Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Hawaii is one of a handful of minority-majority states in the U.S. where a rainbow of ethnicities and cultures form the majority of the population. This and the frequent sightings of rainbows on the archipelago earn Hawaii the nickname of the rainbow state. Tourists and international students alike easily feel at home with the islands’ friendly and relaxed vibes.

Against this background, Hawaii also makes its unique contributions to the already diverse linguistic origins of many English words commonly used in contemporary America. Aloha , mahalo, and ono are some words visitors to the state will hear spoken among locals. Can you guess what languages these everyday English words are evolved from? Do you know what they mean? [answers below]
  1. gungho
  2. glitch
  3. karaoke
  4. kindergarten
  5. guru  

Global Village Hawaii embodies the diversity of the state and the English language. Its faculty and staff come from many parts of the United States and the world. They are conversant in Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog, Spanish, French, and Serbian. They are, however, united in their passion for helping students communicate in English with ease and confidence. Come experience the learning, the aloha, the natural beauty, and the fun! 

  1.  gungho [Chinese] – (overly) enthusiastic and eager in a na├»ve way
  2. glitch [Yiddish] – a small technical problem
  3. karaoke [Japanese] – singing by following music and lyrics on screen
  4. kindergarten [German] – school for children before primary school
  5.  guru [Sanskrit] – expert teacher


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