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Q: Not that you have many spare moments, but if you do.
I was once told that "eeyakeechayla" is "I love you"
in the language of the Sioux. Is this even remotely
close to correct, or have I been laboring under a
A: Hmm, that looks like it could be a slightly corrupted
form of the word Iyakiciyuha (pronounced
ee-ya-kee-chee-yoo-khah) in Lakota Sioux. That
means "they are attached to each other." If you wanted to say
"we are attached to each other," though, you'd have to say Iyaweciyuha,
which doesn't sound as much like what you heard anymore.
A more common way to say "I love you" in Lakota Sioux
is Tecihila (pronounced tay-chee-hee-lah), though,
which means simply "I love you." Or if you're feeling
more poetic, Cantecikiya (pronounced
chawn-tay-chee-kee-yah), which means "my heart is
inspired by you." Iyakiciyuha isn't all that romantic. It
can refer to a close friendship or to being
romantically attached, but it can also refer to horses
being yoked together.
Hope that helps, have a good day!
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