The Cheyenne language is spoken in Oklahoma and southeastern Montana. Here are some commonly used words of the language, with their spellings and pronunciation in Wav sound files. To hear many other Cheyenne words, Let's Listen to Cheyenne. For other information about the language visit the Cheyenne Language Web Site.

Common Cheyenne words

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[(plural addressee) means that more than one person is being spoken to.]


Áahtomónėstse, Listen!

Áahtomónėhéne, Listen later (plural addressee)!

Áahtovoo'o, Listen to him later!

Éháaeho'ta, It's sunny and hot.

Éháoho'ta, It's hot (weather).

Ého'eéto, It's snowing.

Éhoo'koho, It's raining.

E'ėha'ȯtse, Put your shoes on! E'ėha'o, Put your shoes on! (plural addressee)

E'seéstse'henȧtse, Put your coat on! E'seéstse'hena, Put your coat on! (plural addressee)

Éoseetonéto, It's really cold (weather).

Épéva'e, It's good.

Épévatamáno'e, It's good weather.

Éstséhne, Come in! (plural addressee)

Étonéto, It's cold (weather).

Éxanenėstse, Get ready! Éxanene, Get ready! (plural addressee)

hahóo, thank you (This is an inter-tribal word.)

Hámėstoo'ėstse, Sit down! Hámėstoo'e, Sit down! (plural addressee)

héehe'e, yes

hē'e, woman; he'eo'o, women

He'kotoo'ėstse, Be quiet!

Hémėseestse, Come eat! Hémėsehe, Come eat! (plural addressee)

Hena'háanehe, That's it, that's enough, the end

Hénová'e tséméseto, What are you eating?

hetane, man; hetaneo'o, men

Ho'sóó'ėstse, Dance! Ho'sóó'e, Dance! (plural addressee)

hová'ȧháne, no

ka'ėškone, child; ka'ėškóneho, children

kȧse'ééhe, young woman; kȧse'éeheho, young women

kȧsovááhe, young man; kȧsováaheho, young men

mȧhatamááhe, old woman

mahpe, water

ma'háhkéso, old man; ma'háhkėseho, old men

Ma'heo'o, God

ma'xėhohtóvamȧheo'o, Lame Deer IGA store (literally, big store)

Méavé'ho'eno nátao'sėtsėhe'eohtse, I'm going to Lame Deer.

mé'ėševȯtse, baby; mé'ėševoto, babies

Méseestse, Eat!

Métseha, Give it to him!

mo'éhno'ha, horse

Mónėhé'še, Are you ready to go?

Motsé'eóeve, Sweet Medicine

mȯxe'ėstónemȧheo'o, school

Náháéána, I'm hungry.

Náháomóhtahe, I'm sick.

Nákȧhaneotse, I'm tired.

Náne'étamenȯtse Ma'heo'o, I depend on God.

Nápévetano, I'm happy.

Nápévomóhtahe, I'm feeling good.

Nátao'semȧhoéve'ho'eohtse, I'm going to town.

Nátao'sėsé'eohtse, I'm going to the store (literally, going toward).

Nátsėhéstahe, I'm Cheyenne.

navésé'e, my friend (only said by a female, of a female friend)

Néá'eše, thank you (the "real" Cheyenne word. This is said to one person. Simpler spelling: Nia'ish)

Nėhetáa'e, That's all, That's enough

Né'áahtovėstse, Listen to me! Né'áahtove, Listen to me! (plural addressee)

Né'éstséhnėstse, Come in!

Né'seéstse'henȧtse, Take your coat off! Né'seéstse'hena, Take your coat off! (plural addressee)

Né'tó'ėstse, Take your shoes off!

Néháeanahe, Are you hungry?

Nékȧhaneotsehe, Are you tired?

Nénáasėstse, Come here!

Népévomóhtȧhehe, Are you feeling good?

néséne, (only said by a male, of a male friend)

Nėstaévȧhósevóomȧtse, I'll see you again.

Nėše'šėhe'onȧtse, Wash your hands!

Nėše'šévoénėstse, Wash your face!

Nétȧháoenama, Let's pray!

Nétȧhéve'hoosanémáne, Let's go look on! (for example, watch at a powwow or backetball game)

Néto'sėho'sóehe, Are you going to dance?

Nétónėševéhe, What's your name?

Nétsėhésenėstsehe, Do you talk Cheyenne?

Névááhe, Who? Névááso, Who was that?

Névé'nėheševe, Don't do that!

Nómonėhe'še, Alright, let's do it! (Or, Alright, go ahead and do it!)

Nóxa'e, Wait!

Pévevóona'o, Good morning

póéso, cat

oeškeso, dog

Taanáasėstse, Leave! Taanáase, Leave! (plural addressee)

Tȧhée'evonehnėstse, Go get on! (for example, Go get on the school bus!) Tȧhée'evonehne, Go get on! (plural addressee)

Tȧhéevo'soo'ėstse, Go play! Tȧhéevo'soo'e, Go play! (plural addressee)

Tȧhéhoestónėstse, Go to school! (also means, "Go read!") Tȧhéhoestóne, Go to school! (also means, "Go read!") (plural addressee)

Tȧhého'xeehahtsėstse, Go practice!

Tȧhéhoxomeha nėstotse, Go feed your dog! (The second word literally means "your pet," and can be said of any pet.)

Tȧhéovešėstse, Go to bed! Tȧhéoveše, Go to bed! (plural addressee)

Tȯhévo'éestsėstse, Tie your shoes!

To'ėstse, Get up (from bed)! To'e, Get up (from bed)! (plural addressee)

Tósa'e? Where?

Tósa'e éhoo'e, Where is he?

Tósa'e néhéstahe, Where are you from?

Tósa'e néhotse'ohe, Where are you working?

Tósa'e nénėxhé'óhtse, Where did you come from?

Tósa'e nétao'sėtsėhe'ohtse, Where are you going? Tósa'e nétao'sėtsėhe'ȯhtséme, Where are you going? (plural addressee)

Tsitsistas, the Cheyennes (technical spelling, Tsétsėhéstȧhese)


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