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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Cherokee Words (Tsalagi)
Welcome to our Cherokee vocabulary page!
Cherokee is an
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.
Thanks for your interest in Native American languages!
Cherokee Word Set
(Click here for Cherokee pronunciation guide)
Click here to see Cherokee Indian words compared to words in related Iroquoian languages :
Iroquoian Indian Words
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 Picture Dictionaries
Cherokee animal words
Cherokee body parts
Cherokee words for colors
Cherokee number words
Recommended Books of Cherokee Vocabulary
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.
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