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From: MOBIUS S S< >
Subject: Re: [CHEROKEE-L] Cherokee translation
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 1999 11:39:48 -0500


Siyo John,
was this what you were looking for?

Hello- O si yo
How are you?- (t)do `hi tsu
I am fine- (t)`o si gwu
Are you fine?- to hi ju
Fine- o sdi
Good- osda
No good- tla osda
Bad- uyoi
Yes, I'm fine- (t)do`hi quu
And you?- ni na
Today- kohiigi
Tonight- kohiusv
Tomorrow- sunle
Morning- sunalei
Good morning- osda sunalei
Noon or day- iga
Evening- svhiyeyi
Good evening- osda svhiyeyi
Night- svnoi
Good night- osda svnoi
Thank you, thanks- wa do
You're welcome- gvlieliga
Welcome- tsi lu gi
Goodbye(speaking to one person)- donada`govi
Goodbye(speaking to a group)- do`dagag`hvi
Okay- ho wa
Let's see each other again- do na da go hv i
Yes- v (pronounced uh)
No- tla
Not- kla
I don't know- thlah tla ya gwan ta
Friend- oginallii
Good peace- to hi du (A state of body, mind, and Spirit)
What is your name?- ga do de tsa do
(Your name) is my name, My name is- da qua dov (your name)
This is (name or object)- hi a (name)
(Name) is his/her name- du do (name)
Where is (name or object)- ha tlv...?
Are you Cherokee?- hi tsa la gis
I don't understand- tla i go li ga
I know some Cherokee- gayo tsi woni tsa la gi
I understand a little Cherokee- usti goliga woni tsa la gi
I speak a little Cherokee- usti tsi woni tsa la gi
Good for you- osdadu
What is this?- do i sdi hi na
What time is it?- he la ya a hli li
Which is it?- do u sdi
I am hungry- a gi yo si
Are you hungry?- ja yo si has?
I have eaten- aqualstayvnv
I will eat later- gohiudu galistayvni
I am eating- galistayv hvsga
You eat- halistayv hvsga
He/she will eat- dalistayvni
They are eating- anvlista yvhvsga
Do you want to eat?- tsadulis tsaldati
What am I eating- gadoustitsigi
Pass me (food item)- deskvsi (this is used for solid foods)
Pass me(drink, gravy)- esginehvsi
Where do you live?- ha dlv hi he la
Everyone- nigaduwu
Everybody- nanivquu
Family- sidanelv
Someone- giloasiyvwi
Somebody- giloi

Numbers- disesdi
One- sa `quu i
Two- `ta `li
Three
`tso `i
Four- `nv `gi
Five- `his `gi
Six- su da `li
Seven- gali `quo `gi
Eight- (t)sa `ne la
Nine- `so `ne `la
Ten- sgo `hi
Eleven- sa do
Twelve- saw-doo tal du
Thirteen- tawl-doo tso ga du
Fourteen- joh-gah-doo ni ga du
Fifteen- ne-gah-doo sgi ga du
Sixteen- sgee-gah-doo da la du
Seventeen- dah-lah-doo gal hgwa du
Eighteen- gawl-gwah-doo ne la du
Nineteen- neh-lah-doo so ne la du
Twenty- soh-neh-lah-doo tal sgo
Thirty- tawl-sgoh jo sgo

Elder man- udvsonvhi
Elder woman- agayvlige
Daughter- a que tsi a ge yu tsa
Man, men- u we ji a ska `ya
Husband- ah-sgah-yah u ye hi
Woman- `ge ya
women- ah-gay-yah anigeya
Boy- a `tsu tsa
Boys- ah-choo-jah anitsutsa
Girl- a ge `hu tsa
Girls- ah-gay-huge-jah aneigehutsa
Father- e `do `da
My father- eh-doh-dah vg edoda
Your father- tsa duda
Our father- ogi duda
Mother- e `tsi
My mother- vg etsi
Our mother- e `tsi
Baby- u `sti
Child- oo-sdee a `yo li
Children- di ni `yo tli
Kin- gohustianadadvni
Grandmother- elisi
Grandfather- edudi
My grandmother- vgilisi
My grandfgather- vgidudi
Brothers- a na da nv tli
Her sister- ulv
His sister- udo
They are sisters- dinadalv
We are sisters- tso sda da lv
We are brothers- tso sda da a nv tli
Cousin- gohusdianadadvni
Child- ayoli
Aunt- e tlo `gi
Their aunt- u lo `gi
Uncle- e du `sti
Paternal grandmother- e ni si
Brother- da nv tli
Friend(third person)- o gi na li
Me- a `ya
I- yv
Warrior- a ya wis gi
Spirit warrior- a da nv do aitlihi
Egg, child of- u we tsi
Female- a ge yv
He- a tsv ya i
Medicine man- didanvwisgi
Wizard- a dv ne li s gi
Witch- a tsa s gi li

