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February 16, 2002

Cherokee language lesson: Where Did You Get It ?

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Keywords: cherokee language lesson Cherokee language learn cherokee CHEROKEE LANGUAGE Cherokee Language Lessons how to say where did you get in Cherokee language study with emphasis on the Eastern dialect or the Giduwa dialect Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian

AUTHOR: Bo Tayolor

Cherokee language study with emphasis on the Eastern dialect or the Giduwa dialect. Includes sound recordings.

In this lesson you will learn about the Cherokee words for Where Did You Get?Cherokee being a very descriptive language often has some of the verbs describing action by its form. Here are some examples:

Ball, rock and a cup all are dense items and they are often typified as being “round” or in the “lump” form.

Paper, clothes and a blanket are items that are pliable and they are described as being “flexible.” (Note: Often animate objects such as a cat, dog or a baby will fall into this group.)

Coffee, water and beer are items that are liquid and their form is also designated as the “liquid” form.

Pencil, a key and a stick are items that are long and rigid and are designated as “rigid” items.

The four major classificatory verbs are lump, flexible, liquid and rigid. Remember these forms; you will be using them in future lessons.

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Where did you get the rock? (lump):

Ga-tsv tsa-gi-se nv-ya

Where you get rock

Where did you get the paper? (flexible):

Ga-tsv tsa-na-gi-se go-we-li

Where you get paper

Where did you get the coffee? (liquid):

Ga-tsv tsa-ne-gi-se ko-wi

Where you get coffee

Where did you get the pencil? (rigid):

Ga-tsv tsa-ya-he di-go-we-lo-di

Where you get pencil

About the Author:


Bo Taylor serves as Archivist for the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. He is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian. Mr. Taylor has a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology with a minor in Cherokee Studies from Western Carolina University. He can read and write in the Cherokee language. Mr. Taylor gives lectures on the history of the Cherokee Indian, performs traditional Cherokee dances, and dances at Native American Pow-wows.

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