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Useful phrases in Cherokee

A collection of useful phrases in Cherokee. You can see them in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: >sg = singular (said to one person), >dl = dual (said to two people) >pl = plural (said to more than three people)

EnglishᏣᎳᎩ / Tsalagi (Cherokee)
WelcomeᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ (Ulihelisdi)
HelloᎣᏏᏲ (Osiyo) 'ᏏᏲ (Siyo)
How are you?
Fine thanks, and you?
ᏙᎯᏧ? (Dohitsu?)
ᎣᏍᏓ. ᏂᎯᎾ/ᎢᎯᎾ (Osda, nihina/ihina)
Long time no see 
What's your name?
My name is ...
ᎦᏙ ᏕᏣᏙᎠ? (Gado, detsadoa)
... ᏓᏆᏙ (dagwado)
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
ᎭᏢ ᏖᎬᎢ? (Hatlv tegvi)
... ᏗᎨᎬ. (Digegv)
Pleased to meet youᎦᎵᎡᎵ ᏥᏕᎾᎸ (Galiheli tsidenalv)
Good morningᎣᏍᏓ ᏑᎾᎴᎢ (Osda sunalei) ᎣᏍᏓ ᏒᎾᎴᎢ (Osda svnalei)
Good afternoon 
Good eveningᎣᏍᏓ ᏒᎯᏰ (osda svhiye) ᎣᏍᏓ ᏒᎯᏰᏱ (osda svhiyeyi)
Good nightᎣᏍᏓ ᏒᏃᏱ (Osda enoyi)
GoodbyeᏙᎾᏓᎬᎰᎢ (Donadagvhoi) >sg
ᏙᏓᏓᎪᎲᎢ (Dodadagohvi) >pl
Good luck 
Cheers/Good health! 
Have a nice day 
Bon appetit 
Bon voyage 
I understandᎪᎵᎦ (Goliga)
I don't understandᏝ ᏱᎪᎵᎦ (Tla yigoliga)
ᎨᏍᏗ ᏱᎪᎵᎢᎦ (Gesdi yigoliga)
I don't knowᎨᏍᏗ ᏱᏥᎦᏔ (Gesdi yitsigata) Ꮭ ᏱᏥᎦᏔ (Tla yitsigata)
Please speak more slowlyᎤᏍᎦᏃᎵ ᎯᏬᏂᎯ (Usganoli hiwonihi)
Please say that againᎠᏏᏇ ᎭᏓ (Asique hada)
Please write it downᎰᏪᎸᎦ (Hohwelvga) >sg
ᏍᏙᏪᎸᎦ (Sdowelvga) >dl
ᎢᏦᏪᎸᎦ (Itsowelvga) >pl
Do you speak English? 
Do you speak Cherokee?

Yes, a little
ᏣᎳᎩᏍ ᎯᏬᏂᏍᎩ? (Tsalagis hiwonisgi) >sg
ᎥᎥ, ᎢᎦᏛ (V'v, igadv)
ᎥᎥ ᎦᏲᏟ (Vv, gayotli)
How do you say ... in Cherokee?ᎯᎳᎪ ᎤᏘᏗ ... ᏣᎳᎩᏱ? (Hilago utidi... tsalagiyi?)
Excuse me 
How much is this?ᎯᎳ ᎢᎦᎢ? (Hila igai?)
SorryᎤᏲ ᎠᏰᎶᏗ (Uyo ayelodi)
PleaseᎰᏩᏧ (Howatsu)
Thank you
Response
ᏩᏙ (Wado)
ᎬᎵᎡᎵᎦ (Gvlieliga)
Where's the toilet?ᎭᏢ ᏙᏯ ᎤᎾᏨᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ (Hatlv doya unatsvsdi yigi)
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything 
Would you like to dance with me? 
I miss you 
I love youᎬᎨᏳᎢ (Gvgeyu'i)
Get well soon 
Go away!ᏪᎾ! (Wena!)
Leave me alone! 
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
 
ᎠᏥᎸ (Atsilv)
Call the police! 
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
ᏓᏂᏍᏔᏲᎯᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᎢᏤ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᎠᏌᏗᏒ
(Danistayohihv ale alihelisdi itse udetiyv'asadisv0
Happy EasterᏥᏌ ᏕᎴᎯᏌᏅ (Tsisa delehisanv)
Happy BirthdayᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᏂᏣᏕᏘᏯ (Ulihelisdi nitsadetiya)
One language is never enoughᏌᏊ ᎦᏬᏂᏍᏗ ᎥᏝ ᏰᎵᏊ (Saquu gawonisdi vtla yeliquu)
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
 
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Some Cherokee phrases provided by EE, Mary M. Revis (ᏎᎷ) and Tyson LaDale (ᎦᎴᏴᏍᎬ ᎤᎨᏓᎵᏴ) Taylor-Gerstner

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

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Links

Other collections of Cherokee phrases
http://public.csusm.edu/public/raven/cherokee.dir/cherlexi.html
http://mypeoplepc.com/members/cherlyn/onefeather/id7.html
http://www.ctc.volant.org/cherokee/Mirror/cherokeewords.html
http://www.manataka.org/page122.html

Phrases in other languages



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