Software & Downloads

New Lakota Dictionary Pro

nldp-screenshotThe NLD-Pro is the most extensive resource available for Lakota language learners. This downloadable version of the dictionary includes audio for every single headword, spoken by fluent men and women. Example sentences throughout the dictionary, together with their English translations, allow students to read the language as it is used by Native speakers. Read a word you don’t know? Just double click it to be taken to its entry.

Last updated: 06/18/2015

New Lakota Dictionary Pro for Windows PC (551 MB)
New Lakota Dictionary Pro for Mac OS X (551 MB) (Special Instructions for OSX Sierra)

To continue using the NLD-Pro after your 30-day free trial, you can purchase a license key at the LLC Bookstore.


Lakota Keyboard Layout and Fonts Bundle v.3

keyboard-and-fontsIn order to type Lakota correctly on your computer, you will need to download and install the Lakota keyboard layout. This only needs to be done once on your machine – after that, you can switch between the English and Lakota keyboard layouts. With the Lakota layout turned on, you can use redundant English keys on your computer keyboard to type the unique Lakota letters.

Last updated: 10/23/2015

Lakota Keyboard Layout and Fonts Bundle v.3 for Windows PC (EXE, 28 MB)
User Guide for Windows PC version (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Lakota Keyboard Layout and Fonts Bundle v.3 for Mac OS X  (PKG, 38 MB)
User Guide for Mac OS X version (PDF, 1.3 MB)


Teacher’s Guides

teachers-guidesThese Teacher’s Guides help language teachers get most out of the Lakȟótiya Wóglaka Po! textbook series. An overview of each textbook unit is given, followed by step-by-step instructions for modelling the language and ideas for activities and games that will reinforce the material for students. Careful use of the Teacher’s Guides makes classroom time more effective – and the teacher’s job easier!

Level 1 Teacher’s Guide (PDF, 1.8 MB)
Level 2 Teacher’s Guide (PDF, 0.7 MB)
Level 2 Word Find Solutions (PDF, .2MB)
Level 3 Teacher’s Guide (PDF, 1.5 MB)
Level 4 Teacher’s Guide (PDF, 4.5 MB)


Classroom resources

classroom-resourcesThese alphabet flashcards can be used to teach the sounds and spelling of the language. Flashcard activities are lively and retain children’s attention for a much longer time than working with a textbook alone.

Lakota alphabet flashcards (PDF, 0.04 MB)

You can also download a list of basic instructions teachers can use with children in the classroom. It is important to use as little English in the classroom as possible. Classroom instructions will be easily picked up by children if they hear them regularly.

Classroom instructions (PDF, 0.06 MB)


Useful articles

The following articles provide a good introduction to TPR (total physical response), a teaching technique that involves the student in movement and real-life interaction as they learn.

Cantoni, G. P, Using TPR-Storytelling to Develop Fluency and Literacy in Native American Languages

Asher, J. J., Language By Command: The Total Physical Response approach to learning language