How to use the indefinite article in Lakota

How to use the indefinite article in Lakota

You want to learn how to use the indefinite article in Lakota? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Lakota lessons complete with useful examples. An apple, a house, a book... we explain it all to you in short, easy to follow lessons.

The Lakota indefinite article

The indefinite article is what we call the words 'a' and 'an' in English. The indefinite article is used with nouns. The English indefinite article 'a' is 'waŋ' in Lakota.


hogáŋ waŋ
a fish
okó waŋ
a week
ožáŋžaŋglepi waŋ
a window
ziŋtkála waŋ
a bird
čáŋ waŋ
a tree
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The name for the language in Lakota is Lakȟótiyapi. If you are planning on doing some travelling, learning Lakota would be a great way to make the most of your trip.

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Basic words and phrases in Lakota

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Step 3 : The indefinite article in Lakota

The indefinite article is what we call the word a in English. The indefinite article is used with nouns in English (a book, a chair, a door etc.). To get started in Lakota, pick just 3 important nouns. We suggest you learn the nouns wówapi, oákaŋke and thiyópa (book, chair, door). Once you have learned these nouns, you can then learn how to use each noun with the indefinite article. This is easy in Lakota, because in Lakota, there is no indefinite article. So the word wówapi can mean book or a book, the word oákaŋke can mean chair or a chair and the word thiyópa can mean door or a door. You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the indefinite article in Lakota including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the indefinite article with the Lakota nouns wówapi, oákaŋke and thiyópa, you're ready to move on to Step 4 (the definite article in Lakota).

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