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"ʻOka au i ke mea ʻai Pākē."

Translation:I order the Chinese plate lunch.

July 12, 2019



This whole course is using common expressions in Hawai'i that people outside of Hawai'i would not automatically know. Plate lunch is one of those expressions. It is a plate of food that you would buy at a cheap eats type of restaurant. So not only are you learning Hawaiian language, you are also learning a bit about the way Hawai'i residents speak English, too.


NOTE: (ke pā / the plate and ke pākaukau / the table) are exceptions to the rule . Most words that begin with the letter (P) take (ka) / the.

Ke is typically used before words starting with K, E, A, O like ke keiki / the man and ke aliʻi / the ruler.


Sometimes "lunch" is in the translation, sometimes it's not. Feels inconsistent.


The use of "plate lunch" or "lunch plate" should be interchangeable and not affect the outcome. Because really that's a hybrid language reference and not an actual english language reference. Duolingo, stop marking me as wrong!

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    I enjoyed this prompt. "Lunch" is not a required response. [Plate][food thing][Chinese] makes no reference to lunch. It is simply a Chinese food plate.

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