A collection of useful phrases in Tahitian, a Polynesian language spoken mainly in French Polynesia.
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)|
|Hello (General greeting)||'Ia ora na|
|How are you?||Maita'i oe?
E aha tō 'oe huru?
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Maita'i (Good)
Maita'i vau, māuruuru (Fine thanks)
Maita'i roa (Very good)
Maita'i ri'i (Not bad)
|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
'Ia ora na 'oe (sg)
'Ia ora na 'orua (dl)
'Ia ora na 'outou (pl)
|'Ia ora oe i teie po|
|Good night||Taoto maita'i|
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|'Ia maita'i te terera'a|
|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 / bathroom?|
|This gentleman/lady will pay for everything|
|This 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 greetings||'Ia 'oa'oa i te Noera 'e 'ia maita'i i te mau 'ōro'a matahiti 'āpī|
|Easter greetings||'Ia 'oa'oa i te 'ōro'a Pātate|
|Birthday greetings||'Ia 'oa'oa i to 'oe mahana fānaura'a|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels|
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