Tuesday, December 14, 2004

You one sinnin' buggah, eh? No worry beef curry! I got Da Jesus Book.

Da Jesus Book is the product of a 12-year effort to translate the Bible into Hawaiian Pidgin.

What is Pidgin? Pidgin is a language born of the mix of tongues brought to Hawaii in the late 1800s by immigrant sugar-cane laborers from China, Japan, Portugal, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and other countries. Their need for a common language produced what the translators of this book call "Hawai'i Creole English," popularly known as Pidgin.

There are a lot of Pidgin dictionaries out there, but the one at e-hawaii.com is one of the best. If you are more of an audio learner, Full On Pidgin has some handy wav files to let you listen to the real deal. Check 'um out, brah!

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