aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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Posted by dav at 2008 May 15 07:52 AM
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This weeks project is a portion of a larger project. I mentioned before the site Scooping Argentina and the short videos they make explaining Buenos Aires slang to English speakers. For example: Berreta:

My project this week is my first script for doing something similar. You can imagine what next weeks project is going to be. Please leave suggestions for other Northern California slang that should be covered! I've registered the domain Slangsh0t.com and will build a site that can host a series of these in various languages. More on that later as well.

(japanese)

Hello. This is _______________ of Slangsh0t.

Californians have their own slang dialect that is not used elsewhere in the United States. Scooping Californa is here to equate you with the words of the natives.

Today we are going to learn about the word, hella.

Hel la

Hella means 'very', or 'extremely'. It is an intensifier word, primarily used to modify an adjective.

For example:

(english)

That dog is hella filthy, I think it rolled in mud.

(japanese)

or That dog is hella filthy, I think it rolled in mud.

Exaggerated pronunciation can be used to intensify the intensifier:

(english)

That dog is HELLa filthy. I think it rolled in its own feces.

(japanese)

That dog is HELLa filthy. I think it rolled in its own feces

Hella has a diminished version: hecka. This version is primarily used by children who would get in trouble for saying hella.

(english)

That dog is hecka dirty, mom. I think she rolled in the dirt.

(japanese)

That dog is hecka dirty, mom. I think she rolled in the dirt.

I'm ___________. Thank you for watching Slangsh0t Japanese.

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