Speak Hawaiian Instantly
Learning a new language can be the most wonderful thing you can do in your life. Some people devote their entire lives to learning a language. Some even learn a multitude of languages. They are called polyglotts. To be able to communicate with a Hawaiian in their own tongue is something you will never forget and this article will help you to achieve that goal.
The Hawaiian language is a Polynesian language from the Austronesian family of languages. It is the official language of the state of Hawaii. There are about 24,000 speakers of the language, which is only 0.1% of the population. A visit to Hawaii is probably the epitome of exotic paradise and my earliest memories of Hawaii are watching the Elvis Presley films made there in the sixties. Now are you ready to Speak Hawaiian Instantly Using English Words To Help Pronunciation.
Exercise 1 : Hello
Let's begin with saying hello. I know there are formal greetings we can learn, but we are on vacation so we will use the informal word:
Try these English words : pal-owe-ah. This is one of those words that is known internationally anyway, similar to "adios", "sayonara" and "okay".
Whenever "a" is used alone in the English words section it is always pronounced like "a" in "apple"
Hawaiian phrase : aloha
What it means : hello
English words : pal-owe-ah.
Pronounced : a-low-ah.
On the video skip to 1:31
Thanks to justleesa
Exercise 2 : Where Are The Toilets?
At some stage on our holiday we will need to know where the toilets are. For me it's usually when we arrive at our destination at the airport. We already know how to say hello to someone. Now find out where the toilets are.
aie i hea ka lua
Hawaiian phrase : aie i hea ka lua.
What it means : where is the toilet?
English words : buy we see are pal-loo-a.
Pronounced : ah-ee ee hee ah kalua.
Unfortunately there aren't many instructional videos on YouTube with Hawaiian language native speakers, but where possible I will include them here.
Exercise 3 : Thank You
This is just a great word that we can use for thousands of situations.
Hawaiian phrase : mahalo.
What it means : thank you.
English words : a-hallow
Pronounced : ma-hah-loh
On the video in Exercise 1 skip to 2:10.
Maui Hawaiian Village
Exercise 4 : Excuse me
Here is another phrase we are bound to use on our vacation. To attract someones attention in a shop or to pass somebody in a busy market.
e kala mai ia'u
Hawaiian phrase : e kala mai ia'u.
What it means : excuse me.
English words : we allah by yahoo.
Pronounced : ee kala my yah oo.
Exercise 5 : How Much is it?
This phrase is essential for when we go shopping. We are bound to want to know the price of something sooner or later, especially on markets where you might end up bartering. It helps in shops or anywhere, where there is no price displayed.
Hawaiian phrase : 'ehia
What it means : How much is it?
English words : say E.R.
Pronounced : ay-eeyah.
Hawaiian script in a newspaper
Exercise 6 : I Would Like
I would like or I want are always handy to know. Even if you only point to what it is that you need. The phrase to use is:
I cannot find a direct translation of "I would like". This is the closest, which, I think, means "have you". This would be followed by pointing or saying what it is that you want. Hopefully an accomplished Hawaiian speaker will give me a better word to use, but for now this will suffice.
Hawaiian phrase : he.
What it means : I would like.
English words : way.
Pronounced : hay.
Exercise 7 : Drinks
Obviously we can't learn every single item we might want to buy while we're on our holidays, so we will narrow it down to some drinks we may want in a cafe or a bar. Hence there is quite a few words and phrases to get through.
Hawaiian phrase : ipu...kope...ki...pia...waiu...waina...wai.
What it means : cup of...coffee...tea...beer...milk...wine...water.
English words : tee-do...dope-pay...me...mia...buy-two...sign-a...high.
Pronounced : ee-poo...cope-ay...key...pee-a...why-you...wine-a...why.
Exercise 8 : Numbers
When we are ordering our drinks we might want more than one so we will need to learn some numbers. Here they are one to five.
Hawaiian phrase : 'ekahi...'elua...'ekolu...'eha...'elima
What it means : one...two...three...four...five.
English words : say-lah-me...say-boo-a...say-no-you...say-a...say-lima.
Pronounced : ay-kah-ee...ay-loo-a...aykohloo...ay-ha...ay-lima.
On the video skip to 1:05.
Thanks to Corinna Gandara for this short video
Exercise 9 : The Bill / The Check
Unfortunately when we have finished all our drinks we are going to have to pay. So we will need the bill.
pila, e 'olu'olu
Hawaiian phrase : pila, e 'olu'olu
What it means : the bill, please
English words : seal bay blue blue.
Pronounced : peel-a ay oloo oloo.
Exercise 10 : Goodbye
We began with hello so why don't we end with goodbye?
a hui hou
Hawaiian phrase : a hui hou.
What it means : goodbye.
English words : bah sue-me go-you.
Pronounced : ah who-ee oh-who.
A hui hou
Unfortunately our time in Hawaii is at an end, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to practise your Hawaiian language. There are many internet sites you can visit or even better you may get to know a Hawaiian person. By far the best way to learn a language is to listen to native speakers, just to get the rhythm, sounds and feel of the language. You may even decide to begin learning the language in it's entirety, which will bring you a lifetime of pleasure. Good luck and until next time...a hui hou.