Useful phrases in Tuvaluan

A collection of useful phrases in Tuvaluan in the orthography recommended by the Tuvalu Language Board. You can see them in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: sg = singular, du = dual, pl = plural reference, * = not often used in Tuvaluan, - = no Tuvaluan equivalent.

English Te 'gana Tūvalu (Tuvaluan)
Welcome Ulufale mai!
Only used when speaker is indoors and addressee(s) entering
Hello
(General greeting)
Tālofa!
How are you? E ā koe? (sg) E ā koulua? (du) E ā koutou? (pl)
Reply to 'How are you?' Au e 'lei, fakafetai, kae e ā koe? (sg/sg)
Māua e 'lei, fakafetai, kae e ā koe? (du/sg)
Mātou e 'lei, fakafetai, kae e ā koe? (pl/sg)
Au e 'lei, fakafetai, kae e ā koulua? (sg/du)
Māua e 'lei, fakafetai, kae e ā koulua? (du/du)
Mātou e 'lei, fakafetai, kae e ā koulua? (pl/du)
Au e 'lei, fakafetai, kae e ā koutou? (sg/pl)
Māua e 'lei, fakafetai, kae e ā koutou? (du/pl)
Mātou e 'lei, fakafetai, kae e ā koutou? (pl/pl)
Long time no see * Kō leva loa seki toe fetaui.
What's your name? Ko oi tou igoa?
My name is ... Toku igoa ko ...
Where are you from? Ko oi tou fenua? / Koe se tino mai fea? (sg)
I'm from ... Toku fenua ko ... / Au se tino ...
Pleased to meet you * Au kō fiafia aka loa i a tāua kō fetaui. (du)
* Or: Kō oko loa toku fiafia me ko toe fetaui tāua. (du)
* Au kō fiafia aka loa i a tātou kō fetaui. (pl)
* Or: Kō oko loa toku fiafia me ko toe fetaui tātou. (pl)
As this is not a common phrase in Tuvaluan, other dual and plural variants have been omitted
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
-
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
-
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
-
Good night Manuia te pō!
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Tōfā!
Good luck Manuia!
Cheers!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Manuia!
Have a nice day Manuia te aso!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Kai mālosi! (sg) 'Kai mālosi! (du & pl)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Manuia te malaga!
Do you understand? Koe e malamalama? (sg)
Koulua e malamalama? (du)
Koutou e malamalama? (pl)
I don't know E sē iloa nē au
I understand Au e malamalama.
I don't understand Au e sē malamalama.
Please speak more slowly Fakamolemole, tai faipati mālielie aka. (sg)
Please say that again Fakamolemole, toe fakafoki aka au pati.
Please write it down Fakamolemole, tusi aka ki lalo. (sg)
Do you speak English? Koe e faipati faka-'Pālagi? (sg)
Koulua e fai'pati faka-'Pālagi? (du)
Koutou e fai'pati faka-'Pālagi? (pl)
Do you speak Tuvaluan? Koe e logo i te 'gana 'Tūvalu? (sg)
Koulua e logo i te 'gana 'Tūvalu? (du)
Koutou e logo i te 'gana 'Tūvalu? (pl)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Āō, mālie fua.
How do you say ... in Tuvaluan? E fai pēfea ... faka-'Tūvalu?
Excuse me Tulou!
How much is this? E fia te togi o te mea tēnei? (sg)
Sorry Fakamolemole, au kō 'sē!
Please Fakamolemole!
Thank you Fakafetai / Fāfetai (more colloquial)
Reply to thank you E 'lei.
Where's the toilet? Tēfea te fale fōliki?
This gentleman will pay for everything A mea katoa e 'togi nē te tagata tēnei.
This lady will pay for everything A mea katoa e 'togi nē te fafine tēnei.
Would you like to dance with me? E 'lei kē 'saka tāua? (du)
E 'lei kē 'saka tātou? (pl)
I love you Au e fia fai ki a koe. (sg, more romantic)
Au e alofa ki a koe. (sg, more platonic)
I miss you Kō misi nē au koe.
Get well soon Fakamoemoega ko koe kē nā 'lei!
Go away! Fano keā'tea! (sg) Olo keā'tea! (du & pl)
Leave me alone! Tuku aka au kē nofo tokotasi!
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Fesoasoani!
Fire! Te afi kō 'kā!
Stop! Tū! (sg)
Call the police! Kalaga ki pulisimani!
Christmas and New Year greetings Manuia te Kilisimasi mo te Tausaga Fou!
Easter greetings Manuia te Maliu!
Birthday greetings Manuia te aso fānau!
One language is never enough E sē tāitāi o lava i te 'gana e tasi.
E tasi te 'gana e sē tāitāi o lava.
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Taku hovercraft kō fonu i pusi.

Information provided by Emanuel Fuchs, Igo Teonea, Tausaga Motee and Kaimalie Ulufale.

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