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2.0 out of 5 stars Male & Female Endings Missing?, February 3, 2011
This review is from: Urban Lakhota Workbook: Lakota for Everyday Life (Paperback)
This book appears to either have the appropriate male or female endings missing or incorrectly shortened on those occasions when they are included. Lakota is spoken somewhat differently by males & females & these endings are essential to correct speech. Refer to Albert White hat Sr's superb book on the subject for correct information. Living in modern times does not mean the language should be 'modernized', and certainly not by individual authors without regard to the views of us elders. It's about "showing" respect for our Traditional Ways, and not merely claiming to.
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Initial post: Aug 24, 2011 9:45:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 24, 2011 9:46:00 AM PDT
Tashna says:
This book is out of print, but I do want to point out - that it does in fact contain both male and female endings. Quick excerpt taken from "Basic Lakhota Syntax" on page 10 of this workbook,
"male command = yo
female command = ye
male statement = yelo
female statement = kisto
male question = hwo
female question = he"

I write and speak Lakota as I was taught by my tiwahe (family) and tiospaye (extended relatives) on my reservation. I have never disrespected my culture and never will. Nor have I ever "modernized" the words I was taught. I write as I speak. I speak as I was taught. You can't get more simple than that.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2011 10:27:39 AM PDT
Indian Maid says:
I also speak as I was taught, but that is not the point, takoszja. The point is that when I looked inside the book, the endings were not obvious. As my old teachers taught me, "communication is the responsibility of the writer/speaker, not the reader/listener". If you're going to get bent out of shape because not everything thinks you walk on water when it's not frozen, you're going to have a tough life. So says this Indn great=grandmother.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 4:42:27 AM PST
Buman says:
Hau

For those whom want to learn Lakhota, nothing compares to the LLC teaching materials (textbooks Level 1 / 2 and 3 + audio CDS and let's not forget the amazing dictionary!). I have no $ deal with the LLC: I am just pointing out great learning materials!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2013 9:54:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 1, 2013 9:55:40 PM PDT
R. Todd C. says:
Háu tȟuŋšká, You can learn for free and use the online LLC dictionary here. They even have online textbooks.
http://lakotadictionary.org/
There is a large group of people from all over the world, including the Dakotas, actively studying and teaching Lakota online here.
Aŋpétu wašté yuhá yo! (Have a nice day!)
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