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"Aia ka lua ma ka hopena o ka holoē?"

Translation:Is the bathroom at the end of the hallway?

December 27, 2018

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

"Ka lumi ho‘opaupilikia." The room where troubles are finished = RESTROOM, or BATHROOM. "Ka lua" is a toilet or hole, as in "Is the toilet at the end of the hallway." One envisions an outhouse.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jessi784299

The room where troubles are finished! I like it! :D


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

Was 'lua' used for this in pre-contact Hawaiian, or is it a 'gift from missionaries? Pukui et al. say the word comes from PPN, but not that that word was used for toilet.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeraldMath4

I didn't hear this as a question and had to correct the translation after I looked at the screen. It would be nice to hear the question form and statement form in close succession now and then. Oh! It turns out the next example was as a statement, but by then I had forgotten what the question sounded like! :-(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kamakea1

The DL team is trying to teach us that Hawaiian questions fall in pitch at the end, the opposite of American questions.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeraldMath4

I typed it as a statement again! Plus a new "wrong word": "hall" instead of "hallway."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zach--..

I love how, when you sound it out, "holoē" sounds like "hallway".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeraldMath4

Surprise! Now try to guess where the word came from.


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

Haha! Yes. It is one of hundreds of loaner words. Maybe thousands.

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