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Tahitian phrasebook

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Tahitian is the main language of French Polynesia.

Pronunciation guide

Vowels

Consonants

Common diphthongs

Phrase list

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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

Hello. 
ia ora nora
Hello. (informal
. ( )
How are you? 
 ? (Maita'i oe?)
Fine, thank you. 
. (Maruuru)
What is your name? 
 ? (O vai to oe io'a?)
My name is ______ . 
______ . ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
. ( )
Please. 
. ( )
Thank you. 
. ( )
You're welcome. 
. (Aita pe'a'pe'a)
Yes. 
. (E, oia )
No. 
. (Aita )
Excuse me. (getting attention
. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
. ( )
I'm sorry. 
. ( )
Goodbye 
Nana
Goodbye (informal
. ( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ ]. ( [ ])
Do you speak English? 
 ? (Ua ite oe i te parau Marite?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
 ? ( ?)
Help! 
 ! ( !)
Look out! 
 ! ( !)
Good morning. 
. ( )
Good evening. 
. ( )
Good night. 
. ( )
Good night (to sleep
. ( )
I don't understand. 
. (Aita i papu ia'u )
Where is the toilet? 
 ? ( ?)

Problems

Numbers

1 - dahi

2 - piti

3 - toru

4 - maha

5 - pae

6 - ono

7 - hitu

8 - va'u,

9 - iv'a,

10 - ho'e'ahuru

11 - ho'e'ahuru'ngak'dahi

20 - piti'ra'ho'e'ahuru

50 - pae'ra'ho'e'ahuru

100 - ho'inaa

200 - piti'ra'ho'inaa

500 - pae'ra'ho'inaa

1000 - ho'ahura'inaa

2000 - piti'ra'ho'ahura'inaa

5000 - pae'ra'ho'ahura'inaa

10000 - ho'ahura'huru'ho'inaa

100000 - ho'inu'ho'inaa

1,000,000 - dahi'ya'ho'uwuiha

Time

Clock time

Duration

Days

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

Months

Writing time and date

Colors

Transportation

Bus and train

Directions

Taxi

Lodging

Money

Eating

Bars

Fare inura'a

Shopping

Driving

Authority

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Variants

Actions

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