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Is Hawaiian similar to japanese?

I have known that there are a couple of things similar in japan and hawaii but does the language have anything in common?

November 26, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.T.Gregor

They are not (closely) related, if that's what you're asking. There are some suggestions that give Japanese a distant relationship with the Austronesian languages, but it would almost certainly be too distant to be of any real use when learning the languages, if it exists.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DylanDaley1

Very interesting! Everything I've seen says Japonic languages are related to the other Altaic languages. But I've seen attempts to link Korean with the Austronesian languages!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chaered

If the two were close, we'd have pineapple sushi by now.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdmcowan

There is some cultural exchange between the two places and some words have been borrowed from each language to the other. In addition, they both have very similar syllable structures and quite a bit of overlap in sound inventory. However, the grammar is very different and most of the vocabularies have little relationship. Speaking one language will not really help you at all with the other.

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