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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Lakota Sioux Words

Welcome to our Lakota vocabulary page! Lakota is a Siouan language, related to other languages like Nakoda and Hochunk. Dakota and Assiniboine. We have included twenty basic Lakota words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. You can find more Lakota words in our online picture glossaries. If you'd like to know a word that is not in these wordlists, you can take part in our Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Lakota language site for more free resources.

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Lakota Word Set

(Click here for Lakota pronunciation guide)

English (Français) Lakota Sioux words
One (Un) Wanji
Two (Deux) Núnpa
Three (Trois) Yámni
Four (Quatre) Tópa
Five (Cinq) Záptan
Man (Homme) Wica
Woman (Femme) Winyan
Sun (Soleil) Anpetu wi, or just Wi
Moon (Lune) Hanhepi wi, or Hanyewi
Water (Eau) Miní

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

Lakota Picture Dictionaries

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

*Lakota animal words
*Lakota body parts
*Lakota color words
*Lakota number words

Additional Resources

   Sioux Indian culture
   Lakota legends
   South Dakota Indian reservations
   Online Native American dictionaries
   Sioux names
   American Indians of the Great Plains

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