Speaking Lakota for Everyday Use part 1 by Matt Remle

LRInspire Native language preservation presents: Speaking Lakota for Everyday Use!

One of the best ways to learn a language is by learning, and speaking, common everyday phrases (hello, how are you, I’m hungry, and so on). By learning, and speaking, these common everyday phrases we can gradually incorporate Lakota speech into our everyday use.

Speaking Lakota for Everyday Use, will be an on going series for both male and female speakers.

Kiktá yo! Wake up! (male)

Kiktá ye! Wake up! (female)

Kiktá po! You all wake up! (male)

Kiktá pe! You all wake up! (female)

Wašté yelo. It is good. (male)

Wašté kštó. It is good. (female)

Wašté hwo? Is it good? (male)

Wašté he? Is it good? (female)

Wašté yo! Be good! (male)

Wašté ye! Be good! (female)

Wašté po! You all be good! (male)

Wašté pe! You all be good! (female)

Hiyú wo! Come here! (male)

Hiyú we! Come here! (female)

Hiyú po! You all come here! (male)

Hiyú pe! You all come here! (female)

Posted and vocals by Wakinyan Waanatan (Matt Remle)




Female vocals by Audrey Remle

Audrey Remle far right

Audrey Remle far right

9 thoughts on “Speaking Lakota for Everyday Use part 1 by Matt Remle

  1. It’s good to see learning efforts! Waunspenic’iciyapi ki he un wawapilayayapi kte.
    If I can give some feedback, it would be good if you send your voice actors to a training on pronunciation. The accent is really heavy in those recordings. Like on kikta and on the question words. I think that SGU and Sitting Bull College have good trainings on pronunciation.
    Another thing: we don’t say ‘Waste ye’, it sounds incomplete. You can say ‘Oh’an waste ye’ or ‘Tawacin waste ye’.
    Keep learning and keep up the good work. Tanyan ecanu.

    • Pilamaya yelo, thanks for the feedback, much appreciated. The heavy accents come from our Northwest raised speakers 🙂 “Waste ye” came from Albert White Hat’s Reading and Writing in the Lakota Language curriculum. We know there are variations between dialects, Northern and Southern speakers and so on. Most of what is presented here comes from Albert White Hat’s curriculum and the Lakota Language Consortium curriculum. Please keep sending the feedback it is extremely helpful.

  2. now i wish i would have found this earlier. im 19 and i have always dreamed of speaking lakota. and now i finally can. thank you so much

  3. Thank so much for this forum where we can truly save a language of my forefathers . When I was a child my grandfather refused to teach us the language so we would enter the “white world!” Without the rhetoric that followed….. I am going to make it a priority to learn the Lakota language this summer and visit a pueblo where I can practice………thank again

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