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mainland • pidgin • real talk
plate • court
  1. I am happy on the , but I would prefer to be living in Hawaii.
  2. It's not that he's unfriendly, he just talks .
  3. Every time he has lunch the only thing he chooses to eat is meat.
  4. You have to concentrate really hard to understand his English.
  5. We can go to the food to eat and then we can eat at different restaurants.
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444 Hawaiian Life
Mitchell talks about his home area.

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Would you say that most Hawaiians are similar to people in the mainland?

People from Hawaii use the term 'mainland' to talk about the large part of the United States that is connected to Canada and Mexico. Notice the following:

  1. Where would you like to live on the mainland?
  2. He went to his first semester of university on the mainland.

pidgin English

The Hawaiians speak in what we call "pidgin English" or broken English.

'Pidgin English' is a simplified form of the English language which doesn't necessarily used correct grammar. A pidgin language is created when speakers of two different languages try to find a way to communicate with each other. Notice the following:

  1. The whole book was written in pidgin English.
  2. We speak the same language, but sometimes I don't understand because he speaks a pidgin English.

talk real talk

Hawaiian people don't talk as much; they talk when you have to talk real talk.

'Talk real talk' refers to a type of communication where people only talk when they have something important to say, not just to fill the silence. Everything you say should have a purpose. Notice the following:

  1. He doesn't say much unless he's talking real talk.
  2. She can talk for hours, but she almost never talks real talk.

plate lunch

Since Hawaii has mixed culture, we call it local food, like it's called a plate lunch.

A 'plate lunch' is where you pay a set amount of money and you can choose exactly whatever you want to fill up your plate. Notice the following:

  1. Plate lunch is the best way to try many different types of local food.
  2. Whenever I get plate lunch I always eat too much.

food court

If you go to a food court in Hawaii, we have every section: Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Hawaiian.

A 'food court' is a place in the mall where they serve food. There are many different restaurants, usually fast food, in a food court and a big room full of tables to sit at.. Notice the following:

  1. I'm hungry. Let's go to the food court.
  2. Wow. The mall is really busy today. There is no place to sit in the food court.