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)..
Reply to Petra's question December 14, 2004 7:46 AM
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..
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 changes...it's often only phonetic.)
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.
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