First Steps

The Creek alphabet. (Recording of the late Mr. George Bunny in 1997.)

a af·ke, mush
c ces·se, mouse
e ec·ke, mother
f fo, bee
h hv·se, sun
i e·hi·wv, wife
k ka·pv, coat
l lu·cv, turtle
m mes·kē, summer
n ne·rē, night
o o·fv, inside
p pen·wv, turkey
r rv·ro, fish
s suk·hv, hog
t ta·fv, feather
u fus·wv, bird
v v·ce, corn
w wot·ko, raccoon
y yv·nv·sv, buffalo

Diphthongs:

ue ho·pue·take, children
vo hvo, okay

Common expressions in Creek:

Es·ton·ko! How are you?, Hello!
Hē·res cē! Hello!
Mv·to! Thank you!
Hom·paks cē! You all eat now!
En·ka! Okay!, All right!
Monks! No!
Hv·tec cē! Wait!
V·ho·yv·kēts! Let’s (two of us) go!

Numbers, 1-20:

hvm·ken one
hok·ko·len two
tuc·cē·nen three
os·ten four
cah·kē·pen five
ē·pa·ken six
ko·lv·pa·ken seven
ce·nv·pa·ken eight
os·tv·pa·ken nine
pa·len ten
pa·len hvm·kon·tv·la·ken eleven
pa·len hok·ko·loh·ka·ken twelve
pa·len tuc·ce·noh·ka·ken thirteen
pa·len os·toh·ka·ken fourteen
pa·len cah·ke·poh·ka·ken fifteen
pa·len ē·poh·ka·ken sixteen
pa·len ko·lv·poh·ka·ken seventeen
pa·len ce·nv·poh·ka·ken eighteen
pa·len os·tv·poh·ka·ken nineteen
pa·le-hok·ko·len twenty