This week I made extra time to figure out how this language learning stuff was going to work. In high school I took 3 years of Spanish and to this day I can not tell you what I learned. I really wish I could have remembered more Spanish than I do. However, I feel that learning the Lakota Language and then being able to apply it to every day life will help me be able to remember what I learn.
For my independent learning this week I learned how to say a few words. I have found a Lakota book and it helps me learn words. When I do not know how to pronounce the word I either look it up on google or I ask my fiances mom. My fiances mom works at a school close to the reservation and she sometimes uses the Lakota Language. I have also found a couple books that will help me learn the language a little easier. I am looking forward to being able to accomplish this project!
As I work through this independent learning project I am starting to plan out how much of the language to learn. I would like to learn most of the language but what my thoughts are is that I am just going to be able to learn the common conversational phrases that are used and maybe some of the school words and animal words. I think knowing these things will help me to start out with showing the students that I want to be able to relate with them.
After this week I feel a little overwhelmed by all that I will be learning but I keep reminding myself of how rewarding it will be when I know these phrases. I enjoy learning about different cultures and when I travel to different places I like to learn at least one phrase that I know I will use often. Having my fiance’s family know a little bit of the Lakota Language will be helpful because when I do not know something they will be able to explain it to me and help me to speak the phrase the right way. As I said earlier I can not wait to continue this journey of learning the new language. I know I will have some rough days learning the different language but in the end I know it will all be worth it! I am so grateful for this opportunity to learn something of my choice!