Kuapo ʻŌlelo
Hawaiian Hawaii & English

DIPHTHONGS: Word Drill

Read these pairs of words as they are pronounced. Some people cannot tell them apart. Can you? Why do some people have trouble pronouncing these words?

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wae choose the good ones wai fresh water
hao ironhau a type of tree
moe to lie down moi a type of fish
night pou a post
he grave hei string figure on fingers
poi Hawaiian food koe remaining, left over
lae point of land lai type of fish
wao wilderness wau I (pronoun)
hoi type of vine hoe to paddle
hou new garden hoe
nei here (Hawai‘i nei) murmur
‘oi best ‘oe you (singular)