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:
How are you Ea mai koe?
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)