Black- gv na ge i
Blue- sa go ni ge i
Brown- u wo di ge
Green- i tse i yu s di
Gray- u s go lv-sa go ni ge
Gold- da lo ni ge i
Orange- a sa lo ni ge
Pink- gi ga ge i yu s di
Purple- gi ge s di
Red- gi ga ge
Silver- a de lv u ne gv
White- u ne ga
Yellow- da lo ni ge

Grease- go i
Iron pot- tsu la s gi
House- gal `tso de
Home- o we `nv `sv
Door- as `du di
Doorway- ga lo `hi `sti
Window- tso `la `na
Kitchen- a da `sta ti
Bedroom- a `sv sti-ka nv `su lv
Bed- ga `ni tlv `di `sti
Table or Chair- ga `sgi lo
Dresser- di se `hi sti
Lamp- a `tsv sta
Phone- di li no `he `di
My house- a que nv sv
Floor- yatenoha
Napkin- e sgi nv si
Plate- `a se li do
Spoon- a di `to di
Knife- ha yel `sdi
Fork- yv `gi
Yard- `o `ni
Lawn- `o ni

Animals- eh na i
Alligator- tsu la sgi
Ant- do sv da li
Bat- tla me ha
Bed bug- galuisdi
Blacksnake- galehgi
Bluejay- tla i ga
Bobcat- gv he
Buffalo- yansa
Buzzard- su li
Donkey(long-eared)- di ga li nv hi dv
Dragonfly- wa da du ga
Earthworm- u tsi ya
Camel- kemili
Cardinal- totsuhwa
Catfish- tsu li s da na li
Centipede- tsu ga no si
Chickadee- tsi ga li li
Cobra- kwandaioha
Fox sparrow- wa kv ta
Goat- ukasotsanedv
Green snake- se la gwo ya
Grubs- s go yi
Hawk- to wo di
Hoot owl- u gu ku
Hornet- ka na tsi s de tsi
Horsefly- da ma ga
Hound dog- gi hi li digalenvhida
Katydid- si gi gi
Livestock- ga na hla i
Lizard- ti yo ha li
Locust- lo lo
Lice- ti na
Meadowlark- no ki si
Mink- e tli
Mole- to ni qua
Monkey- a da le s gi y i sgi
Mosquito- do sa
Moth- wa so hla ,br>Mourning dove- gu le di sgo hn i hi
Mouse- tsi s de tsi
Mud dauber- diguhldisgi
Opossum- utsetsdi
Owl- wa hu hi
Oyster- da gv na
Panther- tlv da tsi
Pig- si qua
Quail- gu que
Rabbit- tsi sa du
Racoon- gv li
Rat- tsi s de tsi
Rattlesnake- utsonati
Redbird- totsuhwa
Robin- tsi s gwo gwo
Rooster- at sv ya
Sapsucker- gv qho ha
Scorpion- tsi s dv na
Sheep- uninodena
Wooly sheep- unodena
Skunk- di li
Snake- i na dv
Snapping turtle- sa li gu gi
Spider- a ni ka na ne sgi
Squirrel- sa lo li,br>Tadpole- te ga
Terrapin- daksi
Tick- gu ga i
Toad- te ga
Turkey- gv na
Wasp- ka na tsi sde tsi
Water mocassin- ugantena
Weasel- dlonige tsisdetsi
Whippoorwill- tsa qua le qua la
Wolf- wa ya
Worms- s go yi
Wren- tsi tsi
Yellow mockingbird- hu hu
Yellowjacket- tsa s ga ya
Bass, fish- u no ga
Beaver- do ye
Bear- yo na
Black bear- gv ni ge yo na
Black bear that stands- gv ni ge yo na a le di
Bird- tsi s qua
Blackbird- gv na ge tsi s qua
Bison- yv sv
Coyote's are little- usti wa ya
Chipmunk- gi yu ga
Colt- a gi na so qui li
Cow- wa ga
Crawfish- tsi s dv na
Crow- go gv
Deer- a wi
Dog- gi li
Dove- gu le di s go ni hi
Eagle- u wo ha li
Eel- dv de gi
Elephant- ka ma ma (this also means butterfly)
Fox- tsu la
Goat- tsu s qua ne gi dv
Goose- sa ga
Groundhog- o ga na
Guinea fowl- qu qui di ga na sa i
Heron- k na s go wa
Hog- si qua
Horse- so qui li
Hummingbird- wa le lu
Lion- tlv da tsi
Bull frog- ka nu nu

