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A Few Words in Cherokee/Tsalagi
Last updated 04-14-02

Please read the information at the top before writing to me with translation requests. Thank you!

  From my books, I have chosen to list some words, both that have been requested a lot, and then some that I think may be interesting or useful.

Remember, there are lists of animal names §  nouns §  adjectives §  verbs §  names  §  miscellaneous items.

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Pronounciation
   Vowel Sounds
a: as in father or short as in rival
e: as in hate or short as in met
i: as in pig or short as in pit
o: as in note approaching aw in law
u: as (oo) in fool or short as in pull
v: as (u) in but, nasalized

   Consonant Sounds
g: nearly as in English, approaching k
d: nearly as in English, approaching t
h, k, l, m, n, q, s, t, w, and y as in English

  Note that do, du and dv are sounded as to, tu and tv in some words, in fact to, tu and tv could have had their own symbols according to some. Since they don't, the symbols used are still do, du and dv.
 
   Other things to note
Sometimes vowels are unvoiced, when this is the case, I have used parenthesis around the appropriate syllable (a common transcription). Note that the consonant of that syllable is still pronounced, with the preceeding syllable.
EXAMPLE: mock is a-ye-(li)-di and pronounced a-yel-di
However, if I put two vowels in parenthesis, it represents alternate forms.
EXAMPLE: crow is ko-g(i)(a) which means that ko-gi or ko-ga are both correct.

  Also,
A ? represents a glottal stop, like the sound between the syllables of Uh-Oh.
A : after a vowel means that this vowel is doubled, taking twice as long to say.
An ' after a syllable shows an accent on that syllable.
An ' after the consonant of a syllable shows that a vowel has been left out.
The syllables with "ts" can be pronounced with a "j" sound.

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Animals (and some related words)
Ehna?i

alligator (also means iron pot) ... tsu-la-s-gi
animal ... ga-na-tla-i
ant ... do-sv-da-li
antelope ... a-wi-yu-sti
antlers ... a-wi-tsu-yo-ni
armadillo ... u-ya-s-ga-li

badger ... i-no-li
bait, fish ... a-su-di ga-(to)-di
bareback (literally without saddle) ... ni-ga-ya-hu-lv-na
bat ... tla-me'-ha
bay, horse ... u-wo-di-ge so-qui-li
beast (lit. 4 legged) ... nv-gi di-ga-nv-sa-di
beaver, beavers ... do'-ya
bear, bears ... yo-n(v)(a)
bed bug ... ga-lu-i-s-di
bee ... wa-du-li:-si
beef ... wa-ka ha-wi-ya
beef, fattened ... wa-ka ga-li-(tsa)-ta-nv
bird, birds ... tsi'-s'qua
blackbird ... tsi-s-qua-li-s-da
blackfox ... gv-ni-ge-tsu-li
blacksnake (climber) ... ga-le-gi
bluebird ... tsa-quo'-la-de
bluejay ... tla-i?-ga
boar ... si-qua tsu-ka-nv-s-de-na
bobcat, bobcats ... gv-he
buffalo, buffaloes ... ya'-n'-s-si' or yansa
bull ... tsu-ka-nv-s-de-na
bullfrog ... kan'-nu-na
butterfly ... ka-ma-ma
buzzard ... su-li:

camel ... ke-mi-li
cardinal ... to-tsu'-hwa
cat, cats ... we-s(a)(i)
catfish ... tsu-li-s-da-na:-li or tsu-n'-li-s-da-na'-li
centipede ... tsu-ga-no-tsi
chickadee ... tsi-ga-li:-li
chicken, chickens ... tsi-ta:-ga
chipmunk ... ki-yu:-ga
cobra ... kwa-n-da-i-o-ha
collar, horse ... u-na-ha-tlv-di
cow, cattle ... wa-ga
cowhide ... wa-ka ga-ne-ga
crawfish ... tsi:-s-dv-na
cricket ... ta-la-du
crow ... ko:-g(a)(i)

dead, animal ... u-li-wo-tsv-i
deer (singular and plural) ... v'-s-gi-yi OR a-wi
dog, dogs ... gi-tli
donkey (long-eared) ... di-ga-li-nv'-hi-dv
donkeys ... di-ni-ga-li-nv'-hi-dv
dove, or pigeon ... wo:-ya
dove, mourning (lit. cries for acorns) ... gu-le di-s-go-ni
dragonfly ... wa-da-du-ga
drake, male duck ... ka-wo-nu a-tsv-ya
duck ... ka-wo:-n(i)
ducklings ... ka-wo-nu a-ni-dv

eagle ... wo-ha'-li
earthworm ... u-tsi:-ya or u-ni-tsi:-ya
eel ... tlv-de-ga
elephant ... ka-ma-ma (this is also the word for butterfly, it has to do with ears.)
elk ... a-wi e-qua
ewe ... a-gi-si u-no-de-na

fawn ... ah-wi a-gi-na
fish ... a-tsa?-di
flea ... chu-h-ga
fly ... tvh?-ga
flying squirrel ... te-wa
fox, foxes ... tsu'-(t)la'
fox, red ... tsu-la u-wo-di-ge
fox sparrow ... wa:-kv:-ta
frog ... wa-lo-si
fur ... u-wu-ya-ta-nv

geese ... sa-sa-u-ni-go-di
giraffe ... ga-lv-n-di a-ls-da-gi-s-gi
goat ... u'-k(a)-so?-tsa-ne-dv
goats ... u-na-k(s)-so-tsa-ne-dv
goose ... sa:-sa
grasshopper ... to-la-tsga
green snake ... se-la-gwo-ya
groundhog ... o'-ga-na'
ground squirrel ... gi-yu-ga
grubs ... s-go-yi OR tsv'-s-go'-yi
guinea, fowl ... gu-que-tsu-(na)-s-di
guinea pig ... oh-we-li

hawk ... to-wo'-d(i)
heifer ... wa-ka a-gi-na
hoot owl ... u-gu-ku
hornet ... ka-n(a)-ts(i)-s-de-tsi
horse, horses ... so'-qui-li
horsefly ... da-ma-ga
hounddog ... gi-hli di-ga?-le-nv-hi-da
howl ... ge-lu-hv-s-di
hummingbird ... wa-le-li

jack rabbit ... tse-gi tsi-s-du

kangaroo ... di-lta-de-gi tsi-s-de-tsi yu-s-di
katydid ... si-gi-gi

leopard ... tlv-da-tsi u-nv-tsa-di
lion ... tla-da-tsi or hlv-da-ji
livestock ... ga-na-hla?-i
lizard ... ti-yo'-ha-li'
locust ... lo-lo
louse, lice ... ti:-na

