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Pidgin is a dialect of English spoken in the Hawaiian Islands It consists of the shortening of many words commonly used in everyday English speech Some examples include da the odda other Tre meaning tree and three bra anyone you know da kine anything you dont know cus any friend and many others Pidgin has its social barriers as well It is primarily spoken in the lower class neighborhoods consisting of the Hawaiians and the Filipinos The dialect has been associated with the members of these neighborhoods and their problems such as alcoholism illiteracy and a poor standard of living I come from a diverse family background my mother is Scottish English Italian French and much more My father is part Hawaiian and part Scottish Being such I have to choose which lifestyle is right for me There is a tug-a-war between the Hawaiian part of me and the Haole part of me The two cultures that I consider myself Scottish and Hawaiian are both proud interesting and contain their own prescriptions toward behavior The pidgin dialect is a major part of life in the lower class Hawaiian neighborhoods For most children in these neighborhoods it is the language spoken at home The other people of the islands look at this dialect as a sign of a poor education and up-bringing My mother did not want her son associated with such a group of individuals When I started school at Maunawili School and began to pick up Pidgin and start to speak it at home she took it upon herself to change me At this time she was teaching sixth grade at Keolu Elementary She saw how her kids could not speak proper English only Pidgin Many of them also wrote in Pidgin something I had begun to do My mother saw this behavior and forced me to change My parents put me in Punahou School one of the best private schools
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