Aloha. A simple word, familiar to most, but there’s a world of meaning packed into those five letters. A greeting, a goodbye, an expression of affection…
Aloha goes back to Hawaii’s very origins and appears in nearly every Polynesian language. In each it symbolizes love, compassion, sympathy, and kindness.
Anthropologist Frances Newton said, “Aloha is a complex and profound sentiment. Such emotions defy definition.” And Hawaiian speakers believe there is no English equivalent to truly capture every color and feeling embedded in the word.
Words are Power
You now know the power behind aloha — one word of many in the Hawaiian language. Multiply that power by the thousands and that’s what you get with Drops. Plus we’ve worked with local translators and native speakers to ensure you get a high-quality language learning experience.
Let us sweep you away to the islands as you swipe, tap, and play your way to palekaiko (“paradise”). With thousands of words literally in the palm of your hand, you’ll dive into the Hawaiian language.
The Hawaiian Language
ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, the Hawaiian language is spoken by around 2,000 native speakers and along with English, it is the official language of the state of Hawai’i. It’s classified as an endangered language by UNESCO, but Hawaiian immersion schools are doing their part to keep the language alive. And now, so is Drops.
What Does the Drops Hawaiian Language Course Include?
The opportunity to learn thousands of words in Hawaiian, drop by drop!
Our team curates practical, relevant word lists you just won’t find anywhere else. It’s one of the app’s features we’re most proud of.
You can start learning the language as either a beginner or an intermediate learner, and we’ll help sort the lists for you so that you get a customized and seamless Hawaiian learning experience.
Whether you’re interested in talking about your favorite sports or figuring out how to get around on your upcoming trip to Oahu, we’re there to support you along the way.
Hang “Five” with Us
In just five minutes a day, you can start learning the Hawaiian language and join us on an island adventure. Come hang “five” with Drops. Mahalo (“thanks”).
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This post originally appeared on the Drops blog on Medium.