Useful Fijian phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Fijian, a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken mainly in Fiji.

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Guide to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal, sg = singular (to one person), dl = dual (to two people), pl = plural (to three or more people), mp = many people (to a large group of people)

English vaka-Viti (Fijian)
Welcome Bula
Hello (General greeting) Bula (inf)
Drau bula (dl)
Dou bula (pl)
Nibula (mp)
How are you? Vacava tiko?
Reply to 'How are you?' Sa bulabula vinaka tiko
Long time no see Sa dede da sega ni sota
What's your name? O cei na yacamu?
O cei na yacamuni?
My name is ... Na yacaqu o ...
Where are you from? O ni lako mai vei?
O kemuni mai vei?
I'm from ... O yau mai ...
Pleased to meet you Ia bula
Ia ni bula
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Ni sa yadra
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Ni sa Bula
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Ni sa Bula
Good night Moce
Ni sa moce
(Parting phrases)
Ni sa moce
Good luck! Vanuinui vinaka
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Vanuinui vinaka ki na siga ni kua
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Da kana!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Vanuinui vinaka e nomu volau
Yes Io
No Sega
Maybe De dua
I don't know Au sega ni kila
I understand Sā macala
Au kilā
I don't understand Au sa seqa ni kilā
E sega ni macala
Please speak more slowly Vosa mada vakamālua?
Please say that again Tukuna tale mada
Please write it down Kerekere, mo ni vola
Do you speak English? O(nī) vosa vakavālagi?
O(nī) kilā na vosa vakavālagi?
Do you speak Fijian? O(nī) kilā na vosa vakaviti?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Au kilā vakalailai na vosa vakaviti
How do you say ... in Fijian? Na cava na kena vosa vakaviti ni ...?
Pardon (what did you say?) Ō?
Excuse me Au lako mada yani (to get past)
How much is this? E vica na kena i-sau?
Sorry (Nī) vosota sara (general)
(Nī) vosoti au (general)
Tulou (when invading space)
Jilou (when invading space)
Please Yalo vinaka
Thank you Vinaka
Vinaka vaka levu
Where's the toilet / bathroom? E vei na vale-lailai?
This gentleman will pay for everything Na turaga oqo e na sauma taucoko
This lady will pay for everything Na marama oqo e na sauma taucoko
Would you like to dance with me? Ko via meke kei au?
I love you Au domoni iko
Au lomani iko
Au loloma ni iko
Get well soon Nuitaka ni ko na vabulabula totolo
Leave me alone! Biuti au tu madaga!
Help! Kere!
Kere veivuke!
Fire! Kama!
Stop! Taro-va!
Call the police! Qirita na ovisa!
Christmas greetings Me Nomuni na marau ni siga ni sucu
Marau na Kerisimasi
New Year greetings Na tawase ni yabaki vou
Easter greetings Vanuinui vinaka ni Siga ni Mate
Birthday greetings Vanuinui vinaka ki na nomu siga ni sucu
One language is never enough Dua ga nai vosa e sigi rauta
My hovercraft is full of eels Na noqu hovercraft e sinai tu vei na duna

Translations and corrections by Tanya Tabua, and also Neil Trivett

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

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