"that"

Translation:kēnā

October 30, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShKaopuiki

Kēnā is that, near you (usually in your reaching distance, away from me the person speaking).

Kēlā is that, far from both you and I.

Kēia is this, near me (usually in reaching distance of me)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JonathanHa239647

Very helpful explanation. I struggled with this my first time through Pidgin


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/icdiva

Wonderful explanation, thank you!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BryanDeVor1

Shouldnʻt this word be "kēlā" rather than "kēnā"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CHarrell13

One google later:

Hawaiian has a full spread of proximal-medial-distal demonstratives, while English no longer marks for medial vs distal (although it used to, with "yonder" contrasting with "that). "Kēnā" is the medial demonstrative, while "kēlā" is the distal one.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abcdefg-1

Thanks! Now that you mentioned it, I remembered that there is a Kēlā & kēnā section in the Tips and notes for the Determiners skill:
https://www.duolingo.com/skill/hw/Determiners/tips-and-notes

I guess without any context, either one should be accepted, although this might have been a word bank exercise (don't remember exactly) where only "kēnā" was provided as a valid translation.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yendor777

CHarrell13, I appreciate that you are trying to help us understand Hawaiian, but it would help even more if you could use words that the average human can understand. LOL. Mahalo!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YazzKwiinX

I was using the word bank and they accepted "kēia" as a typo...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emily651625

I cant do accents


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Connor379018

If you speak any Italian, you can use the word "là" as a mnemonic for "kēlā" (at least that's what works for me)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drakeh2

That works with French as well!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ivitcyex

Portuguese (lá) and Spanish (allá) work too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TNLion

sound works just fine on pc for anyone needing to know


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hapaki4

How do I type in the okina's and kahako's?

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