Tsalagi (Cherokee) Language (cohanna_c.htm)

Tsalagi (Cherokee) Language

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The first column is the English word, with the second column being the Tsalagi (Cherokee) word. I cannot guarantee accuracy here, only that I have done the very best that I could. Of course it is inevitable that the Eastern as well as the Western dialects are intermingled. Any additions, or Corrections will be gratefully accepted and will be recognized here.

This page was updated on 7/5/99

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cabbage

usgewi, squewi

cairn (rock burial)

dagalgvyi - they are piled there

cake

`wa du `li si

California

a de ka tsu lv

call

hi ya na

called

du do ? a

caller

ahyeliski, ayeliski - mocker

camel

kemili

camp

sustiyi

campfire

atsila sustiyi

can

ta lu gi sgi

candle

ukanawi atsvsdodi

Candy

Kal se tsi

cane (reed)

iheya

cane (staff)

udalanusti, adalanvsti

cannibals

yvwigisgi - man eaters

canoe

tsiyu - see also Poplar tree

cap

al sdu lo, ugvtsadi alisquetawv

captive

uhutsi

captive catcher

dahudigisgi

car

'a 'tso du 'di

cardinal

totsuhwa

Castiron pot

tsulasgi

cat

wesa

Catawba Indians

AniTagwa

Catawba Killer

Tagwadihi, Tagwatihi - personal male name

catch-fly

ganidawasgi - see also rattlesnake's master

caterpillar

sgoya anesgilvvsgi

catfish

tsulstanuyi - he has a beard

catgut (plant)

distai'yi

catholics

a tsi la a ne lo hi

cattail

astislusgi - firemaker

cave

ustagalayi

cedar

atsina

center

ayeli

centipede

tsuganotsi

central

ayeli

ceremonial mound

gauwatlunehi

chair

gasgina, gasgilo

chair/table

ga sgi lo

change clothes

da hna wa ? i yv ? a

chapter

ayadolvi

charcoal

ginasgi

Cherokee

tsa la gi

Cherokee (I am)

Tsitsalagi

cherokee (language)

tsalagi

Cherokee (place)

Tsalagiyi

Cherokee Indians

AniTsalagi

Cherokee Nation

tsalagitiayeli

Cherokee Tribe (Principle People)

a ni yv wi ya

cherry

gi ta ya

chestnut

utiti, tili

chestnut bread

diskwani

Chestnut tree

tilitllugvi

chew

hi gi sdo ja

chickadee

tsigilili

Chickamauga

Tsikamagi - River of Death

Chickasaw Tribe

a ni tsi ga sa

Chickasawa Indians

AniTsiksa

chicken

tsutagu - ruffed grouse

Chicken hawk

tawodi

chief

vganuweuwe, asgaya yvwi yvwi - great person, greatness emphasized by repetition of yvwi

chief (peace)

duweuwe wanidatsi - see also Uku

chief (war)

danawagaweuwee - see also Raven

chief/ruler

u gv wi yu hi

child

ayule, ayotli

child (my daughter's)

tsvgilisi

Child of

Uwetsi

child (my son's)

vginisi

children

dini ayule, diniyotli

children (my daughter's)

tsvgilisi

children (my son's)

tsuginisi

chimney

ahutsawalagvi

chipmunk

giyuga, giuga - ground squirrel

Choctaw Indians

AniTsata

choose

ha su ya gi

chosen

suyeta

chosen (he is)

asuyeta

chosen (I am)

gasuyeu

Chota

Itsati - Cherokee Capitol, Monroe County, Tn

Christ

Galoneda

Christian

tsunelti

Christmas

Unadetiyisgvi

Chunky

tsvge, tsvgayvyi, gatayasti - they are running, a game

Chunky yard

tsvgeyi

church

tsunilawisdi

church (service)

danilawiga

circle

a de yo ha

Citico

Sitiku - Town on Little Tenn. River

city

ga du 'hv 'i

Clans

Ugaya - Seven Clan Society

Clara

Tlaqua

clay

gadagwala

Clay Woman

Agidagwa - personal female name

clean

u da nv ga lv da

clear

yiga

climb

luhi

climber

gulega

climbing (I am)

tsilihu

Clock

wasti

close

as du di

close eyes

ta kta sda

close to

na ? v

closed

gewi

closed (they have their ears)

tsvgulisgewi

cloth

a 'nu wo, anawo

clothing

di 'nu wo, agwanu

cloud

ulogilv

clouds

unitsila

cloudy

u 'lo gi 'la

coat

gasalena

cobra

kwandaioha

coffee

`ka `wi, gowe

Coffeepot

kawiadoditsulasgi

cold

uyvtsa, uhyvdla, uhyvdlv

colt

agina soquili

comb hair

hahl ta wo ja

come

dehana, nu'la, e he na

Come in

giyvha

comet

atsilatlvdatsi - fire panther

compass

alani agadadi - land stealer

complete

udulula

computer

elisk

conceived

nehandu, nehanadu

Conch shell

elaquaamaequahiehi

confusing

u jo sdi

conjuror

dadunesgi, didahnvwisgi

constipation

tsvdegewi - they have them closed

container

atlisdodi

cook

ha da sda yv hv ga

cook (chef)

adastayuhuski, adasdayvhvsgi

cook (to)

adasdayvhv

cooked

uwanusuhi

cooking

gunesti

Cooking pot

Tsulasgi

Cooking stove

adasdayadigakahvi

cool

u ne sv yv tli

copper

tsiyi

copperhead (snake)

wudige askoli, wodige asgoli

corn

selu

corn (parched)

seluguwesa

corn (parched, meal)

gahawesita - war ration carried on war trail

corn bread

`ga du - `se lu

Corner

unvsiyvi

corn gruel (sour)

kanahe'na

corn meal

seluesi

corn meal pudding

uganasta

corn tassel

utsitsata

cornbread

tsalugatu, selugadu

corner

u hnv si yv ? i

cougar

tlvdatsi - see also panther

council

anasga

Council House

Anaskayi - see also Townhouse

country (Cherokee)

AniTsalagigatohi - Our land, Given to the Tsalagi

county

sga 'du gi

Cousin

gusdi

cousins (we are all)

gusdi idadadvhni

cove

ugedaliyvi

cow

waka, waga

coward

usgianu

cow-itch (flower)

ganeda

coyote

waya

cracked

unestla

crane

ganutsitali

crawfish (large red)

tsiskagili - thunder's dog

crawfish (little rabbit)

tsistuna

crazy

unastisgi, nudatuna - see also insane

cream

 

cream

udatlvd, udatlvda, udatlvdi, as ta tlv da

creation (the)

dinetlana

creek

ama awaya, niladvyi, u we yv ? i

Creek Indians

AniGusa, AniKusa

Creek Path

Kusa Nvnehi

Creek Tribe

a ni gu si

Creeks (Lower)

AniKawita

cricket

talatu, detalayesgi - it gnaws hair from furs

cross (ugly, mean)

asgasiti

crossed (I have)

gatugi

crossing place (ford)

asatvyi

crow

ko ga

Cry

atloyasdi

cucumber

gagama

cup

ganuhilodi

cute

u kv hi sdi

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