A collection of useful phrases in Kiribati, a Micronesian language spoken on Kiribati and a number of other Pacific islands.
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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).
|Phrase||taetae ni Kiribati (Kiribati)|
|Hello (General greeting)||Ko na mauri
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Ko uara?|
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Ko rab'a, I marurung. Ao ngkoe, ko uara?|
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?||Antai aram?|
|My name is ...||Arau ...
Arau ngai ...
|Where are you from?||Kaain iia ngkoe?|
|I'm from ...||Ngai boni kaain ...
Boni kaain ... ngai
|Pleased to meet you|
|Ti a boo
Ti a kaboo
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I don't understand||I aki oota|
|I don't know||I aki ataia|
|Please speak more slowly|
|Please say that again|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?|
|Do you speak Kiribati?||Ko rabakau n taetae ni Kiribati?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|E eng, ti teutana|
|Speak to me in Kiribati|
|How do you say ... in Kiribati?||Teraa n te taetae ni Kiribati te taeka ae ...?|
|How much is this?|
|Thank you||Ko rab'a
Ko bati n rab'a
|Reply to thank you||Te raoi|
|Where's the toilet?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything|
|This lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?|
|I miss you|
|I love you|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|Christmas and New Year greetings|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
|E onrake au kaibuke n te rabono|
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