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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.
(Click here for Lakota pronunciation guide)
|English (Français)||Lakota Sioux words|
|Sun (Soleil)||Anpetu wi, or just Wi|
|Moon (Lune)||Hanhepi wi, or Hanyewi|
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