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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]

Some phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about this language, you can help by plunging forward and translating a phrase.


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

  • 'Aita---------No
  • 'E------------Yes
  • Fare---------House
  • Mā'a---------Food
  • Maeva--------Welcome
  • Maita'i------Good
  • Māuruuru-----Thank you
  • Pape---------Water
  • Tāma'a-------Let's eat
  • Tiare--------flower, emblem of Tahiti and her Islands

Basics[edit]

Hello. 
'Ia ora na
How are you? 
Maita'i 'oe? (Informal, literally, " you good?") E aha tō 'oe huru? (literally: "what is your state of being?")
Fine, thank you
Maita'i vau (Māuruuru)
What is your name? 
'O vai tō 'oe io'a?
My name is ______ . 
'O____ tō'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. 
Māuruuru (lit. "satisfied")
You're welcome. 
No real word "'Aita pe'ape'a" commonly used.
No problem. 
Aita pe'a'pe'a.
Yes. 
'ē, '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 
Nānā (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 'oe?"
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
Ta'oto maita'i
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 iti? (lit. "where is the small building")
me
vau, au, ia'u
you
'oe (one), ōrua (two), 'outou (three or more)

Problems[edit]

Numbers[edit]

1 - hō‘ē, 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 hō‘ē

20 - piti 'ahuru

50 - pae 'ahuru

100 - hō‘ē hānere

200 - piti hānere

500 - pae hānere

1000 - hō‘ē tauatini

2000 - piti tauatini

5000 - pae tauatini

10000 - ‘ahuru tauatini

100000 - hō‘ē hanere tauatini

1,000,000 - hō‘ē miriona

Time[edit]

Clock time[edit]

Duration[edit]

Days[edit]

Mon. Monirē

Tues. Mahana Piti

Wed. Mahana Toru

Thur. Mahana maha

Fri. Mahana pae

Sat. Mahana mā'a

Sun. Tāpati

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 Tāma'ara'a

Bars[edit]

Fare inura'a

Shopping[edit]

Driving[edit]

Authority[edit]

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