Food- `al sta yv ni `di
Buffalo- yansa
Catfish- tsu li s da na li
Chicken- tsi ta ga
Grubs- s go yi
Opossum- uts set sdi (literally means "smiling pig")
Oyster- da gv na
Perch- a go li
Pig- si qua
Quail- gu que
Rabbit- tsi i sa du
Snapping turtle- sa li gu gi
Turkey- gv na
Grease- go i
Maple- tlv hwa li ga
Egg- u `we tsi
Eggs- tsu we tsi
Scrambled eggs- asuyedv tsuwetsi
Fried eggs- goihi gvnistodi
Chicken Soup- ugama tsataga
Duck- ka wo nu
Squirell- sa lo li
Soft shell turtle- u la no
Fish- a tsa `di
Soup- u ga ma
Turtle soup- u ga ma u la no
Meat- ha `wi `ya
Beef or cow meat- wa`ka-ha `wi `ya
Beef roast- waka hawiya asvnadanvhi
Beef ribs- waka hawiya diga nulatsi
Pork- si `quahi `wa `ya
Bacon or dried meat- ha `wi `ya-u ka `yo sv
Lamb- unodena hawiya
Deer- awi hawiya
Sausage- hawiya astovhi
Biscuits- unitsalesti
Bread- `ga du
Corn bread- `se lu-`ga du
Butter- go tlu nv
Honey- wa du li si
Sweets, pastries- u ga na sta
Sugar- kal `se tsi
Pie- ge `lis gi
Coffee- `ka `wi
Cream- as ta `tlv da
Salt- `a `ma
Water- a `ma
Note: Be careful of accents. They can change the whole meaning of the
word.
Peas- du yu na sdi i
Potatoes- nu `na
Baked potato- gadunvi nuna
French fries- goihi gvnistodi
Mashed potatoes- astovhi nuna
Squash- squasi
Pumpkin- i ya
Cabbage- tsu ga na de na
Cucumber- ga ga mi
Radish- ga la di sgi
Turnip- da quo sa nv
Beans- du ya
Green beans- anitse du ya
Kidney beans- tsu da li du ya
Corn- se lu
Lettuce- i go sdi a gi sdi
Fruit- u da ta `nv-a `gi `sdi
Apple- svk `ta
Apricot- da `lo ni ge-a dv `dv ski
Banana- qua `ne `na
Orange- a da `lo ni `ge
Peach- `qua `na
Cherry- gi `ta ya
Pear- di ga `dv di
Grapes- `un te lv nv `di
Plum- qua `nun sti
Strawberry- `a `ni
Blackberry- ka `nu gal `hi
Leaf, tea- u ga lo gv

