New Lakota Dictionary 2nd Edition

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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait, September 8, 2011

By Donald L. Sover "Walking Man" (Columbus, Ohio)

This dictionary is both a dictionary and a textbook. I have all the Lakota and Dakota dictionaries and if I had to choose just one this would be it. It is a great addition to my collection.


5.0 out of 5 stars Dictionary and textbook in one!, September 28, 2010

By Jana

I wish all dictionaries were like this one! It has become my favorite book, and it is ranging very high on my list of things I would take with me on a deserted island.

Besides using this absolutely brilliant dictionary as dictionary and grammar introduction (the previous reviews have covered that very well already), you can use it as a textbook as well. I would like to give a sixth star for that.

The more extensive Lakota-English part does not only contain very good and detailed explanations, but also many example sentences of different levels (from beginner to advanced) and the conjugated forms you need to make all conjugations by yourself. Thus, even a beginner is enabled to build correct sentences.

For everybody who is serious with learning the Lakota language, this book is simply a must!



5.0 out of 5 stars You will not succeed in learning Lakota without this book, September 19, 2010

By Guillaume

The New Lakota Dictionary (NLD) is a landmark in the history of the Lakota language. For the first time, learners have a reliable dictionary in a consistent orthography, unlike the previous one by Buechel. Each entry has at least one example sentence (in some cases, more than 20 !), and the dictionary also includes a sizeable grammar.
Everything you need to know is included in this dictionary, and its price is really a bargain. This dictionary also opens for you full membership at the [...] website, where you can read Lakota texts and converse in Lakota with other members.
I you really want to learn the language, or even if you are just curious about it, this dictionary is really the only valuable reference.


5.0 out of 5 stars This book is so helpful, April 8, 2010

By  M. Hone "Desert Raven Art" (SANTAQUIN, UTAH, US)

I purchased this book as a companion to the Lakota learning website. I would not be able to learn the Lakota language without it. The translation on the Lakota words is very in depth. Includes sentences so you can get a feel for proper structure. The whole middle section that covers grammar is invaluable. I use my book a lot! I love it.


5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a reliable Lakota dictionary, February 14, 2010

By  David Little Beaver

This is the dictionary that I have been waiting for. I wish it were available when I started to learn my father's language twenty years ago. Finally a dictionary with reliable spelling that makes learning the pronunciation easy. It gives lots of great example sentences for nearly every word, it shows verb conjugation and other changes that happen on the words. I know many of the native speakers who helped prepare this dictionary and they are all very fluent and happy with this book. It is a treasure that will stay here for the next generations. My children are now using this dictionary at school and I am very happy about it. The example sentences are full of reference to our culture and history, so it is more than a dictionary. I am very grateful to all the native speakers and other people who helped put this dictionary together.


5.0 out of 5 stars Best on the Market, February 10, 2010

By  Michele (Indiana)

I am a sophomore at Indiana University Bloomington, enrolled in Lakota as my foreign language and component of my anthropology minor. We are one of the few major universities that offers a comprehensive and full curriculum of Lakota Sioux, and this was one of the books highly recommended that we purchase. Worth every single penny. This dictionary is modern and accurate, and easy to navigate, with lots of helpful cultural and linguistic information included. We use this book for dozens of translation assignments. This is the best dictionary out there for serious Lakota students, or for anyone with a love of the language. I highly recommend this book!


5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable!!!!, January 6, 2010

By Jessica Nelson -

If I could give more than 5 stars, I would!!

I have been studying the Lakhota language for years, as a child and as an adult. Unfortunately it has been self-study, with the help of resources such as the Buechel dictionary. At one time I was very grateful for the Buechel dictionary, and I do not mean to disrespect the value of Buechel's work. However, the New Lakota Dictionary renders all others obsolete!! The orthography allows learners to "read" the correct pronunciation, and it is checked by actual speakers of the language! (You might assume that all dictionaries are, but you would be wrong!) It also includes information on all four Dakota dialects (Yankton-Yanktonai (Western Dakota), and Santee-Sisseton (Eastern Dakota)) by each applicable entry.

The many example sentences, notes on how often words are used and in what way (if they are still common or if they are archaic), and the surprisingly approachable (and long) grammar section make this dictionary an excellent resource for beginners. The Lakota Language Consortium's language forum is another invaluable resource. This forum, and the New Lakota Dictionary, have advanced my rate of learning exponentially (and significantly decreased learning frustration!!) With this dictionary I finally feel I can put sentences together with confidence.

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, the Lakota Language Consortium is a non-profit organization, so your money actually goes to the revitalization of the Lakhota language.

I have been so positive I feel I should reassure you that I am a real person and am in no way affiliated with the Lakota Language Consortium or the New Lakota Dictionary, other than that I am a big fan. Trust me, for the sake of the language, support this dictionary! You will not regret it

5.0 out of 5 stars The Dictionary for active study, December 31, 2009


The 2nd Edition of the New Lakota Dictionary is now shipping. 

This 23,000-word Second Edition of the NLD provides a reliable, accurate, and user-friendly reference text and serves as a central component of the revitalization movement. It is an indispensable resource for advanced language users as well as beginning students of the language and has many innovative features including:

Over 40,000 example sentences, usage notes, and collocations; A modern layout that makes it easy to find words and their usage; 3,160 more entries than the first edition of the NLD; A standard orthography that adequately marks all meaningful sounds in the language; All verb entries include conjugation paradigms; Special symbols that mark the 3,000 most important words; Descriptions of word-stems and stem nests.

The volume forms the foundation for Lakota and Dakota languages and provides the basis upon which students, teachers, and community members can move forward with confidence in restoring the living language.



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