https://www.duolingo.com/ECMO16

Why learn Hawaiian?

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I'm just curious but why choose to learn Hawaiian? What are your motivations? For me, I would like to learn more about the culture and history of this Polynesian culture and what it was like before westerners came. What about you guys?

February 17, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/JessicaEnn6

I am learning Hawaiian astronomy. I am a professional astronomer/professor and when I discovered Hawaiian astronomy, I was intrigued by how different astronomy within the tropics is from astronomy outside of the tropics. It's a literally example of the idea that where we come from determines our viewpoint. Through learning Hawaiian astronomy, I discovered that I was starting to learn a few Hawaiian words and I wanted to be more intentional towards that. I'm finding that there is a lot of culture and meaning in learning the language.

February 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LasCicatrices

Raised in Hawaii, they had us study it in school for at least 7 years. I'd imagine many would be interested in learning the language because while it is endangered, it also has a rich history tied with oral stories (passed down through generations) and struggles with colonization. As the language was banned in schools after the annexation, and children were no longer being proficient in Hawaiian, many parts of the language and culture died out. This is why I used to learn Hawaiian (I have bigger things on my plate at the moment to have time anymore ^^;) and this is also why it's mandatory in many Hawaiian schools.

February 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/IchhasseMuecken

I don't want to come of as shallow, but... mainly because it sounds nice.
Also enjoy learning about other places though, and Hawai`i surely has an interesting culture to offer.

February 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ECMO16
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That’s not shallow at all! It is a beautiful sounding language!

February 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JessePaedia
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It's the same reason why people learn Romance languages, Ukrainian, and Farsi.

March 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/This_Dark_Soul

Well, I love learning languages, and learning endangered, dwindling, or unusual languages makes me feel happy, smart, confident, and gives me a sense that I'm something more than just an outcast.

February 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Squancho
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Because traditional Hawaiian music is still sung in Hawaiian.

February 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/betsys2003
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I have set a goal to learn a language native to each continent. I'm loosely including Hawaii in the "Americas" (and considering them to be one continent). Limited options for that. I was going to go with Navajo, but I'm going to Hawaii in a few months and I thought that might be a motivation.

Also finding that it's quite different from most other languages, which is a cool bonus.

February 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Angel21555924
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I wanted to learn the language since I was a kid. Back then my reason was because of Lilo and Stitch. Now I'm older the reason changed to: "why not? it's just a cool language"

I also listen to hawaiian music on spotify. To be honest, it later became another reason to learn this language

February 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/IchhasseMuecken

Same here, Lilo and Stitch was my first exposure to the language besides knowing that "aloha" was a greeting.

February 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/jdmcowan
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I am a big proponent of the ‘ukulele and would like to be able to sing songs in Hawaiian and know what I am singing.

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/cat3790

Because I like to learn

March 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mattogucci

I visit Hawaii fairly often and wanted to pronounce people and places the correct way. Also knowing the language helps you understand why certain places are named what they are; there's more to just the name, there's a history behind it. Learning the language will only help me appreciate Hawaii even more. Also, I figure I am on Hawaiian land, may as well at least make an effort to speak the language

March 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EduMatOzone
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Aloha, Ecmo!

I started hawaian because of an old tv serie called "Magnum". I was then atracted to that "weird"language that sounds really cool and fun! Now it is on Duolingo so... I go for it! :D

February 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ezra820160

And why I like Hawaiian is because it is an old language and it's fun to use.

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/King_Sheepy

Because! Why not! Hawaiian is a language that is dying out and should be spoken more!

February 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Darth8863
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There's hope though...

"At the inception of the Pūnana Leo Hawaiian immersion preschool program in 1983, the number of speakers of Hawaiian was estimated at 1,500. In 2013, Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s proclamation of Hawaiian Language Month stated that there are an estimated 30,000 speakers of Hawaiian at “various levels of fluency"...

See the whole story here: https://apps.ksbe.edu/kaiwakiloumoku/node/607

February 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/zuzajic
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I'm probably gonna sound silly, but I got kind of sad when I heard that it's an endangered language, because to me it meant that Hawaii was slowly losing it's own magic just to be more like the rest of the world, and I think that every country and especially one this beautiful has a right to stay true to its culture. It also reminds me of when people in Czechoslovakia had to speak German because they were a part of a bigger monarchy...

March 20, 2019
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