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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)

English ᏣᎳᎩ / Tsalagi (Cherokee)
Welcome ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ (Ulihelisdi)
Hello
(General greeting)
ᎣᏏᏲ (Osiyo)
'ᏏᏲ (Siyo)
How are you? ᏙᎯᏧ? (Dohitsu?)
Reply to 'How are you?' ᎣᏍᏓ. ᏂᎯᎾ/ᎢᎯᎾ (Osda, nihina/ihina)
Long time no see  
What's your name? ᎦᏙ ᏕᏣᏙᎠ? (Gado, detsadoa)
My name is ... ... ᏓᏆᏙ (dagwado)
Where are you from? ᎭᏢ ᏖᎬᎢ? (Hatlv tegvi)
I'm from ... ... ᏗᎨᎬ. (Digegv)
Pleased to meet you ᎦᎵᎡᎵ ᏥᏕᎾᎸ (Galiheli tsidenalv)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
ᎣᏍᏓ ᏑᎾᎴᎢ (Osda sunalei)
ᎣᏍᏓ ᏒᎾᎴᎢ (Osda svnalei)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
 
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
ᎣᏍᏓ ᏒᎯᏰ (Osda svhiye)
ᎣᏍᏓ ᏒᎯᏰᏱ (Osda svhiyeyi)
Good night ᎣᏍᏓ ᏒᏃᏱ (Osda enoyi)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
ᏙᎾᏓᎬᎰᎢ (Donadagvhoi) >sg
ᏙᏓᏓᎪᎲᎢ (Dodadagohvi) >pl
Good luck  
Cheers!
(Toasts used when drinking)
 
Have a nice day  
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
 
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
 
I understand ᎪᎵᎦ (Goliga)
I don't understand Ꮭ ᏱᎪᎵᎦ (Tla yigoliga)
ᎨᏍᏗ ᏱᎪᎵᎢᎦ (Gesdi yigoliga)
I don't know ᎨᏍᏗ ᏱᏥᎦᏔ (Gesdi yitsigata)
Ꮭ ᏱᏥᎦᏔ (Tla yitsigata)
Please speak more slowly ᎤᏍᎦᏃᎵ ᎯᏬᏂᎯ (Usganoli hiwonihi)
Please say that again ᎠᏏᏇ ᎭᏓ (Asique hada)
Please write it down ᎰᏪᎸᎦ (Hohwelvga) >sg
ᏍᏙᏪᎸᎦ (Sdowelvga) >dl
ᎢᏦᏪᎸᎦ (Itsowelvga) >pl
Do you speak English?  
Do you speak Cherokee? ᏣᎳᎩᏍ ᎯᏬᏂᏍᎩ? (Tsalagis hiwonisgi) >sg
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
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?)
Sorry ᎤᏲ ᎠᏰᎶᏗ (Uyo ayelodi)
Please ᎰᏩᏧ (Howatsu)
Thank you ᏩᏙ (Wado)
Reply to thank you 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 you ᎬᎨᏳᎢ (Gvgeyu'i)
Get well soon  
Go away! ᏪᎾ! (Wena!)
Leave me alone!  
Help!
Fire! ᎠᏥᎸ (Atsilv)
Stop!
Call the police!  
Christmas and New Year greetings ᏓᏂᏍᏔᏲᎯᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᎢᏤ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᎠᏌᏗᏒ
(Danistayohihv ale alihelisdi itse udetiyv'asadisv0
Easter greetings ᏥᏌ ᏕᎴᎯᏌᏅ (Tsisa delehisanv)
Birthday greetings ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᏂᏣᏕᏘᏯ (Ulihelisdi nitsadetiya)
One language is never enough ᏌᏊ ᎦᏬᏂᏍᏗ ᎥᏝ ᏰᎵᏊ
(Saquu gawonisdi vtla yeliquu)
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
 

Some Cherokee phrases provided by EE, Mary M. Revis (ᏎᎷ) and Tyson LaDale (ᎦᎴᏴᏍᎬ ᎤᎨᏓᎵᏴ) Taylor-Gerstner

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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

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