help! cygwin window linux cmds dont work/ not recognised

Mon Jul 23 09:57:00 GMT 2007

I just installed cygwin from, the window opens with a bash-3.2$ 
prompt no colon - i am trying cygwin to have a command line c++ compiler
that behaves like linux. but commands like   ls  or cd  arent recognised or
any command at all... what am i missing?
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