Lakota Keyboard - Mobile is the keyboard layout setting for the Lakota language.
Háu Mitákuyepi! Taŋyáŋ yahípi!
(Hello, my relatives! Welcome to you all!)
Lakota Keyboard - Mobile is the iOS setting app that let's you type correct Lakota into any text area on your iOS mobile device by simply switching into the Lakota Keyboard Mobile option.
1. Go to "Settings"
2. Select "General"
3. Select "Keyboard"
4. Select "keyboards"
5. Choose "Add New Keyboard..."
6. Select "Lakota Keyboard"
Congratulations! Now you can type Lakota.
Once installed and selected as a keyboard option, you can switch between Lakota and English as you type emails, SMS, MMS, web content, and in any other text-input field. Simply press the GLOBE icon to switch.
This is the ultimate integrated Lakota app keyboard solution to help you type Lakota on Facebook, Twitter or wherever, accurately and with integrity.
Lél Lakȟótiya uŋspéuŋkič’ičhiyapi -- ečhúŋphiča!This keyboard uses the standard Lakota orthography that is found in the New Lakota Dictionary and is taught in tribal schools around the Great Plains.
Once installed and selected as a keyboard option, you can switch between Lakota and English as you type emails, SMS, MMS, web content, and any other text-input field.
Lél Lakȟótiya uŋspéuŋkič’ičhiyapi -- ečhúŋphiča!
(Here we study Lakota language – it can be done!)
Ratings and Reviews
Good idea, poorly executed
First, the positive:
I'm very glad this Krystal exists. The Standard Lakota Orthography (SLO), which this keyboard uses, is the most intuitive and easy to understand spelling system I've ever seen for Lakota. With all the other ways of spelling/writing Lakota that I've been taught, you can only guess how to pronounce a new word you see...just like English. SLO makes it so much easier: I love that I can figure out a new word just based on its spelling. Some people are put off by the "wablúška" (wedges above letters) and say that makes it look like Czech language, but there's always a learning curve with anything new. Once you get comfortable reading it, it is really a great system.
As for the keyboard itself:
It's great to have a Lakota & Dakota phone keyboard, but this one has so many problems that my friends and I, who would like to use it to practice our language with proper spelling, have given up on it.
Some of the issues:
-The default is set to all caps. This is annoying because it requires extra toggling to get to the most commonly used set of letters (lower case) every time.
-The vowels with stress marks are likewise on a different screen that requires extra toggling. The Google keyboard handles this much better: you hold down the key for a vowel, and the version with a stress mark appears as an option above it. (ie "a" > "á")
-The keys don't have distinct boxes around them like on other keyboards, so you just have to touch the screen in the general area of the letter, and hope you're close enough that the right letter, not the one next to it, will appear.
-There is no exclamation point (!). I don't know why. There also isn't an ampersand (&). This is minor, but definitely impedes communication; having to toggle over to my English keyboard for a common punctuation mark is tedious.
My complaints about all this toggling may seem frivolous, but when you're trying to have a text message conversation, speed is important, and these extra obstacles slow you down considerably.
The Dakota computer keyboard, also put out by LLC, is wonderful and makes it easy to communicate in the language on the computer. But this one has led many of us to either give up on texting in the language on our phones. Some of us resort to approximating the spelling the best we can with other phone keyboards that lack letters like ŋ, ǧ, & ȟ, which is not great for learned who are trying to master basic spelling.
I wish this keyboard was more user friendly, or that there was another one out there that had all the letters we need for the language, because I'd do a lot more phone communication in the language if I could.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.