Cherokee/Lesson 1

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Lesson 1: Basic Greeting[edit]

Perhaps this lesson should be expanded.

Dialogue[edit]

Jane: ᎣᏏᏲ, ᏙᎯᏧ? o-si-yo, to-hi-tsu? (English:hello, how are you?)
John: ᎣᏍᏓ, ᏂᎯᎾ? o-s-da, ni-hi-na? (English:good, and you?)
Jane: ᎣᏍᏓᏛ o-s-da-dv (English:good)
John: ᎰᏩ! ho-wa! (English:alright!)
Jane: ᎦᏙ ᏕᏣᏙᏩ? Gado detsadowa? (English: What is your name?)
John: ᏣᏂ ᏓᏩᏙᎠ tsa-ni da-wa-to-a (English: I am called John)
Jane: ᎭᏢ ᎯᏁᎳ? hatlv hinela? (English:Where do you live?)
John: ᏓᎵᏩ ᏥᏁᎳ. daliwa tsinela (English:I live in Tahlequa --lit. Tahlequa live I)

Exercise[edit]

Unless you have printed this out, get a clean piece of paper. Without looking at the top, fill in the Cherokee words. (In syllabary as far as you remember, and in Latin)

Jane: (1)_______________ (hello, how are you?)
John: (2)_________________ (good, and you?)
Jane: (3)________ (fine) (in reply to the second person)
John: (4)_______ (alright!)


Answers: Here are the answers for questions 1-4: (1) ᎣᏏᏲ, ᏙᎯᏧ? o-si-yo, to-hi-tsu (2)ᎣᏍᏓ, ᏂᎯᎾ? o-s-da, ni-hi-na? (3)ᎣᏍᏓᏛ o-s-da-dv (4)ᎰᏩ! ho-wa!

Notes for those who correct the book[edit]

  • ᎣᏏᏧ (O-si-tsu) mean "I am fine"
  • ᏂᎾ (ni-na) or ᏂᎯᎾ (ni-hi-na) for And You?
  • ᏓᏩᏙᎠ da-wa-to-a or ᏓᏩᏙ 'da-wa-do