Tahitian is a Polynesian language spoken in Tahiti and other islands in French Polynesia (reo mā’oh), a French overseas territory. According to the 2007 census that are about 68,000 Tahitian speakers, most of whom live in the Society Islands (Îles de la Société). There are also some Tahitian speakers in the Tuamotu islands, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Vanuatu. Tahitian is closely related to Rarotongan and Hawai'ian.
Until the early 19th century Tahitian was a purely oral language. A Tahitian spelling system using the Latin alphabet was developed by John Davis, a Welsh historian and linguist, and proposed in 1805. Davis produduced the first printed book in Tahitian, an alphabet primer called Te Aebi no Tahiti, in 1810. Most of the written material published since has been of a religious or educational nature.
E fanauhia te tā'āto'ara'a o te ta'atātupu ma te ti'amā e te ti'amanara'a 'aifaito. Ua 'ī te mana'o pa'ari e i te manava e ma te 'a'au taea'e 'oia ta ratou ha'a i rotopū ia ratou iho, e ti'a ai;
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Information about the Tahitian language
Académie Tahitienne / Fare Vāa'a (Tahitian Academy)
Tahitian language courses
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