A repertoire of helpful phrases in Cherokee, a southern Iroquoian language spoken in phibìc Carolina, Arkansas and also Oklahoma.

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Key to abbreviations: >sg = singular (said come one person), >dl = dual (said to 2 people) >pl = plural (said to more than three people), frm = formal, inf = informal


English ᏣᎳᎩ / Tsalagi (Cherokee)
Welcome ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ (Ulihelisdi)
Hello (General greeting) ᎣᏏᏲ (Osiyo) - frm ᏏᏲ (Siyo) - inf ᏏᏳ (Siyu) - inf
Hello (on phone)
How room you? ᏙᎯᏧ? (Dohitsu?) Osigwotsu?
Reply to 'How room you?' ᏙᎯᏇ. ᎾᎯᎾᎲ? (Dohiquu. Nahinahv?) Osigwo, ihina?
Long time no see
What's your name? ᎦᏙ ᏕᏣᏙᎠ? (Gado, detsadoa)
My surname is ... ... ᏓᏆᏙ (dagwado)
Where room you from? ᎭᏢ ᏖᎬᎢ? (Hatlv tegvi)
I'm indigenous ... ... ᏗᎨᎬ. (Digegv)
Pleased to satisfy you ᎦᎵᎡᎵ ᏥᏕᎾᎸ (Galiheli tsidenalv)
Good morning (Morning greeting) ᎣᏍᏓ ᏑᎾᎴᎢ (Osda sunalei)ᎣᏍᏓ ᏒᎾᎴᎢ (Osda svnalei)
Good afternoon (Afternoon greeting) ᎣᏍᏓ ᏒᎯᏰᏱᏗᏢ (Osda svhiyeyiditlv)
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 ᏗᏓᏲᎵᎲᏛᎦᎴᏂᏍᎬ (Didayolihvdvgalenisgv)
Good luck!
Cheers! good Health! (Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit / have a quite meal
Bon voyage / have actually a great journey
Yes ᎥᎥ (Vv)
No ᎥᏝ (Vtla)
Maybe ᎠᏎᏱᎩ (Aseyigi)
I don't know ᎨᏍᏗ ᏱᏥᎦᏔ (Gesdi yitsigata)Ꮭ ᏱᏥᎦᏔ (Tla yitsigata)
I understand ᎪᎵᎦ (Goliga)
I don't understand Ꮭ ᏱᎪᎵᎦ (Tla yigoliga)ᎨᏍᏗ ᏱᎪᎵᎢᎦ (Gesdi yigoliga)
Please speak more slowly ᎤᏍᎦᏃᎵ ᎯᏬᏂᎯ (Usganoli hiwonihi)
Please say the again ᎠᏏᏇ ᎭᏓ (Asique hada)
Please write it down ᎰᏪᎸᎦ (Hohwelvga) >sgᏍᏙᏪᎸᎦ (Sdowelvga) >dlᎢᏦᏪᎸᎦ (Itsowelvga) >pl
Do friend speak English?
Do you speak Cherokee? ᏣᎳᎩᏍ ᎯᏬᏂᏍᎩ? (Tsalagis hiwonisgi) >sg
Yes, a little(reply to 'Do friend speak ...?') ᎥᎥ, ᎢᎦᏛ (V'v, igadv) ᎥᎥ ᎦᏲᏟ (Vv, gayotli)
Speak come me in Cherokee
How do you to speak ... In Cherokee? ᎯᎳᎪ ᎤᏘᏗ ... ᏣᎳᎩᏱ? (Hilago utidi... Tsalagiyi?)
Excuse me
How lot is this? ᎯᎳ ᎢᎦᎢ? (Hila igai?)
Sorry ᎤᏲ ᎠᏰᎶᏗ (Uyo ayelodi)
Please ᎰᏩᏧ (Howatsu)
Thank you ᏩᏙ (Wado)
Reply to say thanks to you ᎬᎵᎡᎵᎦ (Gvlieliga)
Where's the toilet / bathroom? ᎭᏢ ᏙᏯ ᎤᎾᏨᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ (Hatlv doya unatsvsdi yigi)
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will certainly pay for everything
Would you favor to dance through me?
Do girlfriend come here often?
I miss out on you
I love you ᎬᎨᏳᎢ (Gvgeyu'i)
Get fine soon
Go away! ᏪᎾ! (Wena!)
Leave me alone! ᏪᎾ (we na)
Help! ᎠᎵᏍᏕᎸᏗ! (Alisdelvdi!)
Fire! ᎠᏥᎸ (Atsilv)
Stop! ᎠᎴᏫᏍᏙᏗ! (Alewisdodi!)
Call the police!
Christmas greetings ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏕᏘᏱᏍᎬᎢ (ulihelisdi unadetiyisgv'i) ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏲᎯᎲ (ulihelisdi danisdayohihv) ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᏗᎦᎸᏉᏗ ᎢᎦ (ulihelisdi digalvquodi iga)
New Year greetings ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᎢᏤ ᎠᏕᏘᏱᏍᎬ (ulihelisdi itse adetiyisgv)
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 complete of eels ᎢᎧᎵᏨᏕᎦ ᏓᏆᎴᎳ ᎦᏃᎯᎵᏙ ᎠᏆᏤᎵᎢ (Kalitsvdega daqualela ganohilido aquatselii)

Some Cherokee phrases detailed by EE, mary M. Revis (ᏎᎷ), Tyson LaDale (ᎦᎴᏴᏍᎬ ᎤᎨᏓᎵᏴ) Taylor-Gerstner and also Dariann Scott.

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Other collection of Cherokee paragraph 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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