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Hawaiian Course Lackluster? Try Drops! ...And various other resources.

[deactivated user]

    I was very excited to see the Hawaiian course come out on Duolingo, but I was shocked to see how short the course is. I wouldn’t call this a tree; it’s more like a seedling! But, there are other ways to learn.

    1: Duolingo wasn’t the only one to release a Hawaiian course; Drops released one as well before them. If you don’t know what Drops is, it’s a language learning app that focuses on visual learning. What’s more is that the app has more words there than on Duolingo. Sure, there might not be grammar, but at least you can pick up other words from Drops and put those words to use here.

    2: There are videos on YouTube that teach Hawaiian more than this course, including the alphabet; The Kulāiwi videos are the most noticeable. There are many of these videos from the late 1970s that teach the Hawaiian language in multiple parts; each one about an hour or more long. If you want to, go and check them out!

    So, if this course wasn’t enough for you, don’t lose hope! These two alternatives should keep your Hawaiian fix going until a potential expansion to the tree. And there could be more, like Omnyglot for example. I might actually put up grammar here soon, so keep an eye out for that. A hui hou!

    October 5, 2018



    You do get that this is only a super-early beta release, right?


    In fact, it looks like an accident for a course that was supposed to stay in Phase 1 for a while. This also happened for a short while to Hindi for English speakers when that was in Phase 1. ;)

    [deactivated user]

      Yeah, I understand it’s a beta release, but I saw betas that were more complete than the Hawaiian course. I’m just saying; I guess that’s why I was unsatisfied with the length. And I would agree that it was indeed an accident; it was released days before the estimated release date.

      [deactivated user]

        The Hawaiian course is clearly unfinished and incomplete. I think it'd be best to refrain from criticizing it. The volunteers who makes these courses have enough work to do without having deal with the pressure of overcoming a negative public perception of the course because it was accidentally put into beta before it was completed.

        Same for the Navajo course.

        [deactivated user]

          Well, you’re right about that. I was just stating my opinion on the matter. Sorry if I was a bit harsh about it. But, hopefully, the resources I put here will help.


          It's in beta. Additional skills are being worked on and will be added.

          Additionally, you may be pleased to know that Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier, the host of the Kulāiwi videos (from the 1990s) you reference in your original post, is on the Duolingo ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i content development team.


          The Hawaiian course on Mango Languages is also very nice, if you prefer free, app-based courses. All you need is a library card.

          Learn Hawaiian in just 5 minutes a day. For free.