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Below is a sampling of a few simple phrases you may like to know. They have been taken from "EVERYDAY LAKOTA", an English-Sioux dictionary. The Sioux language was initially not to be written down but was spoken orally and the words passed from generation to generation. Therefore, many words are spelled the way somebody may speak them, by sound. Sometimes the same word/s are spelled differently. For instance, "Hau Kola" is pronounced "How ko LA".

Here We Go!

YOU say "Hau"I say "Hello"
Hau KolaHello (male friend)
Hau MushkayHello (female friend)
PilamayaThank You
Lila PilamayaThank you very much
Tokeske Yaun HeHow are you?
Waste (washtay)Good!
Han (huh)Yes
Hiya (heeYA')No
AnpetulaA lovely day
ApetutahenaBefore the day is done
TwacintokangnagnahanDay dreaming
Wakan Takan Kici UnMay the Creator/Grandfather/Great Spirit/God bless you
DoksaI will see you again (there is no literal translation of good-bye in Lakota)
Doksa Ake WaunkteI will see you again on earth or in the spirit world
Umbetu Waste (washtay)Good morning
Dihiya Waste (washtay)Good Evening/Good night/Good bye
Mitakuuye OyasinWe are ALL related
Hanto PoAll of you out of my way
Key GlaGo home
Enealia KaShut up or close your mouth
MegaMe too
Sha HaRed Person
Wo Chek YaYou did it


".....I hope the Great Heavenly Father, who will look down upon us, will give all the tribes his blessing, that we may go forth in peace, and live in peace all our days, and that He will look down upon our children and finally lift us far above this earth; and that our Heavenly Father will look upon our children as his children, that all the tribes may be His children, and as we shake hands today upon this broad plain, we may forever live in peace."

Red Cloud (Marpiya-Luta)
Oglala Sioux Chief (late 19th century).

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