Polynesian languages

I’ve always been obsessed with Polynesian languages myself, growing up, it was one of my four “forbidden languages” meaning that if I started studying, I couldn’t stop, even though some say the sound of Hawaiian is only because it’s second language learners using it, and hearing other Polynesian language is so fast that you don’t hear the beauty that you do when listening to slowed down Hawaiian.

The language family is fascinating because even though everything started in Taiwan probably more than six thousand years ago, the languages still retain a whole lot of similarities. The Swadesh lists are pretty much intact, the alienable possessive system, numbers, name-taboo situations, definite articles and even the mythology (Polynesian). In the video I made, I wanted to go through a few words to demonstrate how the sounds have altered the languages throughout the centuries and share some common, consistent grammar patterns that almost all Polynesian languages share. Although the inalienable system and the tense/mood/aspect verb system are both very difficult to completely understand, it’s so worth it so be able to speak one of these languages.

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