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Learn Hawaiian at Home [With 2 CD's] [Hardcover]

Kahikahealani Wight
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  • Hardcover: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Bess Press; Har/Com edition (30 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573062456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573062459
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 16.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 581,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Method to Learn Hawai'ian at Home... 5 Nov 2013
Years ago I have started to learn a bit more of the Hawai'ian language that a Hawaiian a Language Map (R) (Language Maps) or Schutz: All about Hawaiian (Kolowalu Books) or the Illustrated Hawaiian Dictionary could give me. I bought Instant Immersion Hawaiian Express.
And all those tools were helping me a lot!

Now that we are seriously thinking about moving to those oh so wonderful islands in the Pacific, I wanted to dedicate myself more seriously in learning the Hawai'ian language. OK - I know, there is a) only so much a malihini (newcomer)can learn and b) there are very few kama'aina (natives) who speak the real Hawai'ian. Yet there are courses at the Kamehameha School or the University of Hawai'i in Honolulu/O'ahu to teach the youngsters to speak the language of the Aloha state.
Buying this "Introduction to Hawai'ian Language" is a great possibility to enlarge the aural/oral approach by using the 2 Audio-CD's, too.

The course with the book of 168 pages, plus vocabulary, useful phrases, homework, self-tests, dialogs, answer key and glossaries is completed by the 2 CD's with guided practice in pronunciation and offers stories and songs, too.
So it is possible for everyone for a reasonable price to dive into this oh so nice language.
The Hawai'ian people will be very thankful for You efforts and look at You with entirely different eyes!
Try it to believe it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 10 Feb 2009
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If you seriously want to learn to speak, read and write the beautiful Hawai`ian language and are not lucky enough to live in Paradise (Hawai`i).
Then this is the best way to do so. It is the best book with audio cd's on the mass market to buy.
"Learn Hawai`ian at home" by Kahikahealani Wight is a Hardback book with 2 audio cd's.
You are taught Hawai`ian the way Hawai`ians are taught.
Starting with noun and vowel sounds.
Also buy "New pocket Hawai`ian dictionary" book by Mary Kawena and Samuel.H. Elbert.
And later "Place names of Hawai`i" by the same authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hawaiian at Home 29 Aug 2013
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I was looking for a basic course to me the details of Hawaiian language and grammar. This book does it all. I can dip in and out and always find each section to be clearly written with good grammatical explanations. I am learning basic Hawaiian for fun but, were I a serious student I feel that this book would meet all my needs as a total beginner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For non-Hawaiian-born beginners, this is it! 7 Oct 2004
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I found 4 great tools for learning Hawaiian, at Amazon. Your success in learning will depend on using them in the right order. They're all great.

Beginner level

1. "Learn Hawaiian at Home", by Kahikahealani Wight

If you're new to the language, this book will walk you patiently through all the basics. Slow? Yes, but it was just what I needed. There are two cassette tapes included, with all the vocabulary, dialogs, reading material and even songs! I found the package reasonably priced.

Beginner to intermediate

2. "Ka Lei Ha'aheao--Beginning Hawaiian", by Alberta Pualani Hopkins

For continuing what you learned in "Learn Hawaiian at Home", this is an excellent book. It will take you all the way through all the Hawaiian grammar, and there are lots and lots of dialogs, giving variations on what you learn.

The downside? Cassette tapes are available, and I know my progress would be much faster if I had the big bucks to buy them. I don't.

Intermediate to advanced

3. Instant Immersion CD

Good points: Very natural-sounding Hawaiian, and lots of it

Downside: If you're a beginner, this will knock the wind out of your sails. The lessons have reading passages, some with very difficult grammar.

No printed matter comes with the CDs. You have to download it from the internet.

Some vocabulary from the lessons are NOT explained. You'll need a big Pukui-Elbert Hawaiian Dictionary to find out the meanings. Not exactly user-friendly!

Still, if you love hearing the lilt of Hawaiian spoken as much as I do, you may opt to get this.

Intermediate to advanced

4. "Let's Speak Hawaiian" by Dorothy M. Kahananui & Alberta P. Anthony

Too difficult for beginners, as it was for me! Explanations are minimal. An exorbitantly-priced tape set is available, but I couldn't afford it.

I was always frustrated with myself for not being able to understand this book. However, after doing a fair amount of learning through the first two books given above, I found that "Let's Speak Hawaiian" is a wonderful extension to what I know. Get this one last!
47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maika'i keia puke! (This book is good!) 16 July 2006
By Alexandra - Published on
I absolutely love using this book as well as the two CD's. This has allowed me to learn yet another foreign language, something I love doing as a hobby. I am additionally studying German because my grandmother speaks it and Spanish because so many people in the US speak it.

Ignore the reviewer who said to buy the set for the CD's and burn the book. There is lots of important information on grammar and other general language rules that the CD's do not cover.

Kahikahealani Wight did a wonderful job creating this work. I believe 'olelo Hawai'i is one of the most beautiful languages on earth. The conversational material will be great for me to use in my future if I ever go back to Hawai`i Nei. Before I got the book, I had used what I had already known with lots of kama'aina and they seemed to be impressed. I also love learning the mele in this book because I love to sing.

Now I think I should ask my makua (parents) if we can take another trip to Hawai`i so I can speak with some more natives! I recommend this book for those of you who want to learn Hawaiian very badly or just want to study lots of languages in general.

A hui hou for now...

Alex or Alika
38 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great language learning set! 25 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on
this is just the best book ever to learn about how to speak hawai'ian! if you just follow the tape and ignore the grammar part you will do well. the songs, and the pictures are wonderful. it's worth it!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL 17 Jan 2010
By walelia - Published on
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Some people have complained about the simplicity of the book, but I love it, it allows you to learn at your own pace, its fairly easy to adjust the lessons to your needs and with me wanting my children to learn hawaiian as well, so we keep a piece of our families heritage, it will work wonderfully. The CDs arrived in perfect condition and work wonderful, and they match up with the book very well, you just have to remember to pause your CD when you hit the work parts of the book. And thank you to the reviewer who suggested the four different lesson books and CDs that was very helpful, I had the instant immersion hawaiian already but its diffuclt to use if you dont know how to write out the words they are telling you to, especially since they dont give you a grammar lesson and spellings, it is def. for more advanced.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants not only to speak hawaiian but read and write it as well, it is wonderful especially for the price. And follow the review that tells you the 4 different ones to do in that order it will help so much!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginnings for a great language! 17 July 2012
By Chai Mashtots - Published on
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I have a heart for moribund languages, especially those that were marginalized by English. The Hawaiian language is simple from an objective standing point, but for a native English speaker, it is quite different from English and so starting from the basics is a fantastic method. I highly recommend this book to the beginner, and even though it may be considered too basic, it's still a new language, so this book is the best. I also bought a dictionary (by Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel H. Elbert) which helps on some of the exercises. Well done!
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