Morning Practice


Each writing exercise will consist of two parts:

  • Initial writing exercise.

    • This brief exercise exists solely to introduce you to the shapes of these new letters.
  • Full practice exercise.

    • This is the exercise through which you will actually learn the Syllabary.

Learning the shapes.

This exercise covers “Ꭰ (a)”, “Ꭱ (e)”, “Ꭲ (i)”, “Ꭳ (o)”, “Ꭴ (u)”, “Ꭵ (v)” and “Ꭶ (ga)”.

Estimated time: 5 minutes.

The purpose of this exercise is to learn the hand strokes needed for writing each of the letters. Write the following line out six times. Take your time and draw each letter step by step as depicted in the following figure. Do not write out the English pronunciation next to each letter. Instead as you write each letter, say aloud its name while keeping the tip of your tongue against the backside of your lower front teeth.


Video: Introduction

Recognition Practice.

Estimated time: 10 minutes.

Handwrite the English pronunciation for each of the following Cherokee letters:

Writing Practice.

Estimated time: 10 minutes.

Handwrite the Cherokee letter for each of the following English pronunciations:


Video: How to do a Dictation Exercise

Video: Dictation Practice

Audio Dictation Practice

Estimated time: 20 minutes.

Have a partner call out each of the following letters. (If you don’t have a partner, search for “Cherokee Syllabary Dictation Practice” to find some dictation videos). As the letters are called out, write each one down. At the end of each line, your partner should say “next line”. The purpose of this exercise is to learn the letters based strictly on sound.

Estimated time: 20 minutes.

Switch places with your partner and repeat the exercise.

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