Useful phrases in Tahitian

A collection of useful phrases in Tahitian, a Polynesian language spoken mainly in French Polynesia.

To see these phrases in many other languages click on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), dl = dual (said to two people), pl = plural (said to more than two people).

English te reo tahiti (Tahitian)
Welcome Maeva / Mānava
Hello
(General greeting)
Ia ora na
How are you? Maita'i oe?
Reply to 'How are you?' Maita'i vau
Long time no see  
What's your name? O vai to oe i'oa?
My name is ... O ... to'u i'oa
Where are you from? Nohea mai oe?
I'm from ... No te ... mai vau / I ... vau e faeia a
Pleased to meet you  
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Ia ora na 'oe (sg)
Ia ora na 'orua (dl)
Ia ora na 'outou (pl)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
 
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Ia ora oe i teie po
Good night Taoto maitai
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Nana / Parahi / Araua'e
Good luck  
Cheers!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Manuia!
Have a nice day  
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Tamaa maitai
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
 
I understand  
I don't understand Aita i papu ia'u
I don't know  
Please speak more slowly Faa taere te parau
Please say that again Tapiti na pa'i
Please write it down  
Do you speak English? Ua ite oe i te parau Marite?
Do you speak Tahitian? E parau tahiti 'oe?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Ma'a va-hi iti noa
How do you say ... in Tahitian? Nā hea ia parau na roto i te reo tahiti ...?
Excuse me E'e / Auē ho'i e
How much is this? E hia moni teie?
Sorry  
Please  
Thank you Māuruuru
Māuruuru roa
Reply to thank you 'aita pe'ape'a
Where's the toilet?  
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything  
Would you like to dance with me? Haere tatou e arearea
I miss you  
I love you Ua here vau ia oe
Get well soon  
Go away!  
Leave me alone!  
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
 
Call the police!  
Christmas and New Year greetings Ia orana no te noere
Ia orana i te matahiti api
Easter greetings  
Birthday greetings Ia oaoa oe i to oe mahana fanaura'a
One language is never enough  
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
 

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Links

Other collections of Tahitian phrases
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g294338-s604/French-Polynesia:Important.Phrases.html
http://www.tahititravel.com/language.html
http://wikitravel.org/en/Tahitian_phrasebook
http://tahitihi.tripod.com/
http://tahitinow.com.au/tahiti-for-australians/youhavearrived/19/
http://www.lexilogos.com/tahitien_langue_dictionnaires.htm
http://www.polynesie-francaise.eu.com/langue-tahitienne.htm

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