Tsali, meaning Charlie in the Cherokee language, is the most mispronounced word in the language. Majority (90%) of people that claim to be Cherokee on the Qualla Boundary say Sa-li. There is no such word pronounced this way. The T is not silent
In order to find the patterns in the words, you have to look at the full form of the word. Many speakers and even dictionaries do not give the full syllables of the word. You need to see these syllables to see the patterns.
As we tried to follow the Cherokee patterns in the Cherokee language, we kept running into two problems. One was not having the full forms of the words. (We’ll talk about the second problem a little later in the blog—English.)
Many people try to teach Cherokee by comparing it to English. This is like using parts from your old Edsel to try to fix your Ferrari. (English being the old Edsel that’s already had parts from different cars rigged up to make it run.
We have asked ourselves this many times, after the patterns of Cherokee became clear. The language seemed so simple, and yet so incredibly beautiful. It was logical and consistent to a degree that scholars today say is impossible.