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Bruce_B
03-15-2008, 01:38 PM
What would be the most useful language other than English to know in Hawaii?

UKESTAR
03-15-2008, 01:44 PM
What would be the most useful language other than English to know in Hawaii?

Pidgen:eek:

david98116
03-15-2008, 01:46 PM
Pidgen!! hahaha Running a close second...Japanese.

Bruce_B
03-15-2008, 01:51 PM
I'm not sure what pidgen is exactly, I think I have an idea though ;)

I have studied Japanese some. I'm more familiar with Spanish though. Are there many Spanish speakers there?

UKESTAR
03-15-2008, 01:54 PM
I'm not sure what pidgen is exactly, I think I have an idea though ;)

I have studied Japanese some. I'm more familiar with Spanish though. Are there many Spanish speakers there?

Actaually Tagalog and Japanese tie for second in the "foreign" language category. Pidgen is English with a Hawaiian twist. I am def. not an expert in Pidgen, but you hear things like this....

Howzit = How is it going

Ainokea brah = I don't care man

etc etc...

rayan
03-15-2008, 02:16 PM
Depends what you're trying to do. If you want to get a job in the tourism industry, it's still Japanese. Other prominent languages are Tagalog, Ilokano, Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese), Korean. Theres immigrants from all over the world here.

Bruce_B
03-15-2008, 02:33 PM
I'm not sure what I want to do exactly. I'd like to move to Hawaii one day and I like studying languages, so I thought I'd concentrate on what would be the most useful there. Japanese is probably a good way to go for me since it would be useful there and I already have some study materials for it. I've never tried Tagalog though. I may have to look in to that one.

experimentjon
03-15-2008, 04:03 PM
Without a doubt, it's Japanese, since tourism is one of our biggest three industries, and most of the tourists hail from the land of the rising sun. There are a lot of Cantonese speakers too. I don't think that Tagalog would actually be that useful, since most of those people can also speak some degree of english. Most of the Japanese tourists dont speak much at all, and the older Chinese population don't speak much english either.

Guting
03-15-2008, 04:09 PM
yup nihongo is key in Waikiki,

I got a friend whos japanese (can speak), raised in south korea(can speak), and lives in hawaii (can talk local).

She cashing in big time.

ChiyoDad
03-16-2008, 05:23 AM
Japanese. It's the language of commerce. :D

Besides, the Yen is starting to gain on the US dollar. :mad: