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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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EnglishLak'ota (Lakota Sioux)
WelcomeTaŋyáŋ yahí (sg) Taŋyáŋ yahípi (pl)
HelloHau (used only by men)
How are you?


Fine thanks, and you?
Tókheškhe yaúŋ he?
Toníktuha he?
Taŋyáŋ yaúŋ he?
 Wašté
Long time no seeThéhaŋ 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 youWíyuškiŋyaŋ waŋčhíŋyaŋke ló
(ló used only by men)
Good morningHíŋháŋni / Híŋhaŋni laȟči
Híŋhaŋni wašté
Good afternoon 
Good evening 
Good nightHanhepi waste
GoodbyeTókša akhé waŋčhíŋyaŋkiŋ kte
Tókša akhé
Good luckTókhi wániphika ní!
Cheers/Good health! 
Have a nice dayAŋpétu wašté yuhá yo/ye / po/pe
Bon appetit 
Bon voyageTaŋyáŋ ománi yo/ye / po/pe
I don't understandOwákaȟniǧe šni
Please speak more slowlyȞ’ahíya wóglaka yo/ye / po/pe
Please say that againAkhé eyá yo/ye / po/pe
Please write it downOwá yo/ye / po/pe
Do you speak ...?…iyá wóyaglaka he?
How do you say ... in Lakota?… tókhel Lakȟótiya ehápi he?
Excuse meÉmičiktuŋža yo/ye / po/pe
How much is this?Lé mázaska tóna he?
Sorry 
PleaseYé / Ičhé
Thank youPhilámayaye
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 youThečhíȟila / Iyótaŋčhila / Čhaŋtóčhignake
Get well soonEčháŋni 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 enoughTóhaŋni 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

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