Pronunciation Practice Text With Audio
This free reading practice is available to both members and non-members of ʻŌlelo Online.
“Pōʻino i ka Lio” (Hurt by a Horse) comes from the old Hawaiian Nūpepa Kūʻokoʻa newspaper, dated 18 November 1865
This is the first article of a set here on ʻŌlelo Online from the old Hawaiian language newspapers.
The story is about a young man who was working for the sugar cane company in 1865. He was riding home one day from work on his new horse when all of a sudden he ended up entangled in the stirrups and ropes and found himself hanging beneath the horse’s belly with the horse bucking around above him! His friends managed, in the end, to free him, but not before he was hurt quite badly. The moral of the story is given at the end by the letter-writer: be especially careful when you are riding a new horse, and never wrap the ropes around your thighs.
How To Use This Lesson
This resource is primarily targeted at the beginner level student who wants to practice pronunciation. There are several great ways to use the lesson:
- listen to the entire audio a few times and then try to replicate what you heard on your own
- see if you can read along at the same time and with the same pacing as the reader
- listen to the audio while trying to “shadow” the reader by simultaneously repeating what he says immediately after you hear it without stopping
- find a friend who is also learning Hawaiian to work with and use the PDF printout to read to your partner (who does not have the paper) and have your partner shadow you
- record yourself reading the passage and listen back to it
In all cases above, you should listen to your own voice and continually analyze the quality of both your phrasing and your pronunciation. You must become good at doing this all the time when learning a new language, and even when you think you are completely fluent! Now is a good time to start building that skill. When you listen to your own recording, put aside what you think is your “funny sounding voice” (because that’s how we all hear you anyway!) and focus on the quality of your spoken language.
The resources for this lesson include marked-up PDFs and audio readings for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.
Reading Practice PDFs
Read-Along Audio Files
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