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HAWAIIAN WORD OF THE DAY

 

About The Show:

The HNC supports Hawaii Public Radio via a segment called Hawaiian Word of the day. This daily feature encourages awareness of the use of the Hawaiian Language in everyday conversation. In each 30 second vignette host Leilani Poli`ahu introduces a new word, explains what it means, spells it, and models the correct pronunciation.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

The Hawaiian language has few phonemes. Because of that, Hawaiian has more words with multiple meanings than almost any other language.

 

GOOD TO KNOW

 

1. Adjectives follow nouns

2. A verb commonly precedes its subject

3. The definite or specific articles and the

indefinite or non-specific article precede

nouns

 

 

The Hawaiian Alphabet

Vowels:

A E I O U

Consonants:

H K L M N P W

*Included in the consonants is a glottal stop ‘ similar to the sound between the Oh’s in English oh-oh.

YES, THERE ARE ONLY 12 LETTERS IN THE HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE.

 

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