meadowlark (also means star) ... no:-k(i)'-si'
mink ... e:-tli
mole ... to-ni:-qua
monkey ... a-da-le-s-gi-yi'-s-gi or a-n'-da-le-s-gi-yi'-s-gi
mosquito ... do-sa
moth ... wa-so-hla
mourning dove ... gu-le di-s-go-hni-hi
mouse ... tsi-s-de-tsi
mud dauber ... di-guhl-di-s-gi

otter ... tsi-ya)
owl ... wa-hu-hi
oyster ... da-gv-na

panther, panthers (also means large wildcat) ... tlv-da-tsi'
perch ... a-go:-li OR a-ni-go:-li
pig, pigs ... si'-qua
polar bear ... yo-na u-ne-ga
porcupine ... di-li tsu-tsa-o-s-di
o'possum (lit. smiling pig) ... si-quu:-tse-ts' OR u-tse-tsdi

quail ... guhgwe

rabbit, rabbits ... tsi'-s(a)-du
raccoon, raccoons ... kv-tli
rat ... tsi-s-de-tsi
rattlesnake ... u-tso'-n(a)-ti' or u-n'-tso'-n'-ti'
redbird ... to-tsu-hwa
robin ... tsi-s-gwo-gwo rooster ... a-tsv'-ya
roosters ... a-ni-tsv'-ya

sapsucker ... kv-gwo:-ha
scorpion ... tsi-s-dv-na a-da-tsv-i-s-gi
sheep (woolly) ... u-no-de:-n(a)
sheep (plural) ... u-ni-no-de:-n(a)
skunk, skunks ... di?-li
snake ... i'-na-dv
snapping turtle ... sa-li-gu-gi
spider ... ka-na-ne'-s-gi
spiders ... a-ni-ka-na-ne'-s-gi
squirrel ... sa-lo-li

tadpole OR toad ... teh?ga
terrapin ... da-ksi
tick ... gu-ga-(i)
tiger ... hlv-da-tsi
turkey ... gv-na
turtle ... dv(ga)si
turtle, snapping ... sa-le-gu-gi
turtle, softshell ... u-la-no

wasp ... ka-n(a)-ts(i)-s-de-tsi
water mocassin ... u'-ga-n'-te:-na or (plural) u-ni-ga-n'-te:-na
weasel (lit. yellow rat) ... d-lo'-ni-ge tsi-s-de-tsi
whippoorwill ... tsgwa-le-gwa-la
winter wren ... tsi-s-tsi-s OR tsi-tsi
wolf, wolves ... wa-hya OR wa-ya
woodrat ... ka-niw-ksa u-ta-na
worms ... s-go-yi OR tsv-s-go'-yi
wren ... tse-ni'

yellowjacket ... tsa-s-ga-ya
yellow mockingbird ... hu-hu

zebra ... so-gwi-li tsu-lv-da-nv-ni

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Adjectives and some Adverbs

above ... ga-lv-la-di-dla
absolute ... u-to-hi-yu-hi-ya
abundant ... gv-wa-lo-sv-s-di
accurate ... ka-li- di-do-(la)-gi
active ... gv-hna-ga-l-s-di
alive ... gv-hna   or gv-hno-da
afloat ... u-hyo-lu-ha
afraid ... a-s-ga-ha
alert ... gv-ni-ga-(li)-s-di
all ... ni-ga-dv
alone ... u-wa-sa
amazed ... a-s-gwa-ni-ga-sa
angry ... u-hna-lv-ha
another ... so?-i
anxious ... u-we-li-hi?-a
approximately ... d-lv
at home ... di-da-ne-lv?i OR u-wo-h-la

bad ... u-yo?-i
backwards ... a-si-ni
bashful ... u-de-ho-sa-ti
beautiful ... u-wo-du-hi
behind ... o-hni-di-dla
big ... e-qua
bold ... ni-ga-na-ye-s-gv-na
bright ... tsu-lv-sa-da
broken ... u-yo-tsv-hi

central,center ... a-ye-li
changing ... ga-ne-tli-yv-s-gv
clean ... `u-da-`nv-ga-`lv-da
crazy, insane ... u-lv-no-ti-s-gi

dark ... u-(la)-si-ga
deep ... a-s-dv-ka
dirty ... ga-da-`ha-i
downstream ... ge?i
eager ... a-ga-tli-yi

fast ... ga-ya-`nu-la
fat ... ga-li-tso-hi-da
fighting ... ja-tli-ti
free ... a-se-quu-i

gentle ... u-da-(nv)-ti
good ... o-s-da

happy ... a-li-he-li-s-di
hardest or loudest ... wa-s-ta-yv (also tautest)
healthy or well ... to-hi or do-hi(also serene or peaceful)
heavy ... ga-ge-da
helpful ... a-(li)-s-de-li-s-gi
honored ... ga-lv-la-di (also famous, high or prominent)

immediately ... gi-la-quu i-yv-da
important ... u-li-s-ge-da
in ... ha-wi-(na)di-tlv
insane ... nu-da-nv-dv-na
indigenous ... e-hi-ya?i

light, weight ... ga-sa-ka
like, similar ... na-s-gi-ya-i
like, the same ... u-tlo-i
little ... `u-sti
little, tiny, small(as in a baby) ... u-s-di
lonely or lonesome ... u-hi-so-di
lost, person is ... u-le-na-hi-dv
loud ... a-s-da-ya
lovely ... u-ge-yu-di
low ... e-la-di
lower ... e-la-di-ge
lowest ... e-la-di-ge-s-to-di
loyal ... u-wo-hi-yu-hi

mad, as in mad dog ... u-hna-lv-hi
mad, I am ... a-gi-hna-lv
many ... u-go-di-di
marked ... go-we-la-nv-hi
mighty ... wu-li-ni-gv-gv
mild ... wa-ni-ga-la
mine or my ... a-ua-tse-li
miscellaneous ... tsu-da-le-nv-da
miserable ... u-tso-se-di
mistaken ... ga-li-da-s-ta-nv
moist ... ga-du-li-da
muddy ... tla-wo-du-hi
mysterious ... u-s-qua-ni-(go)-di-yu

naked ... u-ye-lv-ha
named ... da-go-v-gi
nasty ... u-ne-(li)-di
national ... gv-na-de-na
near (also means by) ... na-v-i
nearer ... na-(v)-ni-ge-i
nearest ... na-(v)-ni-ge-s-to-di
nearly ... na-(v)-ni-ge-s-di
neat, clean ... u-da-nv-ga-lv-da
new ... a-tse
next ... so-i
nice ... o-s-da
noiseless ... nu-no-yv-gv-na
none ... ka-ni-gi-dv notorious ... tsu-da-no-tsa-li
not ... na-s-gi-ni-ge-sv-na
numb ... u-wa-sv-hi
numerous ... u-go-di-di
nutty ... so-hi-i-yu-s-di

