Lakota letters and sounds

Letter Description Lakota word example Listen Meaning
like a in father click to hear the sound
like e in bed click to hear the sound
like i in sit click to hear the sound
like o in soft click to hear the sound
like u in put click to hear the sound
like o in money, nasalized click to hear the sound
almost like i in mink click to hear the sound
like oo in moon, nasalized click to hear the sound
like g in got click to hear the sound
like the northern French r click to hear the sound
like h in hat click to hear the sound
close to Spanish x in Mexico click to hear the sound
almost like ch in rich click to hear the sound
like ch h in much haste click to hear the sound
like but followed by a glottal stop click to hear the sound
like k in skip, but not like k in kip click to hear the sound
like k h in back home click to hear the sound
connect and (no equivalent in English) click to hear the sound
like but followed by a glottal stop click to hear the sound
like p in spin, but not like p in pin click to hear the sound
like p h in steep hill click to hear the sound
connect and (no equivalent in English) click to hear the sound
like but followed by a glottal stop click to hear the sound
like t in still, but not like t in till click to hear the sound
like t h in sit here click to hear the sound
connect and (no equivalent in English) click to hear the sound
like but followed by a glottal stop click to hear the sound
like s in so click to hear the sound
like sh in shop click to hear the sound
like z in zero click to hear the sound
like s in pleasure click to hear the sound
like b in boy click to hear the sound
like l in lamp click to hear the sound
like m in map click to hear the sound
like n in nap click to hear the sound
like w in was click to hear the sound
like y in yes click to hear the sound
catch in the throat; like the pause between the syllables in "uh-oh" (glottal stop) - - -


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