Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mele Kalikimaka – Merry Christmas

Someone told me the key to saying Hawaiian words correctly is to pronounce each letter. Their alphabet contains 12 letters: 5 vowels (a, e, i, o, u) and 7 consonants (h, k, l, m, n, p, w).
Not as easy as you would think! For example Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) is meh-leh kah-lee-kee-mah-kah. My favorite is running into words with no consonants. For example, we lived by Aiea.
Want to guess how to say that one? I-ay-uh. I worked with a bunch of local girls who were very sweet to the dumb haole girl. They never failed to laugh historically when I mispronounced something. I was laughed at a lot!

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