obedient ... u-wo-hi-yu-hi
obscene ... u-so-nv-i
obsolete ... a-di-nv-da
obvious ... a-gv-ni
occasional ... i-yu-da-li-ha-i
odd ... tsu-da-le-hna-i
of ... v-hna-i
often ... i-yu-da-li-ha
oily ... go-i-ha
okay ... ho-wa
old, person ... a-gv-yv-li
old, object ... u-we-ti
on top ... ga-du
opposite ... a-na-di-tlv
ordinary ... tsu-tsa-ta-quu
original ... a-le-(nv)-di-s-gv
over, to throw over ... ga-wo-hi-(lv)-to-di
over, more than ... ga-wo-hi-tsa-hi
overdue ... u-lo-sv-nv-hi
overhead ... ga-lv-la-di-tlv

painful ... e-hi-s-di
pale ... u-s-go-lv
peculiar ... a-se-gi
plaid ... u-na-lo-i-da
poison ... a-da-hi-hi
popular ... u-ni-lv-quo-di
positive ... u-do-hi-yu
precious ... ga-lv-quo-di
proud ... u-tlv-quo-di
restless ... a-tso-se-s-di
round ... ga-sa-qua-lv

safe ... ni-ga-na-ye-gv-na
slow u-ska-`no-la
smokey ... tsu-ga-sv-s-di
smooth ... u-wa-na-de-s-ge
soft ... wa-ni-ge-i
sticky ... ga-ya-lv-gi
stink ... ga-(wa)-sv-gv
strong ... uh-li-ni-gi-da
sweet ... u-ga-na-s-da

thankful ... ga-li-he-li-s-di
thundering ... a-yv-da-ua-lo
together ... u-na-li-go-ha
true ... u-to-hi-`yu

unfinished ... u-da-lu-li

wild ... ge-ya-da-hi
with ... u-tlo-ya-s-di

young ... a-da-hi OR a-wa-ni-ta
younger ... a-yo-li-ge
youngest ... a-yo-li-ge-s-to-di


Adverbs

down ... e-la-di
downstream ... ge?i
honestly ... du-yu-(yo)-dv
quickly ... u-si-nu-li
quite ... na-v-ni-ge-s-do-di
slowly ... u-s-ga-no-la
sometime ... yv-da-ha
somewhat ... na-s-gi-ya-dv-na
somewhere ... na-hna-hi-lv-tlv
soon ... nu-li-s-dv
sooner ... tle-ga-ge-s-di
still ... to-i
up ... ga-lv-la-ti-tli

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Verbs

Simple Verbs...

accomplish, succeed ... a-s-qua-di-s-di
anticipate ... u-du-gi e-li-s-di
apologize ... go-hi-yu-to-di o-li-da-s-ta-nv
approve ... go-hi-yu-to-di
approved ... go-hi-yu-ta-no-nv
arise, from sitting ... di-le-di
arise, from bed ... a-di-di
ascend ... a-l-sa-la-di?a or ka-na-lu-s-ga
ate ... `a-`ga

bite ... u-yu-si-di

change ... ga-ne-tli-yv-s-di
changed ... ga-ne-tli-yv-da
changing ... ga-ne-tli-yv-s-gv
come ... nv-la
cover ... gu-h-lv-s-ga<

dance ... a-(li)-s-gi-s-di
deliver ... wa-di
delivered ... wa-nv-hi
determine ... di-gu-(go)-to-di
die ... a-yo-hu-hi-s-di
died, person ... u-yo-hu-sv
died, animal ... u-li-wo-tsv
different, variations ... tsu-da-le-h-nv-da
dream ... a-s-gi-tsga

eat ... hi-`gi

fear ... una-ye-hi-s-di
forgive ... u-ne-la-gi a-da-de-li-se-di

get ... hi-gi
give ... a-da-ne-di
go ... ha-ni-gi

have ... u-ha
heal ... ka-nv-wo-di
help ... a-li-s-de-lv-di
help up ... da-le-h-di-ha
hold in hand ... a-h-ye-ha
honor ... a-da-lv-quo-di
hunt ... ga-no-ha-li-do-ha

is ... ge-sv-i

joke ... ga-we-(tlv)-di
join ... a-de-la-di-s-di
judge ... di-gu-(ga)-di-s-gi
jump ... di-(li)-ta-di-nv-di

keep ... a-s-qua-ni-go-to-di
kindle ... go-i-so-di
kiss ... a-da-ta-we-to-di
kneel ... di-(li)-ni-qua-nv-di
know ... o-(nv)-dv

laugh ... u-ye-tsa-s-gv
lay down ... a-di-?a
lead ... ga-ni
learn ... a-de-(lo)-qua-s-di
learning ... a-na-de-lo-quo-s-gv
leave out ... ka-no-hi-ya-s-di
legislate ... di-ka-no-wa-dv-s-di di-go-tlv-di
let ... a-(li)-s-go-(lv)-ta-nv
lick ... a-ga-na-di-s-di
like (to like) ... ga-lv-(quo)-do-di
listen, you ... hha-dv-da-s-da lit (to light) ... a-tsv-s-da-di
locate ... a-wa-ta-(nv)-hi
lose ... a-da-yo-hu-se-di
love (to love) ... a-da-ge-yu-di

praise ... ga-lv-quo-do-di
promise ... a-du-ya-s-to-di

reason ... u-ye-h-l-di
rescue ... a-da-s-de-(lv)-di
ride ... a-gi-lv-di
run ... at-li

shake ... a-te-lv-hv-s-ga
sit ... a-(li)-s-dv-tlu-gv
speak ... hi-ne-gv
stand ... a-le-di
standing ... ga-do-da
still ... to-i
stop ... ha-le-`wi-sta
strike ... gv-h-ni-ha

teaching ... da-de-yo-hv-s-gv
thank ... a-li-he-li-tse-ha
think ... a-da-n-h-te-ha
trust ... ho-wa-a-ye-(lv)-di
try ... ha-`nel-`ta

unite ... a-li-(go)-di

walk ... e-la-di e-da-s-di OR a?i
walks around ... e-do-ha

Not as simple...
what are they doing? ... ga-do-a-na-du-ne
I believe ... a-quo-`hi-yu
I believed ... a-quo-hi-`yu-nv
I will believe ... da-`go-hi-yu-`ni
I'm going ... `ge-`ga
I was going ... `ge-gv-`i
I will be going ... `ge-ges-`ti

I hear ... ga-`tv-gi
I heard ... ak-dv-`ga-nv
I will hear ... ga-`ga-dv-`ga-ni
I hit it ... `gv-`ni-`ga
I will hit it ... dv-`gv-ni-`la
I see ... `tsi-go-`ti
I saw ... a-gi-go-`hv
I will see him or her ... da-`tsi-go-`i

I am speaking ... Tsi-wo-ni-hu.
I'm talking ... tsi-`wo-ni
I talked ... gi-`wo-ni-`sv
I will talk ... da-tsi-`wo-ni-`si
I'm thankful ... ga li `e li `ga
I was thankful ... a qua li `he li tsv
I'll be thankful ... ga li `e li `ges `ti

