A collection of useful phrases in Tokelauan (Gagana Tokelau), a Polynesian language spoken mainly in Tokelau and New Zealand.
Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), dl = dual (said to two people), pl = plural (said to more than two people).
|Phrase||Gagana Tokelau (Tokelauan)|
|Welcome||Ulu tons mai|
|Hello (General greeting)||Tālofa (sg - greetings to you)
Tālofa nī (dl)
Mālō nī (dl)
Fakatālofa atu kia te koulua (pl)
Fakatālofa atu kia te koutou (pl)
|Hello (on phone)||Tālofa|
|How are you?||E ā mai koe? (sg)
E ā mai koulua? (dl)
E ā mai koutou? (pl)
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Mālohi, fakafetai. Kae ā koe?
E feolōlo, fakafetai. Kae ā koe?
Ko au e lelei. Kae ā koe?
Manuia lava, fakafetai. Kae ā koe?
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?||Ko ai tō igoa?|
|My name is ...||Ko ... toku igoa
Ko toku igoa ko ...
Ko au ko ...
|Where are you from?|
|I'm from ...|
|Pleased to meet you||E lelei kua feiloaki kitāua, ni|
|Manuia te taeao|
|Good night|| Tōfā nī (sg)
Tōfā koulua (pl)
Tōfā koe (sg)
Tōfā nī (sg)
Tōfā koulua (dl)
Tōfā koutou (pl)
Toe fetaui (see you later)
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day||Manuia te aho!|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I don't know||E hē kō iloa|
|I understand||Kua mālamalama|
|I don't understand||Ko au e hē mālamalama|
|Please speak more slowly|
|Please say that again||Fakamolemole, toe lea mai ake|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?|
|Do you speak Tokelauan?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Speak to me in Tokelauan|
|How do you say ... in Tokelauan?|
|Excuse me||Tūlou nī
Tūlou nī mua
|How much is this?|
Fakafetai lahi lele
|Reply to thank you||Hē āfāina|
|Where's the toilet / bathroom?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything|
|This lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?||Ōmamai tātou hihiva fakataki
(Come let us dance)
|Do you come here often?|
|I miss you|
|I love you|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|Christmas greetings||Manuia te Kilihimahi|
|New Year greetings||Manuia te Tauhaga Fou|
|Easter greetings||Manuia te eheta|
|Birthday greetings||Ke manuia tō aho fānau|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels|
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