Native American


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!






  1. shelbykayburke · February 14, 2016

    I am sorry you had to sacrifice sleep, but it sounds like it was all worth it! What an amazing, inspirational language you are learning. Learning this will defiantly help you as a teacher. I love reading your posts about this learning project.


  2. taylorbauerblog · February 14, 2016

    You are a busy lady with school and wedding planning, but you most likely will have to take a Native American Culture class when becoming certified in South Dakota. I think if you want you can always take that class while starting your first years teaching. It will probably benefit you and be great because you are already learning the language. It’s awesome that you are so dedicated that you are giving up sleep, I know how you feel! But it will honestly benefit you in the end. Keep up the good work!


  3. corinneelisecarlton · February 15, 2016

    What a busy gal! I know the feeling, I have been trying to do 21 credits as well, along with building a house, it’s incredible how much time and energy it is to do online classes! I give you props for trying to learn a difficult language on top of it all! Making note cards sounds like an awesome idea! That way when you feel like you don’t have time, at least there is always cards for a quick review! Glad to hear your learning new words, I’m excited to see if you can get a hold of the man that knows the language! I will check back next week! Keep going girl!


  4. joshuapilkington · February 15, 2016

    Being busy is tough. However, it will only pay off in the end! I’m curious to see if you can somehow contact that man, though. It would really be fascinating to talk to him. Keep it up! Josh


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