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Useful phrases in Tahitian

A collection of useful phrases in Tahitian. You can see them in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

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
(General greeting)
Ia ora na
How are you?
Fine thanks, and you?
Maita'i oe?
Maita'i vau
Long time no see  
What's your name?
My name is ...
O vai to oe i'oa?
O ... to'u i'oa
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Nohea mai oe?
No te ... mai vau / I ... vau e faeia a
Pleased to meet you  
Morning greeting(s) Ia ora na 'oe (sg)
Ia ora na 'orua (dl)
Ia ora na 'outou (pl)
Afternoon greeting(s)  
Evening greeting(s) Ia ora oe i teie po
Nighttime parting phrase(s) Taoto maitai
Parting phrase(s) Nana / Parahi / Araua'e
Good luck  
Toasts used when drinking Manuia!
Have a nice day  
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Tamaa maitai
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand  
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?
Yes, a little
E parau tahiti 'oe?
Ma'a va-hi iti noa
How do you say ... in Tahitian? Nā hea ia parau na roto i te reo tahiti ...?
Excuse me E'e / Auē ho'i e
How much is this? E hia moni teie?
Thank you

Māuruuru roa
'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  
Go away!  
Leave me alone!  
Call the police!  
Christmas and New Year greetings Ia orana no te noere
Ia orana i te matahiti api
Easter greetings  
Birthday greetings Ia oaoa oe i to oe mahana fanaura'a
One language is never enough  
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?

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