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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 Dakota and Assiniboine. We have included twenty basic Lakota words here, enough to provide a basic 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 Lakota 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 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

   South Dakota Native Americans
   Native American dictionaries
   Native American names
   Siouan langauges



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