Answers to Reading Practice

Directions: This exercise is designed to wean you off English spelling rules in reading Lakota. The following English words are theoretically possible in the Lakota languages. First, pronounce them as you would in English. Then, pronounce them as if they were Lakota words. You do not need to write anything down; simply check to see if your pronunciations match the descriptions given in the Answers section.

Example:
   hose { English pronunciation: "hohwz"
Lakota pronunciation: "hoh   seh"

1. manual { English pronunciation: "mae   nyoo   ehl"
Lakota pronunciation: "mah   noo   ahl"
 
2. house { English pronunciation: "hows"
Lakota pronunciation: "hoh   oo   seh"
 
3. loathe { English pronunciation: "lohwth"
Lakota pronunciation: "loh   ah   teh"
 
4. euphonious { English pronunciation: "yoo   fohw   nee   uhs"


Lakota pronunciation: "eh   oo   poh   nee   oh   oos"

 
5. automobile { English pronunciation: "ah   tohw   mohw   beel"


Lakota pronunciation: "ah   doh   moh   bee   leh"


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