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Pacific Knowledge: Pacific languages

This is only a few of the plethora of literature that comes from our 22,000 islands and 1200 languages that inform and inspire the legacy and lineage of relationality.

Proverb

Ko toku Tokiga e mau ai toku hikohikomaga.

My culture and language consolidate my learning environment.

Kia Orana; Ni sa bula; Fakaalofa lahi atu; Gude; Talofa lava; Fakafeiloaki; Malo e lelei; Fakatalofa atu; Halo 

Introduction to the Reo

Pacific greetings, farewells and phrases

Cook Islands

Cook Islands phrase English translation
Kia Orana Greetings
Ine Please
Meitaki Maata Thank you
Kia Manuia Farewell (To go well or be well)

 

Fiji

Fijian phrase English translation
Ni sa bula Greetings
Yalo vinaka Please
Vinaka Thank you
Au lako mada yani Excuse me (To get past someone)
Ni sa moce Goodbye

 

Niue

Niuean phrase English translation
Fakaalofa lahi atu Greetings
Fakamolemole Please
Fakaaue/Oue tulou Thank you
Fano a koe Farewell (said to the person leaving)
Nofo a koe Farewell (said to the person staying)
Koe kia Goodbye

 

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinean phrase English translation
Gude/Hai Greetings/Hello
Plis Please
Tangkiu Thank you
Gutbai/Lukim yu bihain Goodbye

 

Samoa

Samoan phrase English translation
Talofa lava Greetings
Fa’amolemole Please
Fa’afetai lava Thank you
Tulou Excuse me (to get past someone)
Tofā soifua Farewell

Pacific Language Weeks 2022

(Ministry of Pacific Peoples, n.d.)

Isa Lei (Fijian farewell song) - Junior Soqeta

(TheCoconetTV, 2021b)

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Introduction to the Reo

More Pacific greetings, farewells and phrases

Tokelau

Tokelauan phrase English translation
Fakafeiloaki Greetings
Tālofa Ni/ Mālo Ni Hello
Fakamolemole Please
Fakafetai lahi lele Thank You
Ke manuia te aho Have a nice day
Tofa Ni Farewell

 

Tonga

Tongan phrase English translation
Malo e lelei Greetings
Fakamolemole Please
Malo ‘Aupito Thank you
Tulou Excuse me
‘Alu a Farewell (said to the person leaving)
Nofo a Farewell (said to the person staying)

 

Tuvalu

Tuvaluan phrase English translation
Fakatalofa atu Greetings
Fakamolemole Please
Fakafetai lasi Thank you
Tofa Ia Farewell

 

Vanuatu

Vanuatuan phrase English translation
Halo Greetings/Hello
Nem blong mi… My name is…
Plis Please
Tangkyu Thank you
Lukim Yu See you later
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