Your Grandmother's Cherokee

Preserving the Cherokee language, one word at a time.

Level 2 Students Master FUTURE tense

Sample questions, Level 2 FUTURE

Level 2 students taking the Your Grandmother's Cherokee course in Cherokee, N.C., have just mastered the FUTURE tense. For example, "I will go to Asheville" = Tokiasdi dagesi. They passed their exam with A's and B's. Way to go!


Red Maples in the Great Smoky Mountains. Photo by Barbara R. Duncan

Gohi iga
This day

Kawoni taline
April 2nd

It’s warm outside

Atse tsogesi
Green fields
(Fields are green)

Flowers are blooming

Thanksgiving--Words for Eating

Eastern wild turkey from the National Wild Turkey Federation

Some Cherokee words specify whether the action is happening to a solid, liquid, flexible thing, long thing, or living thing.  This is another way that Cherokee language differs from English.  Talking about eating is very specific. 


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