I think ... ge-`li
I thought ... ge-`lis gv
I will think ... ge-`lis-ges-`ti
I'm tired ... da gi yo `we ga
I was tired ... da gi yo `we gv
I'll be tired ... da gi yo `we ges `ti

I want ... a-qua-du-`li
I wanted ... a-qua-du-`lis-ge-sti
I will want ... a-qua-du-`lis-ge-sti
I wanted(two or more items) ... `da-qua-du-`li
I will want(two or more items) ... da-qua-`lis-`ge-sti

I'm working ... da-gi-`lv-wi-sta-`ne
I was working ... da-gi-`lv-wi-sta-ne-`hv
I will be working ... da-gi-`lv-wi-sta-ne-`he sti
I don't understand ... `tla-i-`go-li-`ga
I didn't understand ... tla-ya-quol-`tsi-i
I won't understand ... tla-i-ge-go-`li-`ga
 
I'm hungry ... a-gi-`yo-si
I'm going to eat ... da-ga-li-sta-yvn
I will eat later ... go hi u da ga li sta yv ni
I am eating ... ga li sta yv hv sga
I have eaten ... a qual sta yv nu
I was hungry ... a gi `yo sis gv i
I'll be hungry ... a gi `yo sis `ges ti

You eat ... ha-li-s-ta-yv hv-s-ga
He/she will eat ... da-li-s-ta-yv-ni
They are eating ... a-nv-li-s-ta yv-hv-s-ga
Do you want to eat? ... tsadulis tsaldati
What am I eating ... ga-do-u-s-ti-tsi-gi
Pass me (food item) ... de-skv-si (this is used for solid foods)
Pass me(drink, gravy) ... e-s-gi-ne-hv-si
Are you hungry? ... ja-yo-si-ha-s?
 
I'm going home ... dv ge `si-di `quenv `sv i
I will go home ... a `qua ni gi ses `ti
Today I'm going ... ko `hi i ga-ge `ga
I went yesterday ... sv `hi-wa qua do `lv
I will go tomorrow ... su na `le-da ge `si
I'm going to town ... di`ga du `hv-ge `ga
I've been to town ... di`ga du hv-wi ge `da
I will go to town ... di`ga du`hv-a qua `nv ses `ti
I'm going to work ... da gi `lv wi sta `le `ga
I went to work ... da ge `lv wi sta ne `le `sv
I will be working ... da gi `lv wi sta ne `he `sti
I'm going to eat ... da-ga-`lis-`ta-yv-`ni
I'm riding with him ... tsi`tsa-ne
I rode with him ... tsi`tsa-ne-lv
I will ride with him ... da-tsi`tsa-ne-`li
 
We are going(two people) ... o-`ste-`ga
We have been(two people) ... wo-`ste-`da
We will go(2 people) ... o `ste ge `sti
We didn't understand ... tla-yo gi nol 'tse i
We will be working ... do gi ni`lv wi sta ne 'hes `ti
We are going to move(two people) ... da `yo sta da nv `si
We are going(3 or more people) ... o`tse `ga
You stay home (1 person) ... tso `le `sti
Go with me(one person) ... kstaqua du `ga
 
He/she ate ... ul-`sta-yv-`nv
He/she believes ... u-`wo-hi`yu
He/she is eating ... al-`sta-yv-`hv-sga
He/she hit it ... gvn`ga
he/she is hunting ... ga-no-ha-li-do-ha
He/she is laughing ... u-yets-`ga
He/she was laughing ... u-yets-`ga-`i
He/she sees ... a-go-`ti
He/she will see ... u-go-`hv
He/she is singing ... de-ka-no-`gi
He/she sang ... du-no-`gi-sv
He/she will sing ... do-da-ka-no-`gi-si
He/she is talking ... ga-`wo-ni
He/she thinks ... e-`li
He/she thought ... e-`li-sgv
He/she will think ... e-`li-s-ge-s-`ti
He/she is working ... du-`lvw-sta-ne-`i
 
That is mine ... is `na-a-qua-`tse-`li
This is my house ... hi `ya-gal tso `de aqua `tse `li
This is my car ... hi `ya-a tso do `di-a qua `tse `li
This is my wife ... hi `ya-ak sta `yv hv `sga
This is my son/daughter ... hi `ya-a que `tsi
This is ours ... a gi na `tse `li
This is our house ... hi `ya-gal tso`de-o gi na `tse `li
This is our car ... hi `ya-a tso do `di o gi na `tse `li
This is our child ... hi `ya-ogi `ne tsi
Is this yours? ... hi `yas-tsa `tse `li
Is this where you live? ... hi `yas-di `ste nv `sv

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To help you find a word don't forget about that "find" function on your browser, to save you a lot of scrolling.

  Also, I would like to reiterate that I am not a native speaker of Cherokee, and in fact, I know very little of my personal ancestors. However, I have been able to find some very excellent resources for studying the Cherokee, or Tsalagi, language.

Some specific resources:

My In Print page has a more complete list of books that you might find interesting, as well as a page of music resources. Stay tuned for VHS and DVD links soon.

  First, check out
Beginning Cherokee
by Ruth Bradley Holmes and Betty Sharp Smith
ISBN:0-8061-1463-0

This book has cassette tapes that go with it and give the pronounciations for all the Tsalagi words in the lessons. Considering how important pitch is in Cherokee, I recommend such audio resources. This book is available at Amazon.com .

  Next, try this terrific reference,
Cherokee English Dictionary
by Durbin Feeling
ISBN number not given
It was published by the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and printed by Heritage Printing, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. I came across this book at a Pow-Wow. This book is also available at Amazon.com

  Another wonderful book is the trade size volume by Prentice Robinson, a bilingual speaker of Cherokee, and teacher of the language. It is called
Easy to Use Cherokee Dictionary.
For more info, write to the Cherokee Language and Culture Center at
4158 East 48th Place
Tulsa, OK 24135-4739

This book really is very easy to use and a great resource.

