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"He tita ʻeleu kona kaikuahine."

Translation:His sister is an energetic sister.

June 4, 2019



Hawaiian suddenly grows a new consonant?

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There are a few words commonly used (slang) that include non-Hawaiian letters, such as Tita and paisi ha'awe (backpack) (with kahako above the first a in each word- I'm having a difficult time with my font today)


I would not say that they are non-Hawaiian because prior to contact, the sounds T and R were in regular use. In fact, T is still part of the language as heard on Kaua'i and Ni'ihau. T is interchangeable with K.


That is interesting info Kelii... Thank you for your insight!


No no no! That cannot be a correct translation. The English phrasing is redundant. What about "He wahine ʻeleu kona kaikuahine"? - "An energetic woman, his sister!" would at least be a more common phrase. So many of the sentences in this lesson set are confusing because the English sentences assigned to them make little sense.


I completely agree. It should be "His sister is energetic." If the word "sister" is properly used twice in Hawaiian, that doesn't mean it is properly used twice in English.


I think they are purposefully using both ways to say sister here to show the two different words, and trying to make it obvious with the slightly stilted English translation.

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    I suppose rewriting the prompt in English could have been "His sister is an energetic one," but I am not sure if there is an adequate Hawaiian translation for that.


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