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Dictionary - B

baby, babies; also, small, a baby animal, or 'of that kind'

u:-s-di, tsu:-n'-s-di

bait

ga?-di

ball, balls

s-qua-tle:-s-di, di-s-qua-tle:-s-di

ball-field

u-no-s-dv-ni'-s-di-(yi), s-qua-tle:-s-di

basket, baskets

ta-lu'-tsi, di-ta-lu'-tsi

bat (as in vampire)

tla-me'-ha, or tla-ma-ha

a bead, pendant

a-yah'-l'-di

bear, bears

yo-n(v)(a)

beautiful, pretty

u-wo-du'

beaver, beavers

do-ya

become, happen

ni-ga-li:-s-ti-(ya)(ha)

bed, beds

ga-ni'-tlv, de-ga-ni'-tlv

bell

u-ha-lv:-n(i)(a)

belt, belts

a-da'-tlo:-s-di, di-da'-tlo:-si-di

bench

*see table

best, of the best kind, excellent

wo:-sv, singular; wi-do:-sv, plural

big

e-qua(quv)

big, big around

e-qua(quv)

bird, birds

u'-ta-na'

Birds, (Clan) member of

A-tsi-s-qua

Birds, (Clan) members of

A-ni-tsi-s-qua

black

A-gv'-ni-ge

blackberry, blackberries

ka-nu'-ga-tli'

Blacks, Negroes

A-ni-gv'-ni-ga

blind, he/she is blind

di-tsi-ke:-wa, I am blind;di-ke:-wi

blood

gi-ga'

blossom, flower

a-tsi-lv'-s-gi

blouse, blouses or shirt, shirts

a'-hno-wo, di'-hna-wo

blue

sa-ko'-ni-ge

Blue Clan

A-ni-sa'-ha-ni

blue jay

tla-i?-ga

boat

tsi-yu

bobcat, bobcats

gv-he

body (my)

tsi-ye-lv-i

bone, bones, bony

ko:-l(i)(a)

bottle, bottles, Bartlesville

gu:-gu

boy, boys

a-tsu'-ts(a)(i), a-ni-tsu'-ts(a)(i); older boy, teenaged to young manhood, singular and plural, a-(h)wi:-n(a), a-ni-(h)wi:-n(a)

branch

u-wa'-n'-ga-tlv

bread

ga-du

break (off)

tsi-s-qua-la, I (just) broke it, snapped it off, gv-no-sa'-s-di

broom

gv-no-sa'-s-di

brother (my)

a-gi-do'-i, sibling of the opposite sex (brother spoken by a female); tso'-s-da-da-hnv-tli, fellow-brother (brother spoken by a male)

buffalo, buffaloes

ya'-n'-s-si'

burst out (of blood and air)

ga-ta-s-gi-(a)

bush, bushes

u-da-ya-tlv, u-n'-da-ya-tlv

but, and, or

a-le

butter

go:-tlv-hnv

button, buttons

ga?-di, di-ga?-di

buy, I am buying (now)

a-ki-wa'-s'ga, tsi-hwa'-s-ga

buzzard

su-li

 Dictionary - C

cake, cookie, coffee-cake

u-ga-na:-s-d(a), u-ni-ga-na:-s-d'

camp, stay overnight

a-sv:-s-di

camp, noun or verb

Ge?i o-gi-l'-tso-da, We are camping over there. (They have a tent)

candy, sugar

ka-l(i)-se:-ts(i)

cardinal (the bird)

to-tsu'-hwa

carpenter,carpenters

di-ne'-s-ge:-s-gi, di-na-ne's-ge:-s-gi

cat, cats

we-s(a)(i)

cattle, cow, cows

wa-ga

cedar tree, cedar trees

a'tsi'-n(a), a-ni-tsi-n(a)

cemetery

tsu-n'da-ni-soh-di-i

cent, one cent, two cents

i-da-n'-te-di, sa?-wu i-da-n'-te-di, ta?-li i-da-n'-te-di

certainly, truly

do:-yo

Cherokees, the Cherokee Tribe

A-ni-tsa-la-gi'

