Keye
Lottie considers herself blessed to have grown up in a traditional home where her parents were fluent speakers in the Cayuga, Mohawk and Onondaga languages.  With her origins deeply rooted in a staunch Hodinohsoni: home, she faithfully attended various ceremonies of the Longhouse people throughout the years.

In her younger years, Lottie worked as a Nurse at the Hamilton General, Lady Wellington hospital in Ohsweken and Windsor Lodge retirement home for over 20 years. She left nursing to pursue her dream of teaching native language and traditions to our young people so that our ceremonies in the longhouse could continue.  In 1986 she enrolled in Native as a Second Language at Western Ontario in London. She later acquired her Ontario Teacher’s Certificate at Nippissing University in 1991 and became the first immersion teacher at Six Nations to receive her certification.

Lottie’s career achievements in language preservation from 1985 to 2003 consist of;
First Cayuga language immersion teacher on Six Nations, Gaweni:yo Immersion school, and I.L Thomas Elementary School.

Retired Lottie continues to work as a Cayuga language, culture and traditional consultant and has been employed with the Gaweni:yo Language Preservation Project since 2003.

Lottie has also worked extensively with the Woodland Cultural Centre First Nations Language Department over the years. She worked tirelessly for 10 years with a small group of devoted, fluent and dedicated language speakers on the first ever Cayuga Language Dictionary. Lottie’s devotion to her language didn’t stop there, she worked with her brother Alfred Keye, who is also a language teacher and Faith keeper within the Longhouse. The two of them worked on translating the Gaihwiyo. Also known as the Code of Handsome Lake, a moral code for the Longhouse people.  This process took them over 2 years and challenged them many times.

Lottie has been involved with many organizations over the years and has served on the board of directors of the Six Nations Birthing Centre for over 15 years until the board dissolved in 2013.  She currently still serves on the board of Directors for Six Nations Polytechnic since 2007 and with the Sweetgrass First Nations Language Council since its’ original formation several years back.

Lottie’s dedication to the Cayuga Language honored by the following:

  • Six Nations Elected Council – Community Treasures Award
  • Sweetgrass First Nations Language Academy – Life time Achievement Award in Language
  • Six Nations Polytechnic/ Mc Master University – Professor of Indigenous Knowledge
  • Inspire Guiding the Journey- Inaugural Indigenous Educator Award for Life Time Achievement in Education – March 2013 Calgary, Alberta

Onondaga: 

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Onondaga Language Speakers

Gawęnahwihse’ Onǫda’gega’

Gawęnahwihse’ Onǫda’gega’ is a new Adult Immersion program working to revitalize, protect and Use the Onondaga Language at Six Nations of the Grand River. Here in Six Nations we have less than eight first language speakers left of this beautiful language, and we at “GO” are very lucky to have one join us everyday. Betty Henry is from the Onondaga Nation and Wolf Clan and Onondaga is her first language. She is our elder in the class, and the students all love her and have the utmost respect for her. We are thankful for the students putting in so much time and effort to help this project for CKRZ. The translating was done by Betty Henry and Darla Isaacs.

The Students who assisted with our Language Project are:

Myka Burning
Minnetta McNaughton
Toni Johnson
Emily Longboat
Kaniethahawi Deer

 

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Ojibwe:

James Shawana
Ojibway Language Speaker – James “Mawla” Shawana
I am a Anishinaabemowin teacher at Lloyd S King Elementary School at New Credit First Nations, Ontario Canada.  I am a father of four children and a grandfather to 12 grandchildren.  I am a musician, and enjoy singing songs in Anishinaabe.  I am also a traditional dancer and powwow singer.  I teach drumming and singing Anishinaabe words songs on the big drum.  Teaching Anishinaabemowin is what I enjoying doing, and hearing the new speaker’s speak is most rewarding.  Gchi Miigwetch.

 

CKRZ 100.3 FM acknowledges the financial support of Department of Canadian Heritage Aboriginal Peoples’ Program Aboriginal Languages Initiative.

We also wish to express our sincere appreciation for the contributions of the many language speakers who participated in the transcribing and voice recordings of our language series in four languages: Ojibwe, Mohawk, Cayuga, and Onondaga.