Published On: Mon, Dec 21st, 2009
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Basketball Terms in the Cherokee Language

 Courtesy of Kituwah Preservation and Education Program

Basketball a-la-sga-l(v)-di

Basketball goal ga-nv-di wi-ga-lo-di

He/she walked da-la-sgv-na

He/she fouled a-sga-nv-gi

He/she fouled him/her a-da-sga-nv-tsi-si

He/she scored ga-nv-v-ga

They scored ha-ni-nv-v-ga

Free throw a-se-quo wa-di-nv-da

Two free throws ta-li se-quo wi-da-di-nv-da

He/she will shoot (free throw) a-se-quo wi-da-yu-de-si

Basketball players a-la-sga-l(v)-di, a-na-ne-tso-v-sgi

The starting players a-na-le-ni-sgi

Referee di-gu-go-di-sgi

Referees di-nu-go-di-sgi

Time Clock ga-na-ne-sgi

Minute i-ya-ta-wo-sta-nv

A second a-se-tlv-hi

Boys a-ni-tsu-tsa

Girls a-ni-ge-yu-tsa

Team u-na-li-go-hi

Teams tsu-na-li-go-hi

He/she missed ga-nv-da

He/she tried a-ne-l(v)-da

Half court line a-ye-li a-sda-nv-nv-i

They are going to start now no-quo dv-na-le-nv-hi

They are playing a-na-ne-tso-v-sga

In the corner of the court u-nv-si-yv-i

From the side of the court a-sdv-i-tsa

He/she made a three pointer tso-i ga-nv-v-ga

They are winning/in the lead a-na-da-ta-lo-sga/a-gv-yi a-na-i

He/she got tripped da-tsi-lo-de-sda

He/she tripped over her/his own feet u-wa-sa da-da-lo-de-sda

He/she handed it to him/her wa-da-hv-si

He/she threw the ball away wi-tsi wu-du-ga

Basketball court tsu-na-ne-tso-di

The opposing team a-ni-so-i u-na-li-go-hi

Schools tsu-na-de-lo-qua-sdi

The length of the court nu-da-nv-hi-sv u-na-ne-tso-di

The ballgame is over a-ni-squa-do-na a-na-ne-tso-v-sgv

They won a-na-da-ta-lo-hi

They got beat ge-tsi-ta-lo-hi

They are practicing a-na-l(i)-si-na-hv-sdi

He/she fell ga-nv-gi

He/she stepped out of bounds do-ye-di-tsa wa-la-si-hv-ga

Fans a-ni-gu-sdv-di-sgi

Cheerleaders a-ne-lu-hv-sgi

Parents a-na-da-ga-yv-li-ge-i

Children di-ni-yo-tli

Buzzer/horn u-no-yv-ga

Whistle a-tso-ta-sdi

They are cheering/yelling u-ne-lu-ga

They are beginning to cheer a-ne-lu-hv-sga

They are standing a-ni-do-ne-a Flag ga-da

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