cherry, cherries

gi-ta'-ya

chicken, chickens

tsi-ta:-ga

child, children

a-(h)yo:-tli, di-ni-yo'-tli

childish, immature, uncompleted, scanty

ga-yo'-tli

Christmas

da-ni'-s-ta-yo'-hi-hv' (when they shoot off firecrackers)

church

tsu-ni-la-wi-s-di

church service

da-ni-la'-wi-ga

Deer Clan

A-ni?-a-hwi'

close,near

na?-v?-i

clothing

di'-hna-wo

cloud, cloudy

u:-lo'gi-l(a)(i); clouds, tsu-lo-gi-l(a)(i)

coffeecake, cookie, cake

u-ga-na:-s-d(a), u-ni-ga-na:-s-d(a) as an adjective: delicious

cookie, cake, coffeecake

u-ga-na:-s-d(a), u-ni-ga-na:-s-d(a) as an adjective: delicious

cold

u-hyv'-dla (dlv), u-yv-tla

coldness, cold, North, Republican

u-hyv'-dla (dlv)

color, colored (artificially)

a-su-wi-t(v)

corn

se'-lu

cornbread

se-lu ga-du

cotton cloth

u-tsi-lv

cough

a-g'-si-hwa-s-go, I have a cough

cousin (my), cousins (my)

gu'-s-di, a-qua'-hni, a-quv'-hni. The usual word for 'my cousin' used by Cherokee speakers is gu'-s-di--o'-s-da-da-dv'-hni

cow, cattle

wa-ga

cream

u-da-tlv:-d(a)(i)

cross over

de-tsi-n'-di'-s-ga, I am crossing over; de-hi-n'-di'-s-ga

crow

ko:-g(a)(i)

cup, cups

a-ku-gi'-s-di, di-ku-gi'-s-di

cut

tsi-ye'-hlo-ha

cut, cuts

tsa-da'-hye-tla-lv-i, de-tsa-da-hye-tla-lv-i

 

 Dictionary - D

dance (noun)

a-na-l'-s-gi-a, or a-l'-s-gi-a

dance hall

u-na-l'-s-gi-s-di (where they dance)

where we all dance

i-ga-l'-s-gi-s-di

dance (verb)

ga-li-s-gi-a (I am dancing)

dancing ground

u-na-l'-s-gi-s-di-i

day

*i-ga'

deaf

di-gi-li?-e:-na

I am deaf

V'-s-gi-yi

deer

a'-hwi'

Deer Clan

A-ni?-a-hwi'

be delighted, glad, happy, grateful, rejoice

ga-li-e:-li-ga, (h)a-li-he'-li-ga

Democrat, South, warm, warmth

u-ga'-no-wa' (wi)

different

(n)u-da-le-(hn(v:-d)(a)

dirt

ga-dv

dirty

ga-da-ha

do; I am doing; you are doing

ga-dv'-ne-a, ha-dv'-ne?-a

dog

gi-tli

dollar

u-hno:-s-da

donkey

di-ga-li-nv'-hi-dv

dove

wo:-ya

dress (verb)

de-ga-ni-wo?-a, I am dressing (I am putting on several garments)

dress, dresses or skirt, skirts

a'-sa-no, di'-sa-no

drink (verb)

ga-di-ta:-s-ga, I am drinking; ha-di-ta:-s-ga, you are drinking

drum, drums

a-hu'-li

dry

u-ka-yo:-d (of a nut), ripe

duck

ka-wo:-n(i)

 Language Lesson

Hello [o-si-yo]
How are you [to-hi-tsu]
I am well [to-hi-gwo]
good/fine [o-s-da]
it's all right [o-s-da-dv]
yes [v v]
no/not so [tla, v tla, tla hv]
thank you [wa-do]
goodbye [do-na-da-go-hv-i]
goodbye to all [ do-da-da-go-hv-i]
and you? [ni-hi-na]
and [a-le]

 

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