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The Cherokee language may no longer be in common use, but some determined efforts are being made to keep it alive and maintain the cultural heritage that it represents. Cherokee language classes are now being offered at Western Carolina University. Although it is simply a one-day class and not a full language learning course, it gives hope that the language will not simply be discarded in the face of the dominant culture. Ideally the introductory course will lead more students [...]
Each semester, students in Professor Ken Smith’s typography and layout design class are given an unusual assignment. They are told to study all the alphabets of the Cherokee language and come up with a typeface for all the 85 letters. Each student is assigned 5 letters which they are to transform into the assigned typeface. The Bradford University professor says that most of the students are surprised at first but later enjoy the assignement as it gives them the benefit [...]
When Europeans first landed in North America, they found a people living in the mountainous regions of what are now eastern Tennessee, northwest Georgia and the western Carolinas that they called "Cherokee." The name "Cherokee" came from the Chakchiuma (Choctaw) phrase meaning, "cave people" and is still used today by non-native people, as well as the native people in the form of "Tsalagi." Originally, their name was Aniyáwiya, technically "Clan of the People," which also referred to their native language. Five-hundred years later in modern America, the Aniyáwiya language is still spoken by approximately 10,000 people in the Cherokee Nation, located in the 14 county area of Dalikuah (Tahlequah), Oklahoma, as well as spoken in the homelands of the Eastern Band of Cherokee in western North Carolina and by others who have relocated to other areas of the world.
Download our free dictionary (for Windows or Android) and browse both the Cherokee-English and the English-Cherokee lists. Look up a word, add or modify an entry, and learn words at your own rhythm from a personal learning list. Click here to learn more about the features or scroll down to download the program. An online version is also available, so you can browse the dictionary without downloading it.
Download our free dictionary for Android! Browse the wordlists, look up words and practice your vocabulary at your own rhythm. An online version is also available, so you can browse the dictionary without downloading it.
This dictionary was made by Shawn Buchanan Greene.
List status: © Shawn Buchanan Greene
Cherokee > English: 5,171 words
English > Cherokee: 6,224 words
Last update: March 21, 2014
First upload: September 14, 2008
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a as in the a in father
i as in the e in feet
u as in the u in lute
e as in the a in gate
o as in the o in mow
g,k,s,d,t,n,h,m,y,l,w as in English
Vowels with accents are nasalized.
Any two consonants in immediate succession are glottal pauses.
a dash is an elongated vowel
dl and tl as in waddle or tattle
dz and ts may sometimes be pronounced as English diphthong ch or j
When two A syllables appear in succession, immediate or not, they are pronounced nasally.
When the syllables a and i appear in immediate succession they are pronounced as I in tie.
When gu and any vowel a,i,u,e,o appear in immedate succesion, they are pronounced as English gwa, gwi, gwu, gwe, gwo.
When ku and any vowel a,i,u,e,o appear in immedate succesion, they are pronounced as English kwa, kwi, kwu, kwe, kwo.