Fourth Cherokee Language Lesson
nv-gi:-ne tsa-la-gi' go-we-lv:-i
by Richard Francis

In Lesson 3, we learned to count from eleven to fifteen and filled in the syllabary for these numbers. In this lesson we will see if the syllabary we filled in is correct and will move on to numbers sixteen through twenty. We will also introduce some more phrases and vocabulary words to help build a language base from which to work. Make certain to fill in the syllabary for the new material below and to review the old material.

Fill the blanks by referring to your syllabary.

11. eleven sa - du - i

12. twelve ta - li - du - i

13. thirteen tso - ga - du - i

14. fourteen ni - ga - du - i

15. fifteen - gi - da - du - i

16. sixteen ___________ da-la-du-i

17. seventeen _________ ga-li-qua-du-i

18. eighteen __________ ne-la-du-i

19. nineteen __________ so-hne-la-du-i

20. twenty ___________ ta-li-s-go-hi

A Short Dialog ( from Lesson 3):

(1) First person (2) Second person

(1) Ga to de tsa' to a'

(2) Bill da wa? to: a

(1) Hi tsa-la-gi s

(2) Tsi tsa-la-gi

(1) Tsa-la-gi s hi-wo-ni

(2) Tsa-la-gi ga-yo:tli tsi-wo-ni

A New Short Dialog:

(1) First person (2) Second person

(1) Jane o-si-yo, do-hi-tsu _____________

(2)Carl o-si-yo, o-s-da ____________

(1) Ha-tlv he'-ga ________________

(2) Di-que-nv-sv-i ge:-ga __________

(1) Da-ni-la'-wi-ga ge:-ga _____________

(2)Do-nv-da-go-hv-i __________________

(1) Ho-wa _________________

Vocabulary (keyed to the dialog):

(1) Jane o-si-yo, do-hi-tsu Jane hello, how are you?

(2)Carl o-si-yo, o-s-da Carl hello, I am fine.

(1) Ha-tlv he'-ga Where are you going?

(2)Di-que-nv-sv-i ge:-ga I am going home.

(1) Da-ni-la'-wi-ga ge:-ga I am going to church service.

(2)Do-nv-da-go-hv-i Until we meet again.

(1) Ho-wa All right!


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