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Tuvaluan Language Week

Sunday 29/09/2019

Vaiaso ote ‘gana Tuvalu

Fākatalofa atu!  Tuvaluan Language Week is celebrated from Sunday 29 September – Saturday 5 October 2019.

Tuvaluan is spoken on the island of Tuvalu. There are two groups of Tuvaluan dialects, based on dialects spoken in the northern and southern islands. Tuvaluan people make up the seventh largest Pacific ethnic group in New Zealand. The Tuvaluan language is closely related to the language of Samoan and distantly related to most of the other Polynesian languages. The name “Tuvalu” literally means “eight islands standing together”. Here are some greetings for anyone keen to practise:


Greetings/welcome:      Talofa

Goodbye                         Tofa

How are you                   Ea mai koe?

Please                             Fakamolemole

What's your name?        Ko oi tou igoa?

My name is ...                  Toku igoa ko ...

Good luck!                       Manuia!

Have a nice day               Manuia te aso!

Excuse me                       Tulou!

Sorry                               Fakamolemole, au kō 'sē!

Thank you                       Fakafetai / Fāfetai (more colloquial)

Reply to thank you          E 'lei.


And click here to see what’s happening this week to celebrate the language and culture of Tuvalu!


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