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12 years ago
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I have spelled the Cherokee words the way they sound to me.. . The Cherokee Tslagi language is much easier then English and the words are almost musical and flow very easy from one word to the next.. Here is a rule of thumb the thing that has a living spirit always comes first and the higher order spirit comes first so an animal would always come before an insect .... 

Take it slow and I will teach more as you learn..


By using these 12 commands a Cherokee could give anyone instructions..Try the sit command and practice saying it faster and faster..

1. Sit .. (day gahhtsee lou gaah) it sounds like day gots see lou gaah
2. Stay ...  (Gaah tee dees dee)  (dees is like the plural of D or more than one d is D's)
3. Leave it. ( kaah no hee) we don't have a word for leave it..we just say leave.. I suppose one could say It Leave which would be ( Naahs gee Gee rhyms with tea  Kaah no hee)  I would suggest saying Kaah no hee
4. wait...(Tee dees dee
5. come....(Aah nee )
6. Heel...  ( gaah dee gee nee) Gee nee is the short version sounds like Genie, like in the bottle type..
7. stand...(Aah laah dee)
8. gently.. We don't have a gently we say gentle which is (uuu daah tee)  Uuu rhyms with you
9. look at me..We would not say look at me we would just say see and point to ourself.. See is (aah go waah dee)
10. Back up..There is no phrase for back up we would say back.. (aah tsaavs too dee)..
11. touch... (aah naahs dee)
12,Stop...(Haa lay wees daah)
12 years ago

Hi James I have a couple of questions,

1/ are all G sounds hard or are there the soft sounds as in Egg?

2/ are there different words or enunciation for women?

sincerely Petra

Reply to Petra's question
12 years ago
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From: Petra C
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 7:23:43 AM
Hi James I have a couple of questions,1/ are all G sounds hard or are there the soft sounds as in Egg?2/ are there different words or enunciation for women?sincerely Petra*blackcat*
There are both long sounding G sounds and short sounding ones..When the sound is short and they are written using the English alphabet they are shown as "gv" when the sound is long it is shown as "ga"..I don't spell the words the way they would be spelled in a dictionary I spell them the way they sound to me phonetically..  As far as I know there are no special words or enunciation for women but I am not a linguist and I don't know if there is or not.. My teacher only taught one way for girls and boys and my parents spoke some words differently than the teacher taught us but my mom and her mom didn't speak any words that were just for women as far as I know..I doubt if the Cherokees had a different way for women to speak because they really believed in the equality of men and women and actually Cherokee women were the real leaders of the tribe..Some of the other tribes may have had a different way for women to speak but I really don't know..
Running Fox
12 years ago

I just wanted to thank you for sharing your wisdom, it is greatly appreciated

I was wondering if I could trouble you, I was wondering if you

would translate a few words for  if you can  ... know reading it on the computer is much different than hearing, I am going to do my best to spell them the way they sound...

Ah ya

oo k ta na

Is there a cherokee word for Falcon I was told  -  To woo dah

but that is Hawk isn't it ? 

Also are there different dialects? I have a friend that speaks Cherokee also ( have not seen him in a while, unfortunatly)  but we pronounce some of the words differently?

A link
12 years ago

Here is a link that those interested in the Cherokee language may be interested in:

The Cherokee language differs from other Native American dialects in that they actually had their own syllabus, or alphabet which gave them their own written language.  Other NA dialects were spoken word only (so, when they're "translated" in the English alphabet, the spelling's often only phonetic.)

Personal words..
12 years ago

Here are 10 More Cherokee words..

I in Cherokee is pronounced as Aah yahh in one dialect and A yah in the other

You is Nee Hee

Man is aa sss gah  yahh

Woman is agay yaah

Child is aa yo lee

Father is ee doe daah

Mother is Eh tsee

Grandfather is ee due daah

Grandmother is ee lee see

Family is see daah nay luh  Most Cherokee say Sidnalah or sidnalu

12 years ago
It is the cold and flu season and a lot of folks including Cherokee familes fix chicken soup..These are some words that go with chicken soup..
Sweet------------------oou gaah naahs da 
Sour-------------------tsue naht sews dee
Bitter-----------------oou yavs dee
Hot------------------ oou dee tle gah
Cold-----------------oou yahv tlive
Soup-----------------ou gah ma
Chicken----------- tsah tah gah
11 years ago

I have been asked for a literal transltion of the words to the Tsaligi version of Amazing Grace..I am not knowledgeable enough to do this yet...I would apreciate any help that you can give....Wado


11 years ago
"Amazing Grace"

u ne la nv hi u we tsi
I ga gu yv he i
hna quo tso sv wi u lo se
I ga gu yv ho nv
a se no i
u ne tse i
I yu no du le nv
ta li ne dv tsi tsi li
u dv ne u ne tsa
amazing Grace
11 years ago
I have the words...I need the literal translation....what do each of the words meen.....some i know...but not enough for the translation..............Wado ...........yonausdi
Hope this helps
11 years ago

"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,   
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

T'was Grace that taught...
my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear...
the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares...
we have already come.
T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far...
and Grace will lead us home.

The Lord has promised good to me...
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be...
as long as life endures.

When we've been here ten thousand years...
bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise...
then when we've first begun.

"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,   
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see."

amazing grace
11 years ago

what i need to know is....if i were to say to a tsalagi speaking person ...u ne la nv hi u we tsi... what would i have said?

u ne hla nv hi...would be creator would it not?

what is ...u we tsi?

I still have much to learn...thank you for your time and patience

11 years ago

It would be

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound.

11 years ago
Ok, I can't teach you our lanuage, but you are right in that Unelanvhi means Creator or GOD and Uwetsi means SON so that it would actually mean Son of GOD and adadolisdi actually means grace but you have to remember that all of our words can't translate into English that our translation of English is used to fit into our language and that this song is unusual in that we sometimes call it our "National Anthem." 2 remind us about the Trail of Tears.
11 years ago
No agasesdodi igvnedi, glad I could alisdelvdi. 
11 years ago
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