Speaking Lakota: Tókša akhé farewells

In the Lakota, there is no expression to say “good bye.” Instead, Lakota speakers express “farewells” in a variety of ways, must common being Tókša akhé (later, again).

Here are some of the ways to express farewells in Lakota.

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Aƞpétu kiƞ lé taƞyáƞ máni yó/ye. (Walk well today. male/female)

Aƞpétu kiƞ lé taƞyáƞ úƞ wo/we. (Be well today. male/female)

Tókša akhé waƞčhíyaƞkiƞ kte. (I will see you again.)

Tókša akhé. (Later, again.)

Taƞyáƞ máni yo/ye! (Farewell. Walk well. male/female)

Taƞyáƞ yá yo/ye! (Farewell. Go well. male/female)

Vocals by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt Remle)

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6 thoughts on “Speaking Lakota: Tókša akhé farewells

  1. Now I am learning the language of my teachers and “Family” again through the Internet. It is now much harder to learn as a child I could them fluent and today I know a few words. Thank you, that I again learn kann…nur alone makes it not so much fun. My Lakotaname is little bear child.
    Kind regards,
    Kräutermume

  2. Sorry, so is it correct :
    Now I am learning the language of my teachers and “Family” again through the Internet. It is now much harder to learn as a child I could them fluent and today I know a few words. Thank you, that I can again learn … only alone makes it not so much fun. My Lakotaname is little bear child.
    Please delete my first comment.
    Kind regards,
    Kräutermume

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