Muscogee Creek Language and Pronunciation Guide

The following is a list of Muscogee Creek Words. This list is not all inclusive. If you find any errors, please let us know. We endeavor to keep all language lists as accurate as possible. Below the list you will find the pronunciation guides.

                    Muscogee Creek Words

acorn ...................................................lakcv
animal .................................................ponvttv
ant .......................................................pvkoca
apple ...................................................persimmon svtv
arm..................................................... Sakpv
baby.................................................... estuce
back/his/her ........................................ era
bag ..................................................... sukcv
ball...................................................... pokko
bark (of one)...................................... to wohketv
basket...................................................svmpv
bath.................................................... aklopkv
bead.................................................... konawv
bean.................................................... tvlako
bear.................................................... nokose
beard.................................................. cokhesse
beaver................................................ eccaswv
bed..................................................... topv
bee..................................................... fo
bell.................................................... cvmhcakv
belly................................................... nvrke
berry.................................................... kvco
big....................................................... rakke
black person....................................... este-lvste
black.................................................... lvste
blanket................................................. vccetv
blue corn dumpling............................ cvtvhakv
blue....................................................... holatte
blue jay................................................. tvse
boat...................................................... perro
body, his/her........................................ ena 
boil....................................................... horetv
boil,to.................................................. morketv
bone..................................................... fone
born,to be............................................ hecketv
boy....................................................... cepane
brain..................................................... kvlpe
brain,his/her........................................ ekvlpe
branch.................................................. lvcce
bread................................................... taklike
bridge.................................................. aktopv
broken.................................................. kvcke
broom................................................... espaskv
brother,her........................................... ecerwv
brother-in-law..................................... cuko-wakke
buffalo................................................. yvnvsv
bullet.................................................... re
bullfrog................................................ vpvtvnv
burn,to................................................. etketv
butterfly............................................... tvffolope
buy,to.................................................. nesetv
buzzard............................................... sule
cactus................................................. tvnrakko
call out,to............................................ huehketv
camp.................................................. este-hvpo
cane.................................................... kohv
cat....................................................... pose
cedar................................................... vcenv
Cheek................................................. Yvnvwv 
chicken................................................ tolose
chicken hawk....................................... ayo
chief..................................................... mekko
child..................................................... hopuewv
child,her............................................... eccuswv
chin....................................................... notakhv
clean..................................................... hvsvtke
climb (of one),to.................................. vcemketv, vcumketv
close,to................................................ akhottetv
clothes.................................................. accvke
cloud..................................................... vholoce, holoce
coat....................................................... kapv
come (of one),to.................................. vtetv
corn....................................................... vce
cow....................................................... wakv
Coweta................................................. Kvwetv
crane..................................................... wvtulv
crawdad................................................ sakco
crawl,to................................................. hvlketv
crow...................................................... osahwv, osakwv
cup........................................................ sesketv
Cusseta................................................. Kvsehtv
cut,to...................................................... tvcetv
dance,to................................................ opvnetv
daughter,his........................................... eccuste
deep....................................................... sofke
deer........................................................ eco
die,to...................................................... eletv
do,to....................................................... mecetv
doctor..................................................... vlekcv
dog.......................................................... efv
door........................................................ vhvoke
dragonfly................................................ tvpvsvnv
dress....................................................... honnv
drink,to................................................... esketv
drink,old traditional............................... sofke
dry........................................................... kvrpe
duck........................................................ fuco
eagle....................................................... lvmhe
ear........................................................... hvcko
earth........................................................ ekvnv
eat........................................................... Pvpetv 
egg.......................................................... custake
elbow,his/her.......................................... ekuce
everything............................................... omvlkv
eye........................................................... turwv
face.......................................................... torofv
fall,to........................................................ lvtketv
far............................................................. hopvye
fast........................................................... pvfne
fast,to....................................................... posketv
feather..................................................... tafv
field......................................................... cvpofv
fingernail,his/her.................................... enkososowv
finger....................................................... enkewesakv
fire........................................................... totkv/mocvse 
fish.......................................................... rvro
five......................................................... Cahkepen
flea.......................................................... kvfko
floor......................................................... taktopvtake
flower...................................................... pakpvkuce
fly............................................................. canv
fly,to......................................................... tvmketv
flying squirrel.......................................... wvyo
food......................................................... hompetv
foot......................................................... eletvpekse
forked..................................................... yakpe
four .........................................................Osten 
fox........................................................... culv
friend,his/her.......................................... enhesse
frog.......................................................... kote
full............................................................ fvcke
girl........................................................... hoktuce
