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Useful phrases in Lakota Sioux

A collection of useful phrases in Lakota Sioux, a Siouan language spoken in parts of the USA and Canada.

Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person); pl = plural; yo - said by men to a single person.; ye - said by women to a single person; po - said by men to more than one person; pe - said by women to more than one person.

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English Lak'ota (Lakota Sioux)
Welcome Taŋyáŋ yahí (sg) Taŋyáŋ yahípi (pl)
Hello Hau (used only by men)
How are you?


Fine thanks, and you?
Tókheškhe yaúŋ he?
Toníktuha he?
Taŋyáŋ yaúŋ he?
 Wašté
Long time no see Théhaŋ waŋčhíŋyaŋke šni
What's your name?
My name is ...
Táku eníčiyapi he?
 Mitakuyepi ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Tukténitaŋhaŋ he?
 
Pleased to meet you Wíyuškiŋyaŋ waŋčhíŋyaŋke ló
(ló used only by men)
Good morning Híŋháŋni / Híŋhaŋni laȟči
Híŋhaŋni wašté
Good afternoon  
Good evening  
Good night Hanhepi waste
Goodbye Tókša akhé waŋčhíŋyaŋkiŋ kte
Tókša akhé
Good luck Tókhi wániphika ní!
Cheers/Good health!  
Have a nice day Aŋpétu wašté yuhá yo/ye / po/pe
Bon appetit  
Bon voyage Taŋyáŋ ománi yo/ye / po/pe
I don't understand Owákaȟniǧe šni
Please speak more slowly Ȟ’ahíya wóglaka yo/ye / po/pe
Please say that again Akhé eyá yo/ye / po/pe
Please write it down Owá yo/ye / po/pe
Do you speak ...? …iyá wóyaglaka he?
How do you say ... in Lakota? … tókhel Lakȟótiya ehápi he?
Excuse me Émičiktuŋža yo/ye / po/pe
How much is this? Lé mázaska tóna he?
Sorry  
Please Yé / Ičhé
Thank you Philámayaye
Where's the toilet? Otȟáŋkaye kiŋ tuktél úŋ he?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything  
Would you like to dance with me? Wayáčhi yačhíŋ he?
I love you Thečhíȟila / Iyótaŋčhila / Čhaŋtóčhignake
Get well soon Ečháŋni aníčisni kte ní!
Leave me alone! Amáyuštaŋ yo/ye / po/pe!
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Ómakiya yo/ye / po/pe!
Pȟéta!
Ayúštaŋ yo/ye / po/pe!
Call the police! Čhaŋksáyuhá kiŋ wičhákiyuȟla yo/ye / po/pe!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
 
Happy Easter  
Happy Birthday  
One language is never enough Tóhaŋni waŋžíla iyápi iyóhi šni (yeló)
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Iyéčhiŋkiŋyaŋka čha kiŋyáŋ mitȟáwa kiŋ hoká ožúla (yeló)!

Lakota translation provided by Jan Ullrich, Linguistic Director of the Lakota Language Consortium, with additions by Michael Katalenich

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

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