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Lakota (also Lakhota, Teton, Teton Sioux) is a Siouan language from the Siouan-Catawban family, spoken by the Lakota Sioux mostly in North and South Dakota. Lakota is closely related to the Dakota language, with which it is mutually intelligible, and is one of three dialects of Sioux, the other two being Eastern Dakota and Western Dakota.
There are about 6,000 speakers of Lakota.
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Developed at Oglala Lakota College, this course focuses on teaching the student the sound and meaning of the Lakota language. This is a very good and complete college level audio course for the Lakota Language. This course focuses on teaching the student the sound and meaning of the Lakota language. All recordings are by native speakers. Exercises for written practice are included which use the English alphabet since Lakota was a spoken language until recently. The term "Sioux" refers to people of similar ethnic backgrounds and includes Lakota speakers (the most numerous), Dakota and Nakota Speakers. Course contents include: Lakota Sounds; Greetings & Introductions; Gender & Speech Patterns; Kinship System - Immediate Family; The Five Senses; Communications; Giving and Following Directions; Time - Days of the Week, Time Expressions, Clock Time; Months & Seasons; Colors, Money, Foods, Animals. This is the most intensive course available with 15 CDs, a 102 page text, and a final exam.