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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Cherokee Words (Tsalagi)

Welcome to our Cherokee vocabulary page! Cherokee is an Iroquoian language, related to other languages like Mohawk and Seneca. We have included twenty basic Cherokee words here, enough to provide a simple comparison with related American Indian languages. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many indigenous languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do.

You can find a broader selection of Cherokee words in our online picture glossaries. If you would like to know a word that is not included in any of these wordlists, you can take part in our Indian translations fundraiser, buy a Native American dictionary, or visit our main Cherokee language site for more free resources.

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Cherokee Word Set

(Click here for Cherokee pronunciation guide)

English (Français) Cherokee words
One (Un) Sagwu
Two (Deux) Ta'li
Three (Trois) Tso'i
Four (Quatre) Nvgi
Five (Cinq) Hisgi
Man (Homme) Asgaya
Woman (Femme) Agehya
Dog (Chien) Gihli
Sun (Soleil) Nvda
Moon (Lune) Nvda
Water (Eau) Ama
White (Blanc) Unega
Yellow (Jaune) Dalonige
Red (Rouge) Gigage
Black (Noir) Gvhnige
Eat (Manger) Agi'a
See (Voir) Agowatiha
Hear (Entendre) Atvgi'a
Sing (Chanter) Dekanogi'a
Leave (Partir) Ahnigi'a or Ahiya'a

Click here to see Cherokee Indian words compared to words in related Iroquoian languages: Iroquoian Indian Words

Cherokee Picture Dictionaries

Here are some themed Cherokee word lists we have put together and illustrated for language learners. Feel free to print them out for classroom purposes!

*Cherokee animal words
*Cherokee body parts
*Cherokee words for colors
*Cherokee number words

Recommended Books of Cherokee Vocabulary

Cherokee-English Dictionary:
    Excellent dictionary with all Cherokee words written in syllabary as well as English letters.
New English-Cherokee Dictionary:
    Another very good dictionary.
Introduction to Cherokee:
    Good Cherokee course including audio CD's, so you can hear each Cherokee word pronounced.
Beginning Cherokee:
    Good Cherokee language lessons, with an overview of the writing system and a glossary of Cherokee words.

Additional Resources

   North Carolina Indians
   Online Native American dictionaries
   Native American names
   Iroquoian



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