The New Lakota Dictionary Pro Mobile app (NLD) version 3.0 update was released for Apple and Android devices in July of 2021. The NLD Mobile app is the best way to look up Lakota words, hear the pronunciation, and view thousands of example sentences while on the go. It’s the ultimate electronic Lakota learning and reference tool.

The New Lakota Dictionary was created with ongoing partnerships with over 400 native speakers to ensure accuracy not only in spelling and definition but in context as well. This is an invaluable resource for Lakota learners everywhere and is easily accessible to anyone with a mobile device. When a user searches a word, they are presented with multiple definitions and spellings depending on the context in which the word is being used, as well as example sentences to demonstrate the word in a complete Lakota phrase. A total of 31,000-word entries and 53,000 example sentences makes the New Lakota Dictionary Version 3.0 the most in-depth Lakota dictionary available, and an important tool in Lakota language learning and preservation.

What’s new in version 3.0? 

  • 6,000 new entries – 31,000 total words
  • 13,000 new sample sentences – 53,000 total sentences
  • Male and female voices for audio
  • Consistent phonemic spelling – Standard Lakota Orthography
  • Superior cross-referencing capabilities
  • Faster and more responsive than online versions
  • Works offline, without an active data connection
  • Built-in lemmatizer simplifies searching to find related results that have different word endings & compounding
  • Over 400 native speakers involved in its development and review
  • Regularly updated
  • Accurate and reliable
  • Fun to use and explore
  • An excellent self-study investment

With the addition of 6,000 new entries and 13,000 new example sentences, this updated version builds on decades of linguistic work to create the most accurate up-to-date dictionary possible. 

The lemmatizer is one of the biggest advantages of the app when compared to the printed version of the NLD. Many Lakota words and sentences rely on guttural tones and stops. Affixes are added to words all the time, so unless you know the stem of the word with affixes, you won’t be able to find it in the dictionary. Fortunately, this app does that for you, if you time in the word e.g. waŋwičhablake the app will show you the entry for the stem word waŋyánka.

The New Lakota Dictionary – Mobile Version 3.0 is available now for download or update on your Apple or Android devices. 

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Click here for the Apple App Store


Release Notes Update: Additional Android Instruction

Friday, July 9th LLC released an update to the NLD in the Apple and Android stores. While the Apple update had no issues, some Android users encountered issues downloading the update. Our tech team worked with Google and users to resolve errors reported over the weekend. As of Monday, July 12, Google’s representatives have advised us the problem is resolved. Android users should have no issues downloading or updating the NLD Mobile App on their Android devices. 

If you have experienced this issue, we recommend you uninstall and reinstall the app or attempt to update the version. Before you get started, make sure you have a stable internet connection and that there is enough space on your device for this download of 174 MB (learn how to check your space here, or free up storage here). Once you have downloaded the NLD Mobile, make sure you do not allow your device to fall into sleep mode until the content inside the app is fully downloaded. Depending on the internet speed to your device this additional download may take 3 – 30 minutes and when complete. Again this will consume 174 MB of storage on the device when fully downloaded.

If you have any issues with the NLD Mobile App on Android or other apps you can email for additional support.