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 "a" as in "father"
 "e" as in "echo"
 "I" as in "ski"
 "o" as in "hello"
 "u" as in "Buddha"
 "v" as in "but"

( ) Parentheses denote parts of the word that might be silent in informal speech

: long vowel

? is a glottal stop, or a catch in the throat, such as in between the two syllables in the English phrase "uh-oh"Pronounciation

BASICS

 (O)siyo Hello  Wado Thank you
 Dohiju? How are you?  Ama water, salt

 Dohiju noquo , Uwodige Kagasgo?
How are you now, Brown Cow?
 Howa You are welcome, okay,
all right, truly.
Osda Good.  Kla (also spelled "hla" and "tla") No
 Uyoi Bad  Vv Yes
 Nidajelvna Ugly  Aniyvwiya?I Principal People (the Cherokee name for Cherokee)

NUMBERS

 sa(g)wu one  gat(i)gqog(i) seven
 ta?l(i) two  canel(a) eight
 jo?(i) three  sonel(a) nine
 nvg(i) four  sgo(hi) ten
 hisg(i) five  sadu(?i) eleven
 sudal(i) six  talidu(?i) twelve


COLORS

 adalonige orange (color or fruit)  ije (i)yust(i) green (new-like)
 adelv silver, money  sakonige blue, grey
 dalonige yellow  unega white
 dalonige-adelv gold  usogosdagigage scarlet,
 gi(ga)ge red  Usogosdagigage Ohala Scarlett O'Hara
 kvnige(?i) black  uwodige brown

ANIMALS:

BIRDS

 dojuwa cardinal  ji(s)ji(s) winter wren
 dudi snowbird  jisk(wa) bird
 dvsdi pheasant  jisquoquo robin
 golanv raven  jitag(a) chicken
 gule disgonihi dove  noqu(i)si meadowlark, star
 guque quail, patridge  sasa goose
 Guque sidanelvhi Patridge Family  suli buzzard
 Dani Guque Dan Quayle  tawodi chicken hawk
 guque diganasai guinea fowl  jaquoladagi bluebird
 gvna turkey  ugug(u) hoot owl
 gvnataquatotli peacock  uwohala eagle
 huhu yellow mockingbird  walela hummingbird
 kawon(i) duck  wa:kv:ta fox sparrow
 kog(a) crow  wohi pigeon
 kanasgowa heron  
 kvgwo:ha sapsucker  
 jayoga bluejay  
 jeni wren  
 jigalili chickadee  

INSECTS

 (ani)kananesgi spider  kanajisdeji wasp
 dosa udvna mosquito  lolo locust
 dolajuga grass-hopper sgoya anesgilvvsgi caterpiller 
 dvga fly (noun)  squaduli hornet
 jasgaya yellowjacket  taladu cricket
 jisgoya bug  udolanvsdi praying mantis
 jasuga flea  wadulisi bee
 kamama butterfly  

FISH

 ajad(a) fish  oliga red horse (fish)
 daloge hog-sucker  unoga bass (fish)
 dvdegi eel  unvjadv ajadi speckled trout
 julolvdi ajadi rainbow trout  usdi ajadi minnow (little fish)

MAMMALS

 adage nestling (it is being born)  jisdu rabbit
 ahwi deer  kwaniXst' rat
 dewa flying squirrel  ogana groundhog
 digalinvhidv donkey
(them-s/he rides; long ears)
 selagisqua muskrat
 dila skunk  salol(i) squirrel
 dila gvnagei black skunk  siqua pig
 dosawdvl' digiski ant-eater  siqua-ujejasdi opossum (smiling pig)
 doyi beaver  soquil(i) horse
 etli mink  talasgewi shrew
 gili igodi ehi prairie dog  tlvdaji lion, panther
 gitl(i) dog  tlomeha bat
 gvhe bobcat  ukaso?caned(v) goat (it-down hill-goes)
 gvli raccoon  unodena sheep (woolly, bushy)
 jinequa mole  wahayv wolf
 jinstej' mouse  wag(a) cow
 jisgaji daloni weasel  wes(a) cat
 jutl' fox  yon(a) bear
 kamama elephant  yonasa buffalo

