Numbers in Lakota

Learn numbers in Lakota

Knowing numbers in Lakota is probably one of the most useful things you can learn to say, write and understand in Lakota. Learning to count in Lakota may appeal to you just as a simple curiosity or be something you really need. Perhaps you have planned a trip to a country where Lakota is the most widely spoken language, and you want to be able to shop and even bargain with a good knowledge of numbers in Lakota.

It's also useful for guiding you through street numbers. You'll be able to better understand the directions to places and everything expressed in numbers, such as the times when public transportation leaves. Can you think of more reasons to learn numbers in Lakota?

Lakota (Lakȟótiyapi), also known as Lakhota or Teton (Sioux) is a Sioux language of the Siouan languages family. Spoken by the Lakota people of the Sioux tribes in South Dakota, United States, it counts about 2,000 speakers.

List of numbers in Lakota

Here is a list of numbers in Lakota. We have made for you a list with all the numbers in Lakota from 1 to 20. We have also included the tens up to the number 100, so that you know how to count up to 100 in Lakota. We also close the list by showing you what the number 1000 looks like in Lakota.

  • 1) waŋží
  • 2) núŋpa
  • 3) yámni
  • 4) tópa
  • 5) záptaŋ
  • 6) šákpe
  • 7) šakówiŋ
  • 8) šaglógaŋ
  • 9) napčíyuŋka
  • 10) wikčémna
  • 11) akéwaŋži
  • 12) akénuŋpa
  • 13) akéyamni
  • 14) akétopa
  • 15) akézaptaŋ
  • 16) akéšakpe
  • 17) akéšakowiŋ
  • 18) akéšaglogaŋ
  • 19) akénapčiyuŋka
  • 20) wikčémna núŋpa
  • 30) wikčémna yámni
  • 40) wikčémna tópa
  • 50) wikčémna záptaŋ
  • 60) wikčémna šákpe
  • 70) wikčémna šakówiŋ
  • 80) wikčémna šaglógaŋ
  • 90) wikčémna napčíyuŋka
  • 100) opáwiŋǧe
  • 1,000) khektópawiŋǧe
  • one million) kȟoktášiča

Numbers in Lakota: Lakota numbering rules

Each culture has specific peculiarities that are expressed in its language and its way of counting. The Lakota is no exception. If you want to learn numbers in Lakota you will have to learn a series of rules that we will explain below. If you apply these rules you will soon find that you will be able to count in Lakota with ease.

The way numbers are formed in Lakota is easy to understand if you follow the rules explained here. Surprise everyone by counting in Lakota. Also, learning how to number in Lakota yourself from these simple rules is very beneficial for your brain, as it forces it to work and stay in shape. Working with numbers and a foreign language like Lakota at the same time is one of the best ways to train our little gray cells, so let's see what rules you need to apply to number in Lakota

  • Digits from zero to nine are specific words: tákuni [0], waŋží [1], núŋpa [2], yámni [3], tópa [4], záptaŋ [5], šákpe [6], šakówiŋ [7], šaglógaŋ [8], and napčíyuŋka [9].
  • The tens are formed by stating the word for ten (wikčémna) followed by its multiplier digit, except for ten itself: wikčémna [10], wikčémna núŋpa [20], wikčémna yámni [30], wikčémna tópa [40], wikčémna záptaŋ [50], wikčémna šákpe [60], wikčémna šakówiŋ [70], wikčémna šaglógaŋ [80], and wikčémna napčíyuŋka [90].
  • Teens from eleven to nineteen are formed prefixing the unit with aké (from akhé, meaning again, another one). It should be noted that the stressed vowel from the unit number falls: akéwaŋži [11], akénuŋpa [12], akéyamni [13], akétopa [14], akézaptaŋ [15], akéšakpe [16], akéšakowiŋ [17], akéšaglogaŋ [18], and akénapčiyuŋka [19].
  • Compound numbers between twenty-one and ninety-nine are formed by stating the ten, then the word aké (from akhé, meaning again, another one), and the unit (e.g.: wikčémna núŋpa aké napčíyuŋka [29], ikčémna šákpe aké záptaŋ [65]).
  • The hundreds are formed starting with the word for hundred (opáwiŋǧe), then the multiplier digit, except for one hundred: opáwiŋǧe [100], opáwiŋǧe núŋpa [200], opáwiŋǧe yámni [300], opáwiŋǧe tópa [400], opáwiŋǧe záptaŋ [500], opáwiŋǧe šákpe [600], opáwiŋǧe šakówiŋ [700], opáwiŋǧe šaglógaŋ [800], and opáwiŋǧe napčíyuŋka [900].
  • When hundreds are compound with a ten or a unit, they are linked with the word sáŋm, which means more, beyond, over (e.g.: opáwiŋǧe sáŋm tópa [104], opáwiŋǧe sáŋm wikčémna núŋpa aké záptaŋ [125]).
  • The thousands are formed by stating the word for thousand (kȟoktá) before the multiplier digit, except for one thousand when not compound: khektópawiŋǧe [1,000], kȟoktá núŋpa [2,000], kȟoktá yámni [3,000], kȟoktá tópa [4,000], kȟoktá záptaŋ [5,000], kȟoktá šákpe [6,000], kȟoktá šakówiŋ [7,000], kȟoktá šaglógaŋ [8,000], and kȟoktá napčíyuŋka [9,000]. When compound, one thousand is kȟoktá (e.g.: kȟoktá sáŋm tópa [1,004], kȟoktá sáŋm akéyamni [1,013]).
  • The word for million is kȟoktášiča [1 million].
  • Lakota dictionary
  • Numbers in different languages