give,to..................................................... emetv
glass....................................................... fvlasko
glove....................................................... este-enke-hute
go (of one),to.......................................... vyetv
go about(more than one)...................... fulletv
go around (of one),to............................. vretv
go out,to................................................. ossetv
go through,to.......................................... ropottetv
goat......................................................... cowatv
God......................................................... Hesaketvmese
goose...................................................... sasakwv
grandchild,his/her................................... emosuswv
grandfather.............................................. puca
grandmother........................................... puse
grape....................................................... pvrko
grass........................................................ pvhe
grasshopper............................................ tvffo
grease..................................................... neha
green....................................................... lane
grey......................................................... sopakhvtke 
guinea..................................................... kowike
gum......................................................... helokwv
gun.......................................................... eccv
gun.......................................................... tvpockuce
hair,his/her............................................. ekv-esse
hand,his/her............................................ enke
happy...................................................... afvcke
have,to.................................................... ocetv
he/she..................................................... eme
head........................................................ ekv
hear,to..................................................... pohetv
heavy....................................................... honne
hickory.................................................... oce
high......................................................... hvlwe
hip........................................................... sokso
hit,to....................................................... nvfketv
hog......................................................... sukhv
hold,catch,take,to (one)........................ esetv
hold,to.................................................... hvlvtetv
horned owl............................................. estekene
horse...................................................... cerakko, corakko
horsefly................................................... rono
hot........................................................... hiye
house...................................................... cuko
hundred.................................................. cokpe
hungry..................................................... elvwe
hunt,to..................................................... fayetv
husband,her........................................... ehe
I,me......................................................... vne
ice........................................................... hetute
Indian..................................................... este-cate
intestines............................................... fekce
jump (of one),to.................................... tasketv
kettle...................................................... lehayv
key......................................................... eshvweckv
kick,to.................................................... takketv
knee....................................................... torkowv
knife....................................................... eslafkv
know,to.................................................. kerretv
ladder.................................................... vccakv
leaf,to.................................................... esse
leave..................................................... wiketv 
leg,his/her............................................. ele
lie down (one),to.................................. wakketv
lion......................................................... este-papv
lip........................................................... cokhvrpe
liver........................................................ lope
lizard...................................................... kvnsvlatkv
long........................................................ cvpke
lost (one),to be..................................... sumketv
make,to................................................. hayetv
man........................................................ honvnwv 
male....................................................... honvnwv
maple..................................................... heno
mean,to.................................................. oketv
meat....................................................... vpeswv
medicine maker.................................... heles-hayv
medicine person................................... heles-hayv
medicine.................................................heleswv
meeting.................................................. nvkvftetv
money.................................................... toknawv
moon...................................................... hvresse
mosquito............................................... okyeha
mouth..................................................... cokwv
much...................................................... sulke
mulberry................................................. ke
mushroom.............................................. pvto
Muskogee.............................................. Maskoke
nail.......................................................... vcopv
name...................................................... hocefkv
new......................................................... mocvse
night........................................................ nere
nose........................................................ yopo
now....................................................... hiyomat
ocean..................................................... ue-hvtke
old woman............................................ hoktvlwv
old......................................................... leske
old........................................................ vcule
onion.................................................... tafvmpe
one....................................................... hvmken 
open..................................................... hvoke
open,to................................................. hvwecetv
orange.................................................. yvlahv
otter...................................................... osvnv
outside.................................................. fettv
pancake................................................ vpvtvkv
paper,book........................................... cokv
peach.................................................... pvkanv
pen,pencil............................................. eshoccickv
pepper.................................................. homuce
person................................................... este
pigeon.................................................. pvce
pine...................................................... cule
pipe...................................................... hecepakwv
plate..................................................... pvlaknv
play,to.................................................. akkopvnetv
poke weed.......................................... osa
pond..................................................... akhvse
prairie.................................................. hvyakpo
pray,to................................................. mekusvpetv
preacher............................................. erkenvkv
pretty................................................... heruse
purple................................................. okhlatte
pumpkin............................................. cvse
quit,to.................................................. wiketv
rabbit.................................................. cufe
raccoon.............................................. wotko
rain..................................................... oske
raise,to............................................... kvwvpetv
rattlesnake......................................... cetto-mekko
red........................................................ cate
rib......................................................... entalv
ribbon................................................... takfuluwv
rice....................................................... vloso
river...................................................... hvcce
road...................................................... nene
robin..................................................... hespakwv
rock...................................................... cvto
