Cherokee (ᏣᎳᎩ)

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A sign in Tahlequah, Oklahoma in English and Cherokee. Photo by Rhys Wynne, CC BY-SA 2.0

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Why learn Cherokee?

Cherokee is an endangered Iroquoian language and the native language of the Cherokee people. Out of 376,000 Cherokee people, only around 2100 are fluent in the language. The dialect of Cherokee in Oklahoma is 'definitely endangered', and the one in North Carolina is 'severely endangered' according to UNESCO. The Lower dialect, formerly spoken on the South Carolina–Georgia border, has been extinct since about 1900. The dire situation regarding the future of the two remaining dialects prompted the Tri-Council of Cherokee tribes to declare a state of emergency in June 2019, with a call to enhance revitalization efforts.

International travel is made easier and more pleasant when you know Cherokee. Knowing Cherokee provides a competitive edge in career choices Aquiring a second language can improve your skills and grades in math and English. As immigration increases we need to prepare for changes in society.

Cherokee Alphabet & Pronunciation


[a]

[e]

[i]

[o]

[u]

[v]

[ga]

[ka]

[ge]

[gi]

[go]

[gu]

[gv]

[ha]

[he]

[hi]

[ho]

[hu]

[hv]

[la]

[le]

[li]

[lo]

[lu]

[lv]

[ma]

[me]

[mi]

[mo]

[mu]

[na]

[hna]

[nah]

[ne]

[ni]

[no]

[nu]

[nv]

[qua]

[que]

[qui]

[quo]

[quu]

[quv]

[s]

[sa]

[se]

[si]

[so]

[su]

[sv]

[da]

[ta]

[de]

[te]

[di]

[ti]

[do]

[du]

[dv]

[dla]

[tla]

[tle]

[tli]

[tlo]

[tlu]

[tlv]

[tsa]

[tse]

[tsi]

[tso]

[tsu]

[tsv]

[wa]

[we]

[wi]

[wo]

[wu]

[wv]

[ya]

[ye]

[yi]

[yo]

[yu]

[yv]

Basic Phrases in Cherokee

Hello
Goodbye
Yes (v-v)
No (tla no)
Excuse me
Please (u-do-hi-yu-i)
Thank you (wa-do)
You are welcome
Do you speak english
Do you understand
I understand
I do not understand
How are you
Fine thanks
What is your name
My name is
Pleased to meet you

Cherokee Grammar

Cherokee Nouns

Man (a-s-ga-yv)
Woman (a-gi-ya)
Boy (u-wa-gi-a)
Girl (a-ge-yu-tsa)
Cat (we-sa)
Dog (gi-li)
Fish (a-tsa-di)
Water (a-ma)
Milk (u-nv-di)
Egg (u-we-tsi)
House
Flower (a-tsi-la-s)
Tree (tsa-li-gu)
Shirt
Pants

Cherokee Adjectives

Colors in Cherokee

BlackᎬᎾᎨᎢ (gvnagei)
WhiteᎤᏁᎦ (unega)
RedᎩᎦᎨ (gigage)
OrangeᎠᏌᎶᏂᎨ (asalonige)
YellowᏓᎶᏂᎨ (dalonige)
GreenᎢᏤᎢᏳᏍᏗ (itseiyusdi)
BlueᏌᎪᏂᎨᎢ (sagonigei)
PurpleᎩᎨᏍᏗ (gigesdi)
PinkᎩᎦᎨᎢᏳᏍᏗ (gigageiyusdi)
GrayᎤᏍᎪᎸ ᏌᎪᏂᎨ (usgolv sagonige)
BrownᎤᏬᏗᎨ (uwodige)

Numbers in Cherokee

Zero
OneᏌᏊ (saquu)
TwoᏔᎵ (tali)
ThreeᏦᎢ (tsoi)
FourᏅᎩ (nvgi)
FiveᎯᏍᎩ (hisgi)
SixᏑᏓᎵ (sudali)
SevenᎦᎵᏉᎩ (galiquogi)
EightᏧᏁᎳ (tsunela)
NineᏐᏁᎳ (sonela)
TenᏍᎪᎯ (sgohi)
ElevenᏌᏚ (sadu)
TwelveᏔᎵᏚ (talidu)
TwentyᏔᎵᏍᎪᎯ (talisgohi)
Thirty (tso so-go)
Forty (nu-gi so-go-hi-ne)
Fifty (hi-s-gi so-go-hi)
Sixty (su-da-li s-go-hi)
Seventy (ga-li-qua s-go-hi)
Eighty (ne-la s-go-hi)
Ninety (so-ne-la s-go-hi)
Hundred (a-go-hi-tsu-qui)
Thousand (sa-quo I-ya-ga-yv-li)

Cherokee Verbs

To be
To have
To want
To need
To help
To go
To come
To eat
To drink
To speak

Building Simple Sentences

More Complex Cherokee Sentences

And
Or
But
Because
With
Also
However
Neither
Nor
If
Then

Useful Cherokee Vocabulary

Cherokee Questions

Who
What
When
Where
Why
How
How many
How much

Days of the Week in Cherokee

MondayᎤᎾᏙᏓᏉᏅᎯ (unadodaquohnvhi)
TuesdayᏔᎵᏁᎢᎦ (talineiga)
WednesdayᏦᎢᏁᎢᎦ (tsoineiga)
ThursdayᏅᎩᏁᎢᎦ (nvgineiga)
FridayᏧᎾᎩᎶᏍᏗ (junagilosdi)
SaturdayᎤᎾᏙᏓᏈᏕᎾ (unadodaquidena)
SundayᎤᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᎬ (unadodaquasgv)
Yesterday
Today
Tomorrow

Months in Cherokee

JanuaryᏚᏃᎸᏔᏂ (dunolvtani)
FebruaryᎧᎦᎵ (kagali)
MarchᎠᏄᏱ (anuyi)
AprilᎧᏩᏂ (kawani)
MayᎠᎾᎠᎬᏘ (anaagvti)
JuneᏕᎭᎷᏱ (dehaluyi)
JulyᎫᏰᏉᏂ (guyequoni)
AugustᎦᎶᏂᎢ (galonii)
SeptemberᏚᎵᎢᏍᏗ (duliisdi)
OctoberᏚᏂᏅᏗ (duninvdi)
NovemberᏄᏓᏕᏆ (nudadequa)
DecemberᎥᏍᎩᎦ (vsgiga)

Seasons in Cherokee

Winter
Spring
Summer
Autumn

Telling Time in Cherokee

What time is it
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
O clock
Half
Quarter past
Before
After