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"Hello, child."

Translation:Aloha, e ke keiki.

October 7, 2018



probably required by hawaiian grammar. However the intro rules don't describe or explain it. I belive it should be added


What intro rules? That sounds like it would be pretty helpful...?


Some skills, when you tap on them, will have a little lightbulb icon appear. Tap on that and it will bring you to a guide for that skill. I believe there are more guides on pc/the internet than there are on mobile though


Cool! Good to know . Mahalo no kau mana'o


On the duolingo.com website, you can access Tips & Notes for each level that has them by clicking the lightbulb icon that appears above the "Start" button. Unfortunately, these aren't available on mobile.

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    Is ke/ka used because the subject is a common noun? Would you also say "Aloha, e ka 'ilio"? I believe one would always address a teacher with "Aloha, e ke kumu."


    ʻAe, pololei! Yes, that's right. Ke/Ka is used because the addressee is a "common noun", and could be used with other "common nouns" like ʻīlio or kumu, as well.


    Also, if you use the Duolingo website on your PC, it has lots of tips in each chapter that the mobile app doesn't always provide. Sometimes they have more audio clips, too.


    yea i agree with you


    This actually means "Hello, you the child." Just Hawaiian grammar I suppose


    Yes, every noun needs ke/ka. It's not necessarily translated into English.


    I think it's because you're talking about someone specificly, and to them directly.


    its a object marker


    Becuase ke as for kid


    Copying from link posted by PsilentPspeaking This is where the translation of "ka/ke/nå" as "the" breaks down. Polynesian languages don't have definite and indefinite articles the way most Indo-European languages do. What they DO have are "noun markers" which are used far more consistently than articles in Romance or Germanic languages. Nouns always need to be preceded by some kind of noun marker, as the distinction between "parts of speech" is far more fluid, so they're needed to contextualize that we're dealing with a noun, rather than a verb, and adjective, etc.


    Where I lived in Hawaii no one spoke this way. I'll give examples. It was always simply "Aloha!" or "Aloha [Name]." It was implied who you were speaking to, whether an individual or a crowd. As kids we were simply called keiki. No gender separation and singular/plural was implied. These were easily understood be context so the extra markers etc. were usually unnecessary. I can't say my understanding of Hawaiian grammar is very advanced. My understanding is practical and of common everyday direct verbal interactions. The lessons here feel very formal, as if one needed to write a graduate thesis in Hawaiian. Perhaps this is regional. Anyone here have a similar or different experience?


    There is always big difference between grammar and everyday use of the actual language. Goes for most languages. When learning a language (in my opinion) it is always good to learn the "proper" way (or formal like you said). The everyday way speaking will be easily learnt by using the language but having the grammar base will help avoid embarrassing situations should you ever need to speak professionally or showing respect (formal situations). I speak for experience as an Italian living abroad.


    According to my kumu ‘ōlelo, saying "Aloha e ke keiki" is like saying "Hello the child," and we don't do that.


    right but you still need to put the object marker- its js how it is


    do you need to add e after greeting anyone?


    Why do we need "e" before the "ke keiki"?


    E indicates direction of your speech.


    You can read rules even from the app. When you choose a new category, before pressing to "start" look carefully, you can have access to rules


    I am sure I had acces to the rules on the Hawaiian course only once, after an update, after that it disappear. as I type, there is no "rules/tips" options when selecting a lesson


    So, Why doesn't it say "Aloha, Keiki Kane", only Keiki?


    Child is keiki, keiki kāne is boy.


    I'm glad I'm not the only one that didn't get it... Lost me there


    Just seems to me that if you're talking TO someone you wouldn't need (or want) to use the marker - feels like you're objectifying them. Too haole?

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