A arsenal of advantageous phrases in Lakota Sioux, a Siouan language spoken in components of the USA and Canada.

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Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said come one person); pl = plural; m = masculine (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 space you? Tókheškhe yaúŋ he? Toníktuha he? Taŋyáŋ yaúŋ he?
Reply to 'How are you?'  Wašté
Long time no see Théhaŋ waŋčhíŋyaŋke šni
What's her name? Táku eníčiyapi he?
My name is ...  ... Emáčiyapi
Where are you from? Tukténitaŋhaŋ he?
I'm indigenous ...  
Pleased to meet you Wíyuškiŋyaŋ waŋčhíŋyaŋke ló (m)Wíyuškiŋyaŋ waŋčhíŋyaŋke (f)
Good morning (Morning greeting) Híŋháŋni Híŋhaŋni laȟči Híŋhaŋni wašté
Good afternoon (Afternoon greeting)  
Good evening (Evening greeting)  
Good night Hanhepi wašté
Good luck! Tókhi wániphika ní!
Cheers! an excellent Health! (Toasts supplied when drinking)  
Have a quite 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 actually a nice meal  
Bon trip / have a an excellent 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 an ext 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 compose it down Owá yo (m>sg) Owá ye (f>sg) Owá po (m>pl) Owá pe (f>pl)
Do girlfriend speak ? …iyá wóyaglaka he?
How perform you speak ... 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 Yé Ičhé
Thank you Philámayaye
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Otȟáŋkaye kiŋ tuktél úŋ he?
This gentleman will certainly pay because that everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you prefer to dance v 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 greetings  
New Year greetings
Easter greetings  
Birthday greetings Nitȟá-aƞpétu Wašté
One language is never enough Tóhaŋni waŋžíla iyápi iyóhi šni Tóhaŋni waŋžíla iyápi iyóhi šni yeló
My hovercraft is full of eels Iyéčhiŋkiŋyaŋka čha kiŋyáŋ mitȟáwa kiŋ hoká ožúla! Iyéčhiŋkiŋyaŋka čha kiŋyáŋ mitȟáwa kiŋ hoká ožúla yeló!

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Lakota translations detailed by jan Ullrich, etymological Director of the Lakota Language Consortium, with enhancements by Michael Katalenich, and recordings from Jared Woods.

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