Gige-yust' kamama could mean "Pink Elephant" or "Purple Butterfly"

REPTILES and an ARTHROPOD

 adogiyasgi inadv black racer (snake)  teh?ga tadpole, toad
 dagasi terrapin  tiyohali lizard
 galegi black snake  ugan'tena water moccasin
 inad(a) snake  Ukatena mythic water monster with antlers
 jistan(a) crawfish  ujonati rattlesnake
 julasgi alligator, iron pot  ulinawi turtle
 kanunu bullfrog  walos(i) frog
 saligwug(i) water turtle wodige asgoli copperhead

PLANTS and FUNGI

 adalonige orange  nodaji spicewood
 ajina cedar  noji pine
 anidalonige ga:do anildi:sgi carrots (yellow growers-in-the-ground)  noji (i)yusd(i) svgata pineapple
 anv strawberry  nunv potato
 asdayahi oak*  nunv uganasdv sweet potato (long potato)
 atisvgi birch*  nvdoqueyatlugvi sourwood tree
 ayugidv hazelnut  quanena banana
 dalonige adadvsigi apricot  quanunasdi plum
 daquasanv turnip  quanv peach
 dawajila tlugvi elm tree  sali persimmon
 dil(I)gali:sgi willow  sedi walnut
 duya aniladisgi peanut  sedi iyusdi svgata pear
 gaganma cucumber  selu corn
 galowed(i) redbud  squash' squash (hey!)
 ganulai grass  svg(a)ta apple
 gitaya cherry  svgi onion
 gonohenv rice  tili tlugvi chestnut tree
 gusv beech*  tlugvi tree
 guwa mulberry  tula bean
 gvgisdi watermelon  uganasda sweet grass
 hutsilvha flower  ujalesdi wheat
 iya pumpkin  uloque edible, brown mushroom
 jiji thistle, wren  ulvda poison ivy
 jolv tobacco  unaguhisdi tomato
 juwagi maple*  usdasdi holly
 kaloquegidi locust (wood)*  usgewi cabbage
 kanasdaji sassafras  uwaga passionflower
 kanvsita dogwood  wanei hickory*
 jiyu tlugvi poplar tree  yugida hazelnut
 juganonv ash (wood)  *one of the Seven Council Fire woods

RELATIONS

 agitlagi aunt (my)  elisi grandmother
 ajiyehi wife  etlogi aunt
 anadanvtli brothers  igido sister
 aquetsi ageyutsa daughter (my)  iginvtli brother (my)
 edoda father  jalisi grandmother (your)
 edudu grandfather (my)  usdiga baby
 eduji uncle  uwetsidvhi son (of another)
 eji mother  vgiwina nephew

DIRECTIONS

 ayetli middle, nation
 dikatlvgv?i East, it is rising up on
 eladi down
 galvladi up
 juganawv?i South, warm, Democrat
 usvnhiyi West
 uyvtlv?i North, cold, Republican

CLAN NAMES

 Aniawi Deer Clan
 Anisahoni Blue (Holly) Clan
 Anigatagewi Wild Potato Clan
 Anigilohi Longhair, Offended, Panther, Twister Clan
 Anijisqua Bird Clan
 Aniwaya Wolf Clan
 Aniwodi (Red) Paint Clan

MISCELLANEOUS

 ahuli drum  Jalagiyi Ayeli Cherokee Nation
 ajilv fire  iga ehi nvdo sun
 anilasdalv tribe  nvwwati medicine
 ditlelosdodi art (for those folks that keep saying there's no word for "art" in Native languages)  teehee killer
 dohiyi peace  gvgegui love
 gejikahvda anegvi Trail of Tears  jvsgina satan
 go?i grease, oil  udo svnoehi moon
 gowe coffee  unalii friend
 elohi Earth  unelanvhi God

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