Morning Practice

Learning the shapes.

This exercise covers “Ꮚ (gwu)”, “Ꮛ (gwv)”, “Ꮜ (sa)”, “Ꮝ (s)”, “Ꮞ (se)”, “Ꮟ (si)”, and “Ꮠ (so)”.

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.


It is very important when writing the letter “Ꮚ” to draw the middle bump curved towards the right and to draw the top curve stopping very close to the left where the letter starts. If you don’t write the letter this way, it might be mistaken for either of the letters “Ꮗ (gwe)” or “Ꮿ (ya)”.

Recognition Practice.

Be careful not to confuse “Ꮗ (gwe)” and “Ꮚ (gwu)” with each other in the following exercise.

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: Dictation Practice

Audio Dictation Practice

Estimated time: 20 minutes.

Have a partner call out each of the following letters. 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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