Cherokee Language


When reading a Cherokee word written phonetically, remember these pronunciations:

A ( as in ‘father’)
E (an ‘a’ sound, as in ‘way’)
I (an ‘e’ sound, as in ‘bee’)
O (as in ‘oh’)
U (as in ‘ooh’)
V (sounds like ‘uh’)
Ts makes a ‘j’ sound

Beginning Cherokee Words Greetings and courtesies:

Hello-O si yo
How are you?-To hi tsu?
Fine-O s da
And you?-Ni hi na
Okay-Ho wa
Thank you-Wa do
Yes- vv ii
I don’t know-Thla ya gwan ta

Info provided by the Cherokee Nation Cultural Resource Center

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