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"Kōʻala ʻo Keoki i ka naʻaukake."

Translation:Keoki broils sausage.

January 10, 2019



The way DL translates this sentence, "...broils sausage" is treating "sausage" as a generic term, so whenever Keoki cooks sausage, he habitually broils it. Given ka, It could also say that he broils THE sausage. Either interpretation should be correct. Itʻs a bit ambiguous.


Hmm...the English translation seems a bit odd for this one. I could be wrong. Any one else? Thoughts?


I agree, "Keoki broils the sausage" sounds more natural to me! I think all the variations you suggested should be accepted. :D And, even though it sounds a little odd, I could see using "Keoki broils sausage" if i wanted to specify how Keoki usually cooks sausage, in general.


What seems odd about the translation?


Well, I suppose I would’ve thought it would be: “Keoki broils THE sausage” since “Keoki broils sausage” didn’t sound quite right to me. He either broils “A” sausage, or “THE” sausage if it’s just a single sausage. Or if plural, “Keoki broils sausageS” would sound right. Just not “Keoki broils SAUSAGE.” But I wasn’t sure if I was wrong about the English on this one or not since I put “Keoki broils the sausage” and got it wrong. But I thought there was a chance that I could be wrong, so I figured I’d ask and see if anyone else thought differently than I did.


I see your point.


The English sentence sounds more like a habitual statement. It's like me saying, "I walk to work." I'm not necessarily walking to work now, but I have in the past and I'm likely to in the future.

Hawaiian seems to use definite articles a lot more than English, but the English translations don't always reflect the same amount of definiteness. If there's some particular subtlety or absence of it that isn't easily conveyed in a translation, it would helpful if the course creators would explain in the grammar notes.


I like your term and example. In Hawaiian this sentence could mean the habitual sense or the specific (i.e. the sausage). Which it is depends on the context.


I reported it as sounding 'un-natural'...we'll see what becomes of it.

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