Cherokee Words With Pictures
by Mary Ulmer Chiltoskey
Library of Congress card number 72-76716

This is a small pamphlet style dictionary with some additional historical information

  A fun sort of book, and useful for someone who wants to pick up conversational Cherokee is
How to Talk Trash in Cherokee
English portions by Don Grooms
Cherokee by John Oocumma

It was published by
Downhome Publishing Company
3702 NW 6th St.
Gainesville, FL 32069


Nouns

abode ... ga-ne-lv
act ... i-ya-dv-ne-di
actor or actress ... a-dv-ne-li-s-gi
addict ... u-ga-na-si-s-gi
address ... na-na ge-sv wa-se-s-di
advantage ... a-tla-nv-da-di-s-gv
adventure ... a-ne-(lv)-to-di
agent ... a-tsi-nv-si-da-s-di
agriculture ... di-ga-lo-go-di
air ... u-no-le
airplane ... tsi-yu ga-no-hi-li-to-hi
alarm ... a-da-s-ga-s-da-ne-di<
alcohol ... a-ma a-su-yv-di wi-s-gi
algebra ... di-se-s-di u-gv-wa-li
alias ... nu-da-le du-to-i
ally ... a-li-(go)-di
ancestor ... tsu-ni-ga-yv-li-i-yu-(li)-s-ta-nv
angel ... a-ni-da-we-hi
apostle ... a-da-s-da-wa-di-to-hi
apparel ... di-nu-wo-s-di
appetite ... o-yo-si-s-gv
apple ... sv-(ga)-ta
apples ... hi-lv-s-gi sv-(ga)-ta
apricot lit. yellow that hangs ... ka-wo-ni
argument ... di-go-si-so-di
arguments ... da-no-di-di
arithmetic ... di-se-s-di
Arkansas ... yo-wa-ne-gv

beads ... a-de-la-di-ya-tso-di
  string of beads ... a-de-la-di-ya-tlo di
beauty ... u-wo-du
bed ... ga-`ni-tlv-`di-`sti
bedroom ... a-`sv-sti-ka-nv-`su-lv
blame ... a-da-du-hi-s-to-di
blessing ... a-da-do-li-gi
bridge ... a-sv-`tlv-i
brook ... u-de-ya-di-s-di

cab ... yv-wi u-na-tso-to-di
camp ... a-le-wi-s-to-di
cancer ... a-da-ye-s-gi
candy ... ka-(li)-se-tsi
canoe ... tsi-yu u-s-ti
cans ... di-ga-(li)-ta-nv-di
cap ... a-(li)-s-du-lo
car ... `a-`tso-du-`di
carcass ... u-li-wo-tsv-hi
card ... a-qua-ni-yo-s-di
cash ... a-de-lv
center,central ... a-ye-li
century ... s-go-hi-(tsu)-qui tsu-de-ti-yv-di
chain ... u-(na)-da-de-sv-da
chair ... ga-s-gi-lo
chairs ... di-ga-s-gi-lo
chapter ... a-ya-to-lv
check, money ... a-de-lv di-se-hi-s-di
cheese, milk dough ... u-nv-di ga-du-nv
circle ... a-de-yo-ha
city ... ga-du-`hv-i
conduit ... u-sv-do-ni
country ... s-ga-`du-gi

dawn ... u-gi-tsi-s-gv
death, animal ... u-li-wo-s-di
death, person ... a-yo-hu-hi-s-di
delivery ... a-da-ne-di
dirt ... ga-da
disgrace ... u-de-ho-hi-s-di
door ... a-s-`du-di
doorway ... ga-lo-`hi `sti
dream ... a-s-gi-(ti)-s-di
dresser ... di-se-`hi-sti
drum ... a-hu-li
dust ... ko-s-du

ear (my ear) ... tsi-le-ni
  his ear ... ga-le-ni
earring ... a-tli-i-do
earth ... e-lo-hi-no
eternity ... i-go-hi-da
eyes, his/her ... di-(ga)-to-li
eyes, my ... di-tsi-ga-to-li

faith ... go-hi-yu-di
fame ... di-ga-no-tsa-li
family ... du-da-ti-h-na?v?i
feather ... u-gi-da-li
fever ... u-di-le-hv-s-gi
field ... tso-ge-si
fire ... a-tsi-la
floor ... ya-te-no-ha
flower ... hu-tsi-lv-ha or a-ji-lv-s-gi
flyer, lit. something that flies ... a-h-la-wi-di-s-gi
flyer, lit. person who makes it fly ... a-h-la-wi-t-di-s-gi
forest ... a-do-hi
fork ... yv-`gi
freedom ... a-du-da-le-s-di
friend, his/hers ... u-na-li
friend, my ... o-gi-na-li
friends ... tsu-na-li

gain ... u-ne-quo-i-s-di
garden ... a-wi-sv-nv
grass ... ga-`nu-lv
grease ... go-i

happiness ... a-li-he-li-tsi-da-s-di
hair ... u-gi-tli
haven ... ni-ga-na-ve-gv-na na-hna-i (lit. safe place)
hay ... ka-ne-s-ga
health ... a-ye-lv nu-dv-na-de-gv
heart ... a-da-nv-to
highway, big road ... u-`ta-`na-nv-`no-hi
hill ... ga-du-si
home ... o-we-`nv-`sv
honesty ... du-yu-(yo)-dv
hoop ... ga-sa-qua-lv
hope ... u-tu-gi
horn ... u-yo-na
hothouse ... o-si
hotel ... tsu-ni-sv-s-di
hours .. i-tsu-tli-lo-dv
house ... gal-`tso-de
  my house ... a-que-nv-sv
Honeysuckle ... gv-na-gi-tlv-ge-i
hunter ... ga-no-ha-li-do-hi

ice cream ... a-(ga)-da-tlv-da-u-ne-s-da-la
Indian ... a-yv-wi-ya
individual ... a-si-yv-wi-ha
infant ... a-yo-li
instant ... u-li-s-di
iron pot ... tsu-la-s-gi
Island ... u-hna-lu-dv-i
it ... na -s-gi
itself ... ni-da-do-(la)-gv-na

jacket ... ga-sa-le-na
jail ... di-da-s-du-di
jar ... gu-gu tsu-la-s-ga
jaw ... a-yu-ge-ni
jelly ... u-lo-sv-i
joke ... ga-we-(tlv)-di
journal ... de-go-we-lv
journey ... vi-s-vi
joy ... u-li-he-li-s-di
jug ... ga-da-gu-gu
juice ... u-da-ne-nv-hi
justice ... du-yu-(gu)-dv

keeper ... u-(ga)-se-di
king ... u-gv-wi-yu-hi
kitchen ... a-da-`sta-ti
knife ... ha-yel-`sdi

lake, pond, bay ... v-da-li
lamp ... a-`tsv-s-ta
land ... ga-to-hi
lawn ... `o-ni
leaves ... tsu-ga-lo-ga
legend ... nu-(li)-s-ta-ni-to-lv
life ... v-le-ni-to-hv
light, lamp ... a-tsv-s-dv
loss ... a-yo-hv-se-lv

mate ... u-na-li-go-hi
method ... i-gv-ne-di
miracle ... u-s-qua-ni-(go)-di
mist ... ka-nu-yo-la-di?a
moon ... sv-no-yi e-hi nv-da or nv-da (also means sun)
mountain ... o-da-lv?i
music ... di-ka-nu-gi-dv
musical instrument ... di-ka-no-gi-s-di

