Amy is always gushing about how certain words in Spanish just sound really great – never mind the meaning – it’s the sound that counts.
She loves words like "maldita" and "vacilon."
The same thing happens to me with Hawaiian words and names. It’s a lovely melodious language and it’s fun to try to say things in Hawaiian.
Hawaiian Language Lesson #1 – There are 18 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet.
Hawaiian Language Lesson # 2 – The 5 vowels are always pronounced AH, EH, EE, OH, OO. (Hey! Just like Spanish, but that’s not important right now…)
The words are pronounced just as they are written. For example:
Honolulu is pronounced "hoh noh loo loo."
And there are fun-to-say Hawaiian expressions like:
"Pa`a ka waha" -which means "shut the mouth."
So we’re on the North Shore of Oahu today and there is a swell and there are no lifeguards on the deserted beach. Of course, Eric decides to go swimming. . .
Me: "Get out now! I won’t save you!" (not that I could if I wanted to, but that’s not important right now. =D)
Eric: "Pa`a ka waha!"
Me: "Po’ poco te mato!"*
*okay, so actually that’s Spanish and it means "I could almost KILL you!"
But it sounds Hawaiian, and that’s what’s important right now. 😉
Marta and The Kahuna in Waikiki. =D