WHAT’S IN A NAME? THE HAWAIʻI EDITION

As you may (or may not) know, at the beginning of this year I started learning Hawaiian. And if you are learning a certain language, it is always nice to brush up on your geography knowledge. But don’t worry, I won’t be telling you where the individual islands of the Aloha State or some of its culturally or historically important places are located. Instead, I am going to tell you what’s behind their names. … More WHAT’S IN A NAME? THE HAWAIʻI EDITION

“KA LEI HAʻAHEO: BEGINNING HAWAIIAN” BY ALBERTA PUALANI HOPKINS

It is absolutely wonderful when you want to learn a language and can actually find a textbook that will help you do it. I am learning Hawaiian, and I have already managed to buy two language books. “Learn Hawaiian At Home” is the one I’m currently using; “Ka Lei Haʻaheo” will be my next choice. … More “KA LEI HAʻAHEO: BEGINNING HAWAIIAN” BY ALBERTA PUALANI HOPKINS

“LEARN HAWAIIAN AT HOME” BY KAHIKĀHEALANI WIGHT

If you want to start learning one of the Pacific languages, finding a textbook – not to mention a good textbook – is the hardest thing to do. When there are virtually no resources available, you have to get by with what you have managed to find. Fortunately, if you are thinking of learning Hawaiian, there are a few books that may help you. “Learn Hawaiian At Home” is one of them. … More “LEARN HAWAIIAN AT HOME” BY KAHIKĀHEALANI WIGHT

EVEN IF YOU HEAR ONE OF THESE, DO YOUR THING ANYWAY

When you decide to learn an unpopular foreign language, you often hear various “pearls of wisdom” from you relatives, friends, colleagues. Rarely do they smile at you, give you a thumbs-up, pat you on the shoulder, and say: “Wow, that’s so cool!”. Their words are more discouraging than encouraging, and suddenly you get the feeling that what you are doing is … pointless. … More EVEN IF YOU HEAR ONE OF THESE, DO YOUR THING ANYWAY

HAWAIIAN 2.0: A WHOLE DIFFERENT LEARNING EXPERIENCE

If you’ve been reading my blog you know that I am an old-school learner. I need a notebook, a pen, a few highlighters (the more colourful the notes, the better!), and of course a good textbook. So when I decided to start learning Hawaiian with Duolingo, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Now, after more than ten weeks, I know exactly what it means to learn a language with an app. … More HAWAIIAN 2.0: A WHOLE DIFFERENT LEARNING EXPERIENCE

INDIGENOUS, VERNACULAR, OFFICIAL, NATIONAL

When we talk about language, we often use different words to describe it. We say “indigenous language”, “vernacular language”, “official language”, “national language”, “first language”, “mother language”… That’s a lot of languages, don’t you agree? We are all familiar with these names, but do we know what they really mean? Are they one and the same thing? … More INDIGENOUS, VERNACULAR, OFFICIAL, NATIONAL