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Fresca
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 5:22 pm    Post subject: interesting tidbit Reply with quote

I don't know if i told you guys this... but i have been studying the Cherokee (Tsilagi) language (a structured program)

Well i just found out the Cherokee word for "Earth"...
it is pronounced "Eh-Loh-Hee".

Just thought that was an interesting Tidbit.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 8:44 pm    Post subject: Re: interesting tidbit Reply with quote

[quote="Fresca"]I don't know if i told you guys this... but i have been studying the Cherokee (Tsilagi) language (a structured program)

Well i just found out the Cherokee word for "Earth"...
it is pronounced "Eh-Loh-Hee".

Just thought that was an interesting Tidbit.[/quote

Many Native American Languages have interesting similarities to Middle Eastern dialects.

I became aware of some of these during college. Since then I have found more authors bringing this up.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's always awesome when you make a discovery... I mean heck i'm taking Cherokee 1... I'm _far_ from fluent... learning the alphabet alone is a task... 84 letters ! However on the bright side once i get that super down I wont be dealing with all the rules and exceptions of english as Cherokee so far as i have seen is totally phonetic. Another interesting thing is how children within a family are refered to in the language... one of 2 ways: they are "embraced within" in the family or "planted" in the family - in this case a child is seen something like a plant in a garden that you care for and when the plant is mature it is "harvested" and begins a garden of its own, the family itself is the garden.

This is my first non-western (i.e. european or e. european) language. I have always believed that the structure of a language is a reflectionof the cultural and social and psychology of a culture. I must admit this is very different from what we are accustomed to in the west and is a major shift. It's quite beautiful !
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fresca wrote:
It's always awesome when you make a discovery... I mean heck i'm taking Cherokee 1... I'm _far_ from fluent... learning the alphabet alone is a task... 84 letters ! However on the bright side once i get that super down I wont be dealing with all the rules and exceptions of english as Cherokee so far as i have seen is totally phonetic. Another interesting thing is how children within a family are refered to in the language... one of 2 ways: they are "embraced within" in the family or "planted" in the family - in this case a child is seen something like a plant in a garden that you care for and when the plant is mature it is "harvested" and begins a garden of its own, the family itself is the garden.

This is my first non-western (i.e. european or e. european) language. I have always believed that the structure of a language is a reflectionof the cultural and social and psychology of a culture. I must admit this is very different from what we are accustomed to in the west and is a major shift. It's quite beautiful !


When you look at a culture, belief, etc from it's own terms it is amazing what you discover!

Sounds really cool to find that you are excited at this undertaking.

I wish the best of luck.

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