Thanks for posting these interviews. I agree with Mr. Black Bear that it's important to have a unified way of writing the Lakȟóta language. I like the way the NLD has the accent on the vowels to help with stress and using the Lakȟóta alphabet with letters like š,ž,ǧ,ȟ. This helps me to pronounce the words the way they should be pronounced. Mr. Black Bear speaks very well and gets his message across very well.
My husband and and I knew this young man who wasn't Lakȟóta but wanted to learn the language. I'm not sure what dictionary he had, but he would say wičháša like this "we-CHA-sah" so the š sounded like an s in soap instead of like in shop. As many times as my husband corrected him, he'd always still say it wrong. He once said "You say TOmato, I say toMAto. I got so mad at him I told him to mind his manners and show my husband some respect as he grew up speaking Lakȟóta. I think everyone who wants to learn the Lakȟóta language should buy the New Lakota Dictionary and the cds too. I hope other Native languages are doing what the Lakota Language Consortium is doing too. Thanks....Nancy
Tȟuŋkášilayapi tȟawápaha kiŋháŋ owíhaŋkešniyaŋ hé nážiŋ kte kštó.
“I helped the Lakota language by donating to the audio dictionary project. Can you help too?”
Donation Confirmation # is 841269.