napkin ... e-s-gi-nv-si
near by, place ... e-s-ga-ni

oneself ... o-wa-sa
other ... so-i
others ... a-ni-so-i

pain ... e-hi-s-dv
pasture ... wa-ka di-yv-to-di
path ... u-s-di nv-no-hi u-lo-hi-s-di
peace ... nv-wa-do-hi-ya-da
people ... yu-wi
person ... si-yv-wi
phone ... di-li-no-`he-`di
pilot ... tsi-yu di-tla-wi-(ti)-di-s-gi
place ... na-hna-i
plate ... `a-se-li-do
praise ... ga-lv-quo-do-di
presence ... e-do-hv-i
pride ... a-tlv-quo-dv

rain ... a-ga-s-ga
rainbow ... u-nv-quo-la-da
rider ... a-gi-lv-di-s-gi
river ... u-we-yv?i OR e-quo-ni
road ... nv-~no-`hi
rock ... nv-ya

scout ... a-ya-(wa)-s-gi
shadow ... tsa-da-yv-la-dv
shell ... u-ya-s-ga
shirt ... a-s-ga-yv u-nu-wo-hi
smoke signal ... tsu-na-lu-gi
snow ... v-(na)-tsi
song ... ka-no-gi-s-di
soul ... a-da-(nv)-to
spirit ... a-da-nv-do
spoon ... a-di-`to-di
spring (of water) ... ga-nu-go-gv?i
star ... no-qui-si
stone ... nv-ya
storehouses ... u-na-wa-da-li
strawberry ... a-nv
stream ... u-we-yv-i
street ... ga-la-`nv-da
strength ... nu-li-ne-gv-gv
student ... di-de-(lo)-qua-s-gi
success ... a-s-gwa-di-s-di
sugar ... ga-li-se-tsi
sun ... nv-do-i-ga-e-hi or nv-da (also means moon)
sunset ... wu-de-li-gv
sunshine ... a-ga-li-ha

table or Chair ... ga-`sgi-lo
teacher ... di-de-yo-hv-s-gi
tears (cry) ... tsu-ga-sa-wo-dv
thunder ... ah-yv-da-gwa-lo-s-gi
tongue ... ga-(nv)-go
town ... ga-du-hv?-i
tracks ... di-la-si-nv
trees ... de-tlu-`gv
truth ... du-yu-(yo)-dv

valley ... u-ge-da-li-yv
vision ... a-go-(wa)-dv-di

walker ... a?i-s-gi
water ... a-ma
wealth ... nu-we-hna-v-i
weight ... nu-da-ge-sv
widow ... u-wo-su-lo-tsv
wind ... u-no-le
window ... tso-`la-`na
world ... e-`lo-`hi

yard ... `o-`ni
young animal, dog or cat ... a-da
young animal, horse or cow ... a-gi-na

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Miscellaneous Items

I Love You ... gv-ge-yu-hi

and ... a-le
 
Place Names...
  I am working on this, more to come I hope.

Tahlequah ... the name tahlequah supposedly comes from a meeting that was going to be held by three chiefs. only two showed up so they waited and waited and then finally said ta-li-qua (two is enough;ta-li meaning two in cherokee)
Tennessee ... State FAQ
Unadilla, a town in Georgia ... This is an Iroquois Indian word rather then Cherokee ... meeting place, or place where rivers meet.
 
People and Kin words...
I ... yv
he ... a-tsv-ya-i
me ... a-`ya
we ... o-gi-na-li-go-hi
you ... ni-hi
the ... hi-a

angel ... a-ni-da-we-hi

baby ... u-`sti
boy ... a `tsu tsa
boys ... ah-choo-jah-a-ni-tsu-tsa

child ... a-yo-li OR a-yo-tli
child ... oo-s-dee-a -`yo-li
children ... di-ni-`yo-tli

egg, child of ... u-we-tsi
elder man ... u-dv-so-nv-hi
elder woman ... a-ga-yv-li-ge
everyone ... ni-ga-du-wu
everybody- na-ni-v-qu-u

family ... si-da-ne-lv
female ... a-ge-yv
friend, his/hers ... u-na-li
friend, my ... o-gi-na-li
friends ... tsu-na-li

girl ... a-ge -`hu-tsa
girls ... ah-gay-hu-ge-jah aneigehutsa

keeper ... u-(ga)-se-di
king ... u-gv-wi-yu-hi

Indian ... a-yv-wi-ya

Jehovah ... yi-ho-wa
Jerusalem ... tsi-lu-si-la-mi
Jesus ... tsi-sa

Lord ... ga-lu-hlo

man, men ... u-we-ji-a-ska-`ya
Medicine man ... di-da-nv-wi-s-gi

someone- gi-lo-a-si-yv-wi
somebody ... gi-lo-i

Warrior ... a-ya-wis-gi or di-tli-hi
  Spirit warrior ... a-da-nv-do di-tli-hi
Witch ... a-tsa-s-gi-li
Wizard ... a-dv-ne-li-s-gi
woman ... `ge ya
women ... ah-gay-yah anigeya

young child ... a-yu-li
young lady ... a-ta
young man ... a-wi-na

 
Kin ... go-hu-sti-a-na-da-dv-ni
brother ... da-nv-tli
brothers ... a-na-da-nv-tli
my brother ... tso-s-da-nv-tli
his brother ... di-na-da-nv-tli
her brother ... u-do-i
brother-in-law ... a-na-lo-si
We are brothers ... tso-s-da-da-a-nv-tli

my sister (female) ... v-gi-lv
my sister (male) ... v-gi-do
her sister ... u-lv
his sister- u-do
They are sisters ... di-na-da-lv
We are sisters ... tso-sda-da-lv

daughter ... u-we-tsi a-ge-hu-tsa
   daughters ... tsu-we-tsi a-ni-ge-hu-tsa
husband ... ah-sa-ga-ya a-ni-ne-la

Mother ... e-`tsi
my mother ... v-ge-tsi
our mother ... e-`tsi
Father ... e-`do-`da
my father ... eh-doh-da-hv-ge-do-da
your father ... tsa-du-da
our father ... o-gi-du-da

Grandmother ... e-li-si
Grandfather ... e-du-di
my grandmother ... v-gi-li-si
my grandfather ... v-gi-du-di
paternal grandmother ... e-ni-si

Aunt ... e-tlo-`gi
their aunt ... u-lo-`gi
Uncle ... e-du-`sti
nephew ... v-gi-wi-na
Cousin ... go-hu-s-di-a-na-da-dv-ni
 
Basic Greetings, and useful phrases...
Hello ... O-si-yo
How are you? ... (t)do-`hi-tsu
I am fine ... (t)`o-si-gwu
Are you fine? ... to-hi-ju
All right ... o-si-gwu
Fine ... o-s-di
Good ... o-s-da
No good ... tla-o-s-da
Okay ... ho wa
Bad ... u-yo-i
Yes, I'm fine ... (t)do`hi-qu-u
And you? ... ni-na
 
