A collection of useful phrases in Tahitian, a Polynesian language spoken mainly in French Polynesia.
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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), dl = dual (said to two people), pl = plural (said to more than two people).
|English||te reo tahiti (Tahitian)|
|Welcome||Maeva / Mānava|
|Hello (General greeting)||Ia ora na|
|How are you?||Maita'i oe?|
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Maita'i vau|
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?||O vai to oe i'oa?|
|My name is ...||O ... to'u i'oa|
|Where are you from?||Nohea mai oe?|
|I'm from ...||No te ... mai vau
I ... vau e faeia a
|Pleased to meet you|
|Ia ora na 'oe (sg)
Ia ora na 'orua (dl)
Ia ora na 'outou (pl)
|Ia ora oe i teie po|
|Good night||Taoto maitai|
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I don't understand||Aita i papu ia'u|
|I don't know|
|Please speak more slowly||Faa taere te parau|
|Please say that again||Tapiti na pa'i|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?||Ua ite oe i te parau Marite?|
|Do you speak Tahitian?||E parau tahiti 'oe?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Ma'a va-hi iti noa|
|How do you say ... in Tahitian?||Nā hea ia parau na roto i te reo tahiti ...?|
Auē ho'i e
|How much is this?||E hia moni teie?|
|Reply to thank you||'aita pe'ape'a|
|Where's the toilet?|
|This gentleman/lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?||Haere tatou e arearea|
|I miss you|
|I love you||Ua here vau ia oe|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|Christmas and New Year greetings||Ia orana no te noere
Ia orana i te matahiti api
|Birthday greetings||Ia oaoa oe i to oe mahana fanaura'a|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels
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