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Useful phrases in Kiribati

A collection of useful phrases in Kiribati, a Micronesian language spoken on Kiribati and a number of other Pacific islands.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

Phrase taetae ni Kiribati (Kiribati)
Welcome Mauri
Hello (General greeting) Ko na mauri
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Ko uara?
Reply to 'How are you?' Ko rab'a, I marurung. Ao ngkoe, ko uara?
Long time no see
What's your name? Antai aram?
My name is ... Arau ...
Arau ngai ...
Where are you from? Kaain iia ngkoe?
I'm from ... Ngai boni kaain ...
Boni kaain ... ngai
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night
(Parting phrases)
Ti a boo
Ti a kaboo
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand
I don't understand I aki oota
Yes E eng
No Tiaki
I don't know I aki ataia
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Kiribati? Ko rabakau n taetae ni Kiribati?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
E eng, ti teutana
Speak to me in Kiribati
How do you say ... in Kiribati? Teraa n te taetae ni Kiribati te taeka ae ...?
Excuse me Taiaoka
How much is this?
Please Taiaoka
Thank you Ko rab'a
Ko bati n rab'a
Reply to thank you Te raoi
Where's the toilet?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I miss you
I love you
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings Te Mauri, Te Raoi ao Te Tabomoa nakoimi nte Kirimati ao te Ririki ae Bou
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
E onrake au kaibuke n te rabono

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