"Today is beautiful."
Translation:Nani kēia lā.
I had "He nani kēia lā." and it was also wrong. Hovering the "is" it says "he" and below that "untranslated". I was wondering why, but then, on another comment page, it said, that the "he" is used, when the English sentence has an "a":
Today is a beautiful day. = He lā nani kēia lā.
Today is beautiful. = Nani kēia lā.
Actually, from previous excercises I was under the impression that "he" was "is, are", but it turnes out it means "a, an".
As for the "i", the dictionary says it is a marker for a direct or indirect object, and can be translated as "To, towards, at, in, on, by, because of, for, due to, by means of".
If you think of "i kēia lā" as "today (on this day)" and of "kēia lā" as "today (this day)", that works:
Today (this day) is beautiful. = Nani kēia lā.
Today (on this day) it is beautiful. = Nani i kēia lā.
The "i" is one of the ways to add additional information to an already "complete" sentence with a subject and a predicate. In many sentences in this lesson we use "i kēia lā" to add additional information--namely, that the weather patterns we are talking about are happening "today". "Anuanu ka anilā... i kēia lā" = "The weather is cold...today".
In this sentence however, "today" IS the subject, not additional information. So you can't mark it with "i". "Nani i kēia lā" is like saying "On this day.... is beautiful." What is beautiful? Removing the "i" makes "kēia lā" into the subject of the sentence.
Maybe duolingo isn't made to learn a language, but to practice a language I'm already learning - that's what I come to think. I will probably stop with Hawaiian, since I can't see a sense behind the grammar they use. Just learning by try and error, mainly error...I am tired of not being able to understand the sense. It is not easy to skip this, but I am not proceeding. I was curious about the language. They have to give more grammatical advice.
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