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" ka wela o Honolulu!"

Translation:Wow, Honolulu is hot!

October 10, 2018



Ka wela changes it from just "hot" to "the heat". C Wow, Honolulu is not could be literally translated as, "Wow, the heat of Honolulu!". But when translating a spoken language you need to change grammatically and idiomatically to the language you are translating to. That's why sometimes an exact translation word by word doesn't work.


But in this case, it does work. "Wow, the heat of Honolulu!" was accepted, too.

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Why do we put ka in front of wela? I assume that it's used with some other adjectives as well, but why?


In this situation, we're using it not as an adjective, but as a noun. "ka wela" - "the heat". and "o" is a preposition meaning "of". i.e., "Wow! The heat of Honolulu!", implying it is significant. "wela" is not only "hot" but the state of being such.


In general, when translating states is there going to be an article like ke or ka with the word as well?


Thank you for clarifying this! :)


Can it also be translated as "it is hot in Honolulu", or would that be written differently?


What is the difference between o and 'o?


Is the "w" in Hawaiian pronounced as a "w" or "v" sound? I have been told "v" but it always sounds like a "w" on Duolingo.


It varies from speaker to speaker, and also depends on the surrounding vowels.


I think it depends on if the w is at the beginning or middle of the word or something.

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