Another week down. Lots of learning took place this week. I am very excited about the progress I am making. I wasn’t able to learn all that I wanted to this week due to some circumstances. Next week will be better and I will continue learning. This week I learned a few words that we hear on a regular basis. I learned the words boy, girl, dog, cat, fish, pet, horse, and a few others. This week during my learning I found a website that can help me with my language learning. I was so happy to find this website because it helps me learn the language a little easier. I also learned this week that Chadron State offers a class to teach the Lakota Language. I wish I would have known this sooner I would have joined. However, with this semester of taking 21 credits and planning a wedding I am not sure how I would have fit that in there. I know it would be good for me though. I have really enjoyed learning on my own and learning something interesting that I can apply to my future.
This week my thoughts about this were how are where and when am I going to have time to fit 2 hours of learning my language in? Am I going to have to sacrifice my sleep in order to find time to learn? The answer to these questions is yes it was hard to find the time but I found it. Yes I had to sacrifice my sleep to learn the language this week but, it was all well worth it. Being able to learn my new language is motivating me to love learning. Learning a new language also helps build confidence and curiosity. I am a little curious on how I would do speaking the Lakota language to someone. I have a hard time memorizing words and so I feel like I need to create a note card stack that helps me review each day or at least a couple times a week.
To be honest this learning the Lakota language is tough. I have been making comments to my family about how I am struggling to feel like I am making progress but after talking to them this week they motivated me to keep trying and I had a great week of learning. I was also told that there is a man who lives around the community of my fiancé and he learned the Lakota language when he was in his 20’s. I would like to meet him sometime and maybe get some pointers from him on how maybe learning the language could be a little easier for me.
However, at the end of the day I am very thankful to have this opportunity!