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Tahitian phrasebook

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Tahitian is the main language of [French Polynesia].

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

a e i o u

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

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Here are a few Tahitian useful words you could pick up from a conversation:

  • Aita---------No
  • E------------Yes
  • Fare---------House
  • Ma'a---------Food
  • Maeva--------Welcome
  • Maita'i------How are you?
  • Mauruuru-----Thank you
  • Pape---------Water
  • Tama'a-------Let's eat
  • Tiare--------flower, emblem of Tahiti and her Islands

Basics[edit]

Hello. 
ia orana
How are you? Maita'i oe? (Informal, literally, " you good") E aha to oe huru? (literally
"what is your state of being?")
Fine, thank you
Maita'i vau (Mauruuru)
What is your name? 
 ? (O vai to oe io'a?)
My name is ______ . 
O____ to'u i'oa. (lit. O____ my name) O signifies a proper noun like O Tahiti.
Nice to meet you. 
. ( )
Please. No real word "na" softens requests/commands
Thank you. (Mauruuru) lit. "satisfied".
You're welcome. No real word "aita pe'ape'a" commonly used.
No problem. 
Aita pe'a'pe'a.
Yes. 
. E, oia
No. 
. Aita
Excuse me. no real word "na" commonly used
I'm sorry. No real word, "ua hape vau" lit. "I made a mistake"
Goodbye 
Nana (women only!) Men say: a parahi (those leaving, lit. "sit") Haere ra (those staying, lit. "go")
Goodbye (informal
Until later. ("Araua'e )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
Aita vai parau _____ or Aita vai i ite reo _____
Do you speak English? (Ua ite oe i te parau Marite?) or "Parau Marite"
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
 ? ( ?)
Help! 
A tauturu ia'u! "A" signifies a command, "tauturu" is help, "ia'u" me.
Look out! 
Ha'apa'o maita'i
Good morning. 
. ( )
Good evening. 
. ( )
Good night. 
. ( )
Good night (to sleep
. ('taoto maitai' )
I don't understand. 
. (Aita i papu ia'u ) Usually shortened to ("Aita papu")
Where is the toilet? 
 ? ( E hia te fare iti?) Or, Tei hea te fare ite (lit. "where is the small building")
me
vau, ia'u
you
'oe (one), orua (two), 'outou (three or more)

Problems[edit]

Numbers[edit]

1 - ho‘e, tahi

2 - piti, rua

3 - toru

4 - maha

5 - pae, rima

6 - ono

7 - hitu

8 - va'u

9 - iva

10 - ho'e 'ahuru (usually 'ahuru)

11 - ho'e 'ahuru ma ho‘e

20 - piti 'ahuru

50 - pae 'ahuru

100 - ho‘e hanere

200 - piti hanere

500 - pae hanere

1000 - ho'e tauatini

2000 - piti tauatini

5000 - pae tauatini

10000 - ‘ahuru tauatini

100000 - ho'e hanere tauatini

1,000,000 - ho‘e miriona

Time[edit]

Clock time[edit]

Duration[edit]

Days[edit]

Mon.Monire,Tues.Mahana Piti,Wed.Mahana Toru,Thur.Mahana maha,Fri. Mahana pae, Sat.Mahana ma'a,Sun.Tapati

Months[edit]

Writing time and date[edit]

Colors[edit]

red: 'ura, ute'ute

green: matie

yellow: re'are'a

white: 'uo'uo

black: 'ere'ere

brown: rava

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

Directions[edit]

Taxi[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Hotel: hotera

Money[edit]

moni

Eating[edit]

Fare Tama'ara'a

Bars[edit]

Fare inura'a

Shopping[edit]

Driving[edit]

Authority[edit]

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