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The charts below show the way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents Lakota language pronunciations in Wikipedia articles. For a guide to adding IPA characters to Wikipedia articles, see Template:IPA, and Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Pronunciation § Entering IPA characters.

IPA Examples English approximation
b b about
wašíču check
tʃʰ čhena choose
tʃʼ šič’éši check, but with a pause afterwards
g ógle again
ʁ ǧí Northumbrian burr
h wóžuha hat
x ȟóta Spanish jota
k ská skin
k’ k’éyaš skin, but with a pause afterwards
wakhéya cab
waáŋ like cab, but sharper
l hokšíla life
m makȟá man
n iná not
p pa spot
ophíye pot
eží like pot, but sharper
p’ p’ó spot, but with a pause afterwards
s tiyospaye sun
ʃ ške shoe
t wit stand
t’ t’élanuwela stand, but with a pause afterwards
mathó torn
áwa like torn, but sharper
w tuwá well
j wíŋy yes
z wazí zip
ʒ maǧážu measure
IPA Examples English approximation
a akézaptaŋ hat
ɛ iye bed
ɪ iš bit
ɔ o thought
ʊ táku push
ə̃ wží huh
ɪ̃ stésapela bit, but nasalized
ʊ̃ kiye push, but nasalized


  • Ingham, Bruce. Lakota (Languages of the World).

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