A super quick way to start speaking Cherokee and to start grasping the mindset of the language is to start replacing your English (or primary language) with Cherokee words and sounds.
Ever needed a "jump start" on your car or truck?
Well, onomatopoeia's can become a "jump start" for your language!
What's an onomatopoeia?
It is a poetic way of describing a sound or can identify an animal or object with a sound.
The Greeks coined the word and the Latin borrowed it. Our English is Latin based.
Story tellers and Poets often use onomatopoeia to access the reader’s auditory sense and create rich soundscapes.
My friend tells me that Onomatopoeia could be called (in the Cherokee Language) ᎤᏃᏴᎬ ᎠᏰᎵᏍᎩ “'unoyvgv ayelisgi' (sound imitator or sound mocker).” [Source: Dr. Durbin Feeling]
We have an entire unit theme on ONOMATOPOEIA's we have collected from various sources including old documents, books, and even speakers who were willing to share with us.
Its a bit much for a blog post so we won't post it all here
we will give you a FEW just to get you jump started!
Remember, this is NOT a complete list of all the Cherokee onomatopoeia's (ᎤᏃᏴᎬ ᎠᏰᎵᏍᎩ) but it is a BEGINNING LIST.
Start using these in everyday life first.
Here we go!
What it describes English Version Cherokee
Dog Barking bow wow! woof! woof! Ꮧ! Ꮧ! [di:! di:!]
[note: I think of "yip!" when I hear this]
Rooster Crow cock-a-doodle-doo! Ꭷ ka- ᎯᏰᎩ! /ᎢᏥᏰᎩ [hiyegi! /itsiyegi]
clapping sound clap! clap! clap! Ꮪ! Ꮪ! Ꮪ! [du;! du:! du:!]
crow cawing caw, caw! Ꭺ Ꭶ [gho:ga!]
lightning flash (or zoom!) ᏌᏱ, ᏓᎻ! [sa:yi! da mi!]
thunder crack! boom! ᎯᎾᏚ [hi:nadu:!]
footsteps approaching clop, clop, clop! E, E, E! [GV:! GV:! Gv:!]
(also, Drum sounds!) pa rum pa pum pum E, E,E, E, E!
there are many MORE of these
but you can START right now by replacing your everyday English sounds with these CHEROKEE sounds instead!
Especially when you are telling BEDTIME STORIES to your children!