Speaking Everyday Lakota: Mitȟáƞčhaƞ my body and Simon says!

LRInspire Native language preservation presents: Speaking Everyday Lakota: Mitȟáƞčhaƞ my body and Simon says!

Mitȟáƞcȟaƞ (My body)

Natá (Head)

Tȟahú (Neck)

Hiƞyéte (Shoulders)

Sí (Feet- foot)

Makhú (Chest)

Čhuwí (Back)

Thezí (Stomach)

Istó (Arm)

Hú (Leg)

Napé (Hand)

Čhaƞkpé (Knee)

Uƞzé (Butt)

Here’s the old children’s game “Simon says” where you do whatever Simon tells you to do. Here you can use the game to help learn different body parts. Have whoever is playing touch the named body part whenever “Simon says”. If the player touches named body part and you did not say “Simon says” they lose. Below are a few example sentences for you.

One note on male-female gender endings, “po” is the plural male gender ending, females would say “pe”. If only one player the speaker would use the “yo” gender ending for males and “ye” for females.

Simon heyé “thezí églutȟaƞ po!” Simon says “touch your stomach!”

Simon heyé “istó églutȟaƞ po!” Simon says “touch your arm!”

“Uƞzé églutȟaƞ po!” “Touch your butt!”

Posted and vocals by Wakinyan Waanatan (Matt Remle)
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