Good morning ... o-s-da sunalei
Good evening ... o-s-da sv-hi-ye-yi
Good night ... o-s-da sv-no-i
Please ... ho-wa-tsu
Thank you, thanks ... wa-do
You're welcome ... gv-li-e-li-ga
Welcome ... tsi-lu -gi
Goodbye(speaking to one person) ... do-na-da-`go-v-i
Goodbye(speaking to a group) ... do-`da-ga-g`hv-i
  Goodbye is literally 'until we see each other (meet) again' or 'let's see each other again'
 
for ... na-s-gi-ha-i
Yes ... v (pronounced uh)
No ... tla
Not ... kla
I don't know ... thlah-tla-ya-gwa-n-ta
 
I'm sorry ... gaest-ost yuh-wa da-nv-ta (note, the first part or this is spelled as it is pronounced, I could not find the syllables)
Vision Quest, literally 'to help others' ... ut-stay-llsk (again, this is pronunciation only, I am not sure of correct syllables.)
Good peace ... to-hi-du (A state of body, mind, and Spirit)
What is your name? ... ga-do-de-tsa do
(Your name) is my name, My name is ... da-qua-dov (your name)
This is (name or object) ... hi- a (name)
(Name) is his/her name ... du-do (name)
Where is (name or object) ... ha-tlv...?
Good for you ... o-s-da-du
What is this? ... do-i-s-di-hi-na
What time is it? ... he-la-ya-a-hli-li
Which is it? ... do-u-sdi
Where do you live? ... ha-dlv-hi-he-la
 
Are you Cherokee? ... hi-tsa-la-gi-s
I don't understand ... tla-i-go-li-ga
I know some Cherokee ... ga-yo tsi wo-ni tsa-la-gi
I understand a little Cherokee ... u-s-ti go-li-ga wo-ni tsa-la-gi
I speak a little Cherokee ... u-s-ti tsi wo-ni tsa-la-gi
 
Days, Months and Time words...
Days of the Week ... joh-sgoh
Sunday ... Do-da-gwa-sgv
Monday ... Do-da-wo-hnv
Tuesday ... Ta-li-ne-i-ga
Wednesday ... No-i-ne-i-ga
Thursday ... Nv-gi-ne-i-ga
Friday ... Ju-na-gi-lo-sdi
Saturday ... Do-da-gwi-de-na

January ... Month of the Cold Moon ... du-no-lv-ta-ni
February ... Month of the Bony Moon ... ka-ga-li
March ... Month of the Windy Moon ... a-nu-yi
April ... Month of the Flower Moon ... ka-wa-ni
May ... Month of the Planting Moon ... a-na-a-gv-ti
June ... Month of the Green Corn Moon ... de-ha-lu-yi
July ... Month of the Ripe Corn Moon ... gu-ye-quo-ni
August ... Month of the End of the Fruit Moon ... ga-lo-ni-i
September ... Month of the Nut Moon ... du-li-i-s-di
October ... Month of the Harvest Moon ... du-ni-nv-di
November ... Month of the Trading Moon ... nu-da-de-qua
December ... Month of the Snow Moon ... v-s-gi-ga
 
after ... u-lo-so-nv
daytime ... i-`ga
evening ... sv-hi-ye-yi
ever ... i-yu-quo
forever ...i-go-hi-da-quu-ge-sv
morning ... su-na-le-i
night ... sv-no-i
noon ... `i-ga
now ... nv
today ... ko-hi-`i-`ga
tonight ... ko-`hi-u-`sv
tomorrow ... su-`n-le
 
Numbers ... di-se-s-di
one ... sa-`qu-u-i
two ... `ta-`li
three ... `tso-`i
four ... `nv-`gi
five ... `hi-s-`gi
six ... su-da-`li
seven ... ga-li-`quo-`gi
eight ... (t)su-`ne-la
nine ... `so-`ne-`la
ten ... s-go-`hi

eleven ... sa-du-i
twelve ... ta-(li)-di-i
thirteen ... tso-ga-du-i
fourteen ... ni-ga-du-i
fifteen ... s-gi-ga-du-i
sixteen ... da-la-du
seventeen- ... ga-(li)-qua-du
eighteen ... ne-la-du
nineteen ... so-ne-la-du

twenty ... ta-(li)-s-go-hi
twenty-one ... ta-(li)-s-go-sa-quu-i
  leave off the last syllable of the word twenty and add numbers one to nine
thirty ... tso-s-go-hi
forty ... nv-(gi)-s-go-hi
fifty ... hi-(gi)-s-go-hi
sixty ... su-da-(li)-s-go-hi
seventy ... ga-(li)-qua-s-go-hi
eighty ... ne-(li)-s-go-hi
ninety ... so-ne-(li)-s-go-hi
one hundred ... s-go-hi-(tsu)-qui
  for numbers thirty to ninety-nine leave off the last syllable (hi) and add numbers one through nine.
 
Colors...
black ... gv-na-ge-i
blue ... sa-go-ni-ge-i
brown ... u-wo-di-ge
green ... i-tse-i-yu-s-di
gray ... u-s-go-lv sa-go-ni-ge
gold ... da-lo-ni-ge-i
orange ... a-sa-lo-ni-ge
pink ... gi-ga-ge-i-yu-s-di
purple ... gi-ge-s-di
red ... gi-ga-ge
silver ... a-de-lv u-ne-gv
white ... u-ne-ga
yellow ... da-lo-ni-ge

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Names

Alexandria ... e-li-ga-se-na-da ... pronounced ... a-leeg-s-an-da
Amber ... a-(mi)-que ... pronounced ... a'm kway
Amery ... e-me-wi ... pronounced ... a-may-we
Amy .. e-mi ... pronounced ... a-me
Anabela ... e-na-que-la ... pronounced a-na-kway-la
Angel ... e-(ne)-tsa-(la) ... pronounced an-jal
Angela ... e-(ne)-tsa-la ... pronounced an-ja-la
Angie ... e-ni-tsi ... pronounced a-nee-ge
Anita ... a-ni-ta ... pronounced ah-nee-ta
Annie or Anne ... e ni ... pronounced ... a nee
Austin ... o-s-ta (ni) ... pronounced ... os-tan

Barbara ... qua-qua-a ... pronounced kwa-kwa-a
Becky, Beckie ... que-gi ... pronounced kway-ge
Bess, Bessie ... que-si ... pronounced kway-see
Betsy ... que-(ti)-si ... pronounced kwayt-see
Beverly ... que-qui-li ... pronounced ... kway-kwe-lee
Bill, Billy ... wi-li ... pronounced ... we-lee
Brandy ... qua-na-di ... pronounced kwa-na-de
Brenda ... que-ni-da ... pronounced kway-nee-da
Bridget ... qui-tsi-ti ... pronounced kwe-ji-te

