'hudalula' = before (hooo daah loooo laaah) you can have fun saying this
'ulotsvdi' = after (oo low chust)
'hvga iyuwanela' = What time is it? (hung gah ee yoo wah nay lah?)
hvga is a general questioning term meaning 'how much, ' 'how often'.
iyuwanela is from a word meaning 'strike' or 'hit'. You are asking in Cherokee, literally, "How often has the clock struck the hour?"
idvwostane (eat duh woe stannuh) = minutes
iyuwanela = hour
iga (ee gah) = noon
ayeli (ah hyay lee) = half or middle. This is also the Cherokee word for 'cut'. Usually you cut something in half or down the middle.
If it is 7:30, you can say it in different ways:
galvgwogi tsosgo (7 30)
tsosgo hudalula tsanela (30 before 8)
tsosgo ulotsvsdi galvgwogi (30 after 7)
ahyeli galvgwogi (half past 7)
Our teacher would not let us break for lunch until we told him what time it was using minutes & hours, he did not let us off easy.
What time is it?
hvgi idawostane ulotsvsdi taladu iyuwanela
Four minutes past twelve hour
12:04 We're late!!
Hunger is a great motivator, and we learned quickly.
Idalisdayvhv ga (ee doll styuh huh gah) = Let's eat!