root....................................................... yvlomkv
rotten.................................................... lekwe
run (one),to.......................................... letketv
sand..................................................... oktahv
sassafras............................................ weso
say,to................................................... maketv
scissors............................................... eskotkv
screech owl......................................... efolo
second chief....................................... heneha
see,to................................................... hecetv
seed..................................................... nerkv
sell,to................................................... wiyetv
send,to................................................. vtutetv
sharp.................................................... fvske
shoot,hit,to.......................................... rvhetv
shoot,to.............................................. eccetv
short................................................... kocokne
shoulder.............................................. folowv
shovel................................................. eskefkv
sick...................................................... nokke
sing...................................................... yvhiketv
sister.................................................... ervhv
sister,his.............................................. ewvnwv
sit (one),to........................................... liketv
skin...................................................... hvrpe
skunk................................................... kono
sky........................................................ sutv
sleep..................................................... nuce
sleepy................................................... nuckele
slice,to................................................. waretv
small.................................................... cutke
smoke................................................... ekkuce
snake.................................................... cetto
snap,to.................................................. kvcetv
sofkey (food)....................................... osafke
sofkey paddle...................................... vtapv
soil........................................................ fakke
soldier.................................................. suletawv
son,his.................................................. eppuce
song...................................................... yvhiketv
sour....................................................... tokse
spank,to................................................ tepketv
spicy,hot............................................... home
spider................................................... vcokrvnwv
spoon................................................... hakkv
spouse,his/he...................................... empvlse
spring (season).................................... tasahce
spring,.................................................. a ue-kiwv
squirrel................................................. ero
stand (one),to...................................... hueretv
step down,to........................................ hvtvpketv
stickball stick....................................... to-konhe
stomach............................................... nurke
stomp ground...................................... cuko-rakko
store..................................................... neskv-cuko
story...................................................... nak-onvkv
strawberry............................................. kepalv
strong................................................... yekce
summer................................................ meske
sun........................................................ hvse
Sunday................................................. Tvcakuce
sweet corn drink.................................. vpvske
sweet.................................................... cvmpe
swim,to................................................. omiyetv
tail.......................................................... hvce
take (two/more),to............................... cvwetv
take care of,to..................................... vfvstetv
talk....................................................... opunvkv
tame animal........................................ vpuekv
tea........................................................ vsse
teacher................................................. mvhayv
tell a lie,to............................................ laksetv
tell,to..................................................... kicetv
thing..................................................... nake
think,to................................................. kometv
three..................................................... tuccenen
thunder................................................. tenetke
tick....................................................... efkvnco
tiger...................................................... kaccv
tin can.................................................. halo
toad...................................................... sopaktv
tobacco................................................ hece
tomorrow............................................. pakse
tongue.................................................. tolaswv
tooth..................................................... nute
touch,to................................................ celayetv
town..................................................... tvlofv
tree...................................................... eto
trout..................................................... calo
trumpet............................................... pofketv 
turkey.................................................. penwv
two...................................................... hokkolen
uncle (maternal)................................ pvwv
vomit,to.............................................. vwotetv
walnut................................................. vhahwv, vhakwv
war...................................................... horre
warm (food)....................................... lekhe
warm (weather)................................. lekothe
wash,to............................................... okkosetv
water................................................... uewv, owv, wewv
watermelon........................................ cvstvle
we,us................................................... pome
west..................................................... hvsaklatkv 
white person....................................... este-hvtke
white potato........................................ vhv-cerehe
white.................................................... hvtke
wild...................................................... honece
wilderness.......................................... vnrvwv
wing..................................................... tvrpv
winter................................................... rvfo
wise..................................................... hoporrene
wolf...................................................... yvhv
woman................................................ hokte
worm................................................... cuntv
write,to................................................ hoccicetv 
year.................................................... ohrolope
yellow.................................................. lane 
yesterday............................................ paksvnke
you....................................................... ceme

                                                           

                                   Vowels    

       a-   Like the a in father
       e- Likie the i in pit or the e in net it is used for long and short sounds is best to get with someone who speaks the language
        i-  As the ai in bait
       o-  Like the o in note
       u-  Like the u in put
      ue-   Like the y in boy or the ee in weed
       v -   Like the u in cup

                                             Consonants

          c-  Like the c in ch or the j in jar
          f-  Like the f' or v' without touching the upper teeth to the lower lip
          h-  Like the h in hay
          k-  Like the k in sky
          l-  Like the l in light
         m-  Like the m in moon
         n-  Like the n in night
         p-  Like the p in spin
         r-  Like the l in clue without c sound
         s-  Like the s in sue
         t-  Like the t in star
         w-  Like the w in way
         y-  Like the y in yes

                       

                       Double Consonants

When a Muscogee word is spelled with double letters like esse (hair) or cetto (snake) the consonant must be pronounced with double length. For an english speaker the easiest way to pronounce this is to imagine a word break between the two consonants. The s sounds as in "dress suits" are like the ones in esse. The t sounds like the ones in "night-time" are like the ones in cetto.