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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; m = male (said by men); f = female (said by women).

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English Lak'ota (Lakota Sioux)
Welcome Taŋyáŋ yahí (sg)
Taŋyáŋ yahípi (pl)
Hello
(General greeting)
Hau (m)
How are you? Tókheškhe yaúŋ he?
Toníktuha he?
Taŋyáŋ yaúŋ he?
Reply to 'How are you?'  Wašté
Long time no see Théhaŋ waŋčhíŋyaŋke šni
What's your name? Táku eníčiyapi he?
My name is ...  Mitakuyepi ...
Where are you from? Tukténitaŋhaŋ he?
I'm from ...  
Pleased to meet you Wíyuškiŋyaŋ waŋčhíŋyaŋke ló (m)
Wíyuškiŋyaŋ waŋčhíŋyaŋke (f)
Morning greeting(s) Híŋháŋni
Híŋhaŋni laȟči
Híŋhaŋni wašté
Afternoon greeting(s)  
Evening greeting(s)  
Nighttime parting phrase(s) Hanhepi waste
Good luck Tókhi wániphika ní!
Toasts used when drinking  
Have a nice day Aŋpétu wašté yuhá yo (m>sg)
Aŋpétu wašté yuhá ye (f>sg)
Aŋpétu wašté yuhá po (m>pl)
Aŋpétu wašté yuhá pe (f>pl)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
 
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Taŋyáŋ ománi (m>sg)
Taŋyáŋ ománi ye (f>sg)
Taŋyáŋ ománi po (m>pl)
Taŋyáŋ ománi pe (f>pl)
I don't understand Owákaȟniǧe šni
Please speak more slowly Ȟ’ahíya wóglaka yo (m>sg)
Ȟ’ahíya wóglaka ye (f>sg)
Ȟ’ahíya wóglaka po (m>pl)
Ȟ’ahíya wóglaka pe (f>pl)
Please say that again Akhé eyá yo (m>sg)
Akhé eyá ye (f>sg)
Akhé eyá po (m>pl)
Akhé eyá pe (f>pl)
Please write it down Owá yo (m>sg)
Owá ye (f>sg)
Owá po (m>pl)
Owá pe (f>pl)
Do you speak ? …iyá wóyaglaka he?
How do you say ... in Lakota? … tókhel Lakȟótiya ehápi he?
Excuse me Émičiktuŋža yo (m>sg)
Émičiktuŋža ye (f>sg)
Émičiktuŋža po (m>pl)
Émičiktuŋža pe (f>pl)
How much is this? Lé mázaska tóna he?
Sorry  
Please
Ičhé
Thank you Philámayaye
Where's the toilet? Otȟáŋkaye kiŋ tuktél úŋ he?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This 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 (m>sg)
Amáyuštaŋ ye (f>sg)
Amáyuštaŋ po (m>pl)
Amáyuštaŋ pe (f>pl)
Help! Ómakiya yo (m>sg)
Ómakiya ye (f>sg)
Ómakiya po (m>pl)
Ómakiya pe (f>pl)
Fire! Pȟéta!
Stop! Ayúštaŋ yo (m>sg)
Ayúštaŋ ye (f>sg)
Ayúštaŋ po (m>pl)
Ayúštaŋ pe (f>pl)
Call the police! Čhaŋksáyuhá kiŋ wičhákiyuȟla yo (m>sg)
Čhaŋksáyuhá kiŋ wičhákiyuȟla ye (f>sg)
Čhaŋksáyuhá kiŋ wičhákiyuȟla po (m>pl)
Čhaŋksáyuhá kiŋ wičhákiyuȟla pe (f>pl)
Christmas and New Year greetings  
Easter greetings  
Birthday greetings  
One language is never enough Tóhaŋni waŋžíla iyápi iyóhi šni
Tóhaŋni waŋžíla iyápi iyóhi šni yeló
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Iyéčhiŋkiŋyaŋka čha kiŋyáŋ mitȟáwa kiŋ hoká ožúla!
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

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