Get- hi gi
Give- a da ne di
Go- ha ni gi
Have- u ha
Help- a li s de lv di
Laugh- uyetsasgv
Learning- a na de lo quo s gv
Teaching- da de yo hv s gv
What are they doing?- ga do a na du ne
Eat- hi `gi
Ate- `a `ga
Try- ha `nel `ta
Stop- ha le `wi sta
I am speaking- Tsi wo ni hu.
Accomplish, succeed- a s gwa di sdi
Stand- a le di
Standing- ga do da
I see- `tsi go `ti
I saw- a gi go `hv
I will see him or her- da `tsi go `i
I want- a qua du `li
I wanted- a qua du `lis ge sti
I will want- a qua du `lis ge sti
I wanted(two or more items)- `da qua du `li
I will want(two or more items)- da qua `lis `ge sti
I believe- a quo `hi yu
I believed- a quo hi `yu nv
I will believe- da `go hi yu `ni
I think- ge `li
I thought- ge `lis gv
I will think- ge `lis ges `ti
I hear- ga `tv gi
I heard- ak dv `ga nv
I will hear- ga `ga dv `ga ni
I'm talking- tsi `wo ni
I talked- gi `wo ni `sv
I will talk- da tsi `wo ni `si
I don't understand- `tla i `go li `ga
I didn't understand- tla ya quol `tsi i
I won't understand- tla i ge go `li `ga
I hit it
`gv `ni `ga
I will hit it- dv `gv ni `la
I'm working- da gi `lv wi sta `ne
I was working- da gi `lv wi sta ne `hv
I will be working- da gi `lv wi sta ne `he sti
I'm going- `ge `ga
I was going- `ge gv `i
I will be going- `ge ges `ti
I'm hungry- a gi `yo si
I'm going to eat- da ga li sta yvn
I will eat later- go hi u da ga li sta yv ni
I am eating- ga li sta yv hv sga
I have eaten- a qual sta yv nu
I was hungry- a gi `yo sis gv i
I'll be hungry- a gi `yo sis `ges ti
I'm tired- da gi yo `we ga
I was tired- da gi yo `we gv
I'll be tired- da gi yo `we ges `ti
I'm thankful- ga li `e li `ga
I was thankful- a qua li `he li tsv
I'll be thankful- ga li `e li `ges `ti
I'm going home- dv ge `si-di `quenv `sv i
I will go home- a `qua ni gi ses `ti
Today I'm going- ko `hi i ga-ge `ga
I went yesterday- sv `hi-wa qua do `lv
I will go tomorrow- su na `le-da ge `si
I'm going to town- di`ga du `hv-ge `ga
I've been to town- di`ga du hv-wi ge `da
I will go to town- di`ga du`hv-a qua `nv ses `ti
I'm going to work- da gi `lv wi sta `le `ga
I went to work- da ge `lv wi sta ne `le `sv
I will be working- da gi `lv wi sta ne `he `sti
I'm going to eat- da ga `lis `ta yv `ni
I'm riding with him- tsi`tsa ne
I rode with him- tsi`tsa ne lv
I will ride with him- da tsi`tsa ne `li
We are going(two people)- o `ste `ga
We have been(two people)- wo `ste `da
We will go(2 people- o `ste ge `sti
We didn't understand- tla-yo gi nol 'tse i
We will be working- do gi ni`lv wi sta ne 'hes `ti
We are going to move(two people)- da `yo sta da nv `si
We are going(3 or more people)- o`tse `ga
You stay home (1 person)- tso `le `sti
Go with me(one person)- kstaqua du `ga
He/she thinks- e `li
He/she thought- e `li sgv
He/she will think- e `lis ges `ti
He/she believes- u `wo hi`yu
He/she sees- a go `ti
He/she will see- u go `hv
He/she hit it- gvn`ga
He/she is singing- de ka no `gi
He/she sung- du no `gi sv
He/she will sing- do da ka no `gi si
He/she is eating- al `sta yv `hv sga
He/she ate- ul `sta yv `nv
He/she is talking- ga `wo ni
He/she is laughing- u yets `ga
He/she was laughing- u yets `ga `i
He/she is working- du `lvw sta ne `i
That is mine- is `na a qua `tse `li
This is my house- hi `ya-gal tso `de aqua `tse `li
This is my car- hi `ya-a tso do `di-a qua `tse `li
This is my wife- hi `ya-ak sta `yv hv `sga
This is my son/daughter- hi `ya-a que `tsi
This is ours- a gi na `tse `li
This is our house- hi `ya-gal tso`de-o gi na `tse `li
This is our car- hi `ya-a tso do `di o gi na `tse `li
This is our child- hi `ya-ogi `ne tsi
Is this yours? hi `yas-tsa `tse `li
Is this where you live?- hi `yas-di `ste nv `sv

Sring of beads- a de la di ya tlo di
Journey- vi s vi
Star- no ki si
Sun- nv do i ga e hi
Hothouse- o si
Smoke signal- tsu na lu gi
Storehouses- u na wa da li
Fire- a tsi la
Spirit- a da nv do
Beads- a de la di ya tso di
Success- asgwadisdi
Earth- e lo hi no
Dirt- ga da
Trees- de tlu `gv
Grass- ga `nu lv
Field- tso ge si
Forest- a do hi
Flower- hu tsi lv ha
Garden- a wi sv di yi
Hay- ka ne s ga
Road- nv ~no `Hi
Street- ga la `nv da
Highway, big road- u `ta `na-nv `no hi
Bridge- a sv `tlv i
Lake, pond, bay- v da li
Car- `a `tso du `di
City- ga du `hv i
Country- sga `du gi
World- e `lo `hi

Big- e qua
Little- `u sti
Clean- `u da `nv ga `lv da
Dirty- ga da `ha i
True- u do hi `yu
Fast- ga ya `nu la
Slow- u ska `no la
Little, tiny, small(as in a babay)- u s di
Round- ga sa qua lv
Happy- a li he li s di

Now- nv
Today- ko hi `i `ga
Tonight- ko `hi u `sv
Tomorrow- su `n le
Daytime- i `ga
Noon- `i ga
After- ulosonv
Ever- i yu quo

January- Month of the Cold Moon- du no lv ta ni
February- Month of the Bony Moon- ka ga li
March- Month of the Windy Moon- a nu yi
April- Month of the Flower Moon- ka wa ni
May- Month of the Planting Moon- a na a gv ti
June- Month of the Green Corn Moon- de ha lu yi
july- Month of the Ripe Corn Moon- gu ye quo ni
August- Month of the End of the Fruit Moon- ga lo ni i
September- "month of the Nut Moon- du li i s di
October- Month of the Harvest Moon- du ni nv di
November- Month of the Trading Moon- nu da de qua
December- Month of the Snow Moon- v s gi ga

Days of the Week- joh-sgoh
Sunday- Do da gwa sgv
Monday- Do da wo hnv
Tuesday- Ta li ne i ga
Wednesday- No i ne i ga
Thursday- Nv gi ne i ga
Friday- Ju na gi lo sdi
Saturday- Do da gwi de na

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