‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i

The kind of comment that can make your day.

Or year. ‘Analu is a student in our online Hawaiian language class, and I can relate to his feelings. Since returning from Ireland some 3 and a half years ago, I’ve tried to make some progress with learning Gaeilge, only to give it up after a few weeks, and then starting from scratch again months later. Here’s the best part:

“I do have a cassette for studying the language, but your podcast was the first time ever that I was able to hear Hawaiian as a true living language!”

I know exactly how ‘Analu feels, as An tImeall and Cumann Carad na Gaeilge have filled that void for me. David Webb started a Yahoo group for people who are working through the “Learning Irish” text together. I no longer feel like I’m alone with my textbooks and tapes in the middle of nowhere struggling with the language and not knowing how or where I’ll ever be able to use it. It feels good.

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