Camille ... ka-mi-li ... pronounced ... ka-me-lee
Caren ... ge-qua-ni ... pronounced ... gay-kwa-nee
Carl ... ka-li ... pronounced ... ka-lee
Carole ... ka-quo-li pronounced ... ka-kwo-lee
Carrie ... ge-wi ... pronounced ... gay-we
Cary ... ge-wi ... pronounced ... gay-we
Cecil (my Grandfather's name!) ... si-sa-li ... pronounced ... see-sa-lee
Cecilia ... sa-si-li ... pronounced ... sa-see-lee
Celeste ... sa-le-s-ti ... pronounced ... sa-lay-s-te
Chad ... tse-di ... pronounced ... jay-de
Charleen ... tsa-li-na ... pronounced ... ja-lee-na
Charles ... tsa-li ... pronounced ... ja-lee
Chris ... qui-si ... pronounced ... kwis
Chuck ... tsv-gi ... pronounced ... juh-gee
Cindy ... si-na-ti ... pronounced ... see-na-te
Clarence ... tla-wa-(ni)-si ... pronounced ... tla-wan-see
Clark ... tla-gi ... pronounced ... tla-ge
Claude ... tla-di ... pronounced ... tla-de
Cliff ... tli-wi ... pronounced ... cli-we
Clint ... tli-(ni)-ti ... pronounced ... clin-te
Cornelius ... go-ni-li-v-si ... pronounced ... go-ne-le-uh-si
Craig ... qua-la-gi ... pronounced ... kwa-la-ge
Cynthia ... si-(ni)-ti-ya ... pronounced ... seen-te-ya

Daniel ... de-ni-li ... pronounced ... day-ne-lee
Darrell ... de-wa-(li) ... pronounced ... day-wal
Debbie ... de-qui ... pronounced ... day-kwe
Debra ... de-qua ... pronounced ... day-kwa
Dorothy ... do-quo-ti ... pronounced ... doe-kwo-te

Edoha ... e-do-ha ... means he's walking around
Elizabeth ... a-li-sa-que-ti ... pronounced a-lee-sa-kway-te
Ellen ... e-le-ni ... pronounced a-lay-nee
Emily ... e-me-li pronounced ... a-may-lee
Emma ... e-ma-i ... pronounced ... a-ma-e
Eva ... e-wi ... pronounced ... eh-wi

Faith ... we-(ya)-ti ... pronounced ... way-t-te
Flora ... wa-lo-a ... pronounced ... wa-low-ah
Fran ... wa-(ni) ... pronounced ... wan
Frances ... wa-que-si ... pronounced ... wa-kway-see

Gail ... ge-li ... pronounced gay-lee
Gene ... gi-ni ... pronounced ... ge-ne
George ... tsa-tsi ... pronounced ... ga-gee
Gina ... tsi-na ... pronounced ... ji-nae
Gladys ... tle-da-(si) ... Pronounced ... clay-das
Grace ... ga-wa-si ... Pronounced ... ga-wah-see

Hannah ... hana ... pronouced ... ha-na
Heather ... he-da ... pronounced ... hay-da
Helen ... he-le-ni ... pronounced ... hay-lee-nee
Honey ... hv-ni-i ... pronounced ... huh-nee-e
Hope ... ho-qui ... pronounced ... ho-kew

Jack or Jackie ... tse-gi ... pronounced ... jay-ge
Janet ... tse-ni-ti ... pronounced ... jay-nee-te
Jessie ... tse-si ... pronounced ... jay-see
Jesus ... tsi-sa ... pronounced ... ji-sa
John, Johnny ... tsa-ni ... pronounced ... ja-nee
John Ross ... gu-wi-s-gu-wi
Joseph ... tso-se-wi ... pronounced ... jo-say-we
Joshua ... tsa-si pronounced ... ja-see
Judy ... tse-di ... pronounced ... jew-de
Julia ... tsu-li-a Jumper ... di-la-ta-de-gi
Junaluska ... tsu-nu-lv-hv-s-gi
June ... de-ha-lu-yi

Kanuga ... ka-nu-g
Katherine ... ge-ta-wi-(ni) ... prounounced ... gay-te-ween
Katey ... ge-di ... pronounced ... gay-de
Kathy ... ge-di-yi Pronounced ... gay-de-ye
Kina ... ka-yi-ni

Laura ... la-qua-a ... pronounced ... la-kwa-ah
Lisa ... li-sa ... pronounced ... lee-sa
Little Wolf ... u-s-ti wa-ya
Little-John ... u-s-di tsa-ni
Locust ... ka-lo-que-gi-di
Long ... ga-nv-hi-dv
Lorraine ... lo-que-(ni) pronounced ... loe-kwayn
Lowell ... lo-we-li ... pronounced ... loe-way-lee

Mark ... ma-ga ... pronounced .. mah-ga
Marny ... ma-ni ... pronounced .. mah-nee
Martha ... ma-di
Martin ... tsu-tsu
Mary ... me-li
Matt ... ma-du ... pronounced ... mah-do
Mattie ... ma-ti
Melissa ... mi-li-sa ... pronounced ... me-lee-sa
Meredith ... me-qui-di-ta ... pronounced ... may-kwee-de-tah
Mike ... ma-gi ... pronounced ... mah-ge
Molly ... ma li ... pronounced ... mah-lee

Nancy ... ne-(ni)-si ... pronounced ... nayn-see

Pamela ... que-me-la ... pronounced ... kway-may-la
Pam ... que-(ma) ... pronounced ... kwaym
Phillip ... qui-li-gi ... pronounced ... kwe-lee-ge

Rebecca ... que-qua-ga ... pronounced ... kway-kway-ga
Renee ... que-ne ... pronounced ... kway-nay
Running-Wolf ... wa-ya a-di-si
Running-Bear ... yo-nv a-di-si

Sandra ... se-(ni)-di-a ... pronounced ... sayn-de-a
Sara, Sarah ... se-gi ... pronounced ... say-ge
Sequoyah ... si-quo-ya ... what does it mean? There are differing opinions, some say it means 'lame one' or 'pig's foot' in reference to a physical condition. Others say different. Check out the differing view at http://www.sunflower.com/~dewatson/dma-ls05.htm
Stan ... s-te-ni ... pronounced ... s-tay-nee
Standing-deer ... a-wi ga-do-ga
Susan ... su-sa-(ni) ... pronounced ... sue-san
Swimmer ... a-yv-i-ni

Tammy ... te-mi ... pronounced ... tay-me
Tara ... te-wa ... pronounced ... tay-wa
Tennessee ... State FAQ
Teresa ... te-wi-se ... pronounced ... tay-we-sa
Terry ... te-wi ... Pronounced ... tay-we
Theresa ... da-qui-sa ... pronounced dah-kwee-sah
Thomas ... do-ma-si ... pronounced ... doe-mah-see
Tiny ... ti-ni

Vicki ... wi-gi

Walking Stick ... u-do-la-nv-s-di
Washington ... wo-si-da-ni
William ... wi-li-ha-ma ... pronounced ... we-lee-ha-ma

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