How to use the indefinite article in Lakota

How to use the indefinite article in Lakota

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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.


wíŋyaŋ waŋ
a woman
otȟúŋwahe waŋ
a city
hogáŋ waŋ
a fish
thípi waŋ
a building
íŋyaŋ waŋ
a stone
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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

Learn to get by in Lakota with these useful words and phrases. We'll begin by learning some basic Lakota phrases which you can use for everyday communication.

Hokšíla kiŋ cíkala.
The boy is small.
Hokšíla kiŋ waš’áke.
The boy is strong.
Hokšíla kiŋ táŋka.
The boy is big.
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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, and (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 can mean chair or a chair and the word 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, and , you're ready to move on to Step 4 (the definite article in Lakota).

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