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Spoken Hawaiian Paperback – August 1, 1970

ISBN-13: 978-0870222160 ISBN-10: 0870222163

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (August 1, 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870222163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870222160
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Buckley on May 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
Full disclosure: I have an MA in Linguistics from the Univ. of Hawaii. I did not learn Hawaiian from this book, but I have used it since to teach classes on the mainland. It is not the newest Hawaiian grammar, nor one of the ones the Hawaiian people are now using in immersion schools for their kids, but it is the best for mainlanders in my opinion because:
(1) It is laid out in an easy-to-use fashion;
(2) It doesn't start with "what is your name," telling time and the weather.
Honestly, do you go around talking about names, the time and the weather in English? You would sound like Forrest Gump. This is my biggest beef with language texts, and I have no clue how adults can be motivated to learn from such books.
Spoken Hawaiian starts out with a simple, unbelabored intro to pronunciation--which can be pretty scary for a mainland English-only speaker--and goes immediately to a short list of Hawaiian words used in English on the Islands. Even mainlanders may know some of these (like "aloha" and "kahuna") and be comforted.
Then the book gets right into simple sentences and dialogues that at least attempt to have a non-insulting, plausible context to them. (Life is not like a box of chocolates in this grammar book.)
Spoken Hawaiian was written by a pro linguist who also taught the language, and the benefit of this is that grammar is spoon-fed, little by little, in the guise of sentence "patterns" that are then practiced in exercises that expand knowledge gradually. Hawaiian grammar is really different from English, and for presenting it to learners, this is the least confusing book I've seen.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 1997
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Combining fascinating information on Hawai'ian culture together with comprehensive grammatical explanations, Spoken Hawaiian goes above and beyond most other foreign language texts, allowing the reader to slowly become fully immersed. For anyone learning Hawai'ian from the very start, or interested in Hawai'ian culture, this book is a must
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edmund W. Peaslee Jr. on January 30, 2010
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this is an excellent book for learning the essentials of the Hawaiian language. Recommended as a first book.
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By Kim D. Vo on July 12, 2014
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I bought this book because of the review by the linguist. I am thinking this might be a good text book for a class. But without a teacher it is not helpful.
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