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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Dakota Sioux Words

Welcome to our Dakota vocabulary page! Dakota Sioux is a Siouan language, related to other languages like Lakota and Assiniboine. We have included twenty basic Dakota words here, enough to provide a simple comparison with related American Indian languages. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many indigenous languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do.

You can find a broader selection of Dakota words in our online picture glossaries. If you would like to know a word that is not included in any of these wordlists, you can take part in our Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Dakota language site for more free resources.

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Dakota Word Set

(Click here for Dakota pronunciation guide)

English (Français) Dakota Sioux words
One (Un) Wanzi
Two (Deux) Nonpa
Three (Trois) Yamni
Four (Quatre) Topa
Five (Cinq) Zaptan
Man (Homme) Wicaša
Woman (Femme) Winyan
Sun (Soleil) Wi
Moon (Lune) Hanwi
Water (Eau) Mini

Click here to see Dakota vocabulary words compared to words in the Lakota dialect: Sioux Indian Words

Click here to see Dakota vocabulary words compared to words in related Siouan languages: Siouan Indian Words

Dakota Picture Dictionaries

Here are some themed Dakota word lists we have put together and illustrated for language learners. Feel free to print them out for classroom purposes!

*Dakota animal words
*Dakota body parts
*Dakota color words
*Dakota number words

Additional Resources

   Minnesota Native American tribes
   American Indian dictionaries
   Indian names and meanings
   Sioux language family



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