Cherokee language facts for kids
The Cherokee do not use the Latin alphabet (ABCs) like English does. Instead, they use their own alphabet, which looks a lot like the ABCs. Each letter represents a different syllable sound. This special alphabet was invented by a Cherokee man named Sequoyah.
Below is a chart of all the letters of the Cherokee alphabet and the sound each one makes.
- In the chart, ‘v’ represents a nasal vowel, which is pronounced like "ung" in "lung".
- The character Ꮩ do is shown upside-down in some fonts. It should look like the Latin letter V.
The Cherokee language uses many prefixes and suffixes.
Images for kids
Translation of Genesis into the Cherokee language, 1856
Wikitongues Jerry speaking Cherokee.mp3
Recording of a native Cherokee speaker from the Eastern Band
Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee syllabary
Cherokee stop sign, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, with "alehwisdiha" (also spelled "halehwisda") meaning "stop"
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