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Useful Tongan phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Tongan, an Austronesian language spoken mainly in Tonga.

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

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = said to one person, dl = said to two people, tr = said to three people

English Faka-Tonga (Tongan)
Welcome Talitali fiefia
(General greeting)
Mālō e lelei (inf)
Mālō ‘etau lava (frm)
How are you? Fēfē hake? (sg)
Mo fēfē hake? (dl)
Mou fēfē hake? (tr)
Reply to 'How are you?' Sai pē, mālō, fēfē koe?
Long time no see Fuoloa 'e fepulingaki
What's your name? Ko hai ho hingoa?
My name is ... Ko hoku hingoa ko...
Where are you from? Ko ho‘o ha‘u mei fe forma?
I'm from ... Ko ‘eku ha‘u mei ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Mālō tau ma‘u e pongipongi ni
Good day Mālō e lelei
Mālō e laumalie (to a chief)
Mālō e lakoifua (to a monarch)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Mālō tau ma‘u e ho‘ata ni
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Mālō tau ma‘u e efiafi ni
Good night Po‘uli a
Mohe a
(Parting phrases)
‘Alu a (to sb going) Faka’au ā (to sb going) - vfrm
Nofo ā (to sb staying) Toki sio (see you later) inf
Good luck Monū'ia
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand ‘Oku mahino kiate ‘au
I don't understand ‘ikai mahino
Please speak more slowly Fakamolemole duku ho lea vave
Please say that again Fakamolemole toe tala mai
Please write it down Kataki ‘o tohi‘i mai
Do you speak English? ‘Oku ke lava ‘o lea faka-pālangi?
Do you speak Tongan? ‘Oku ke lava ‘o lea faka-Tonga?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
‘Oku ou lea faka-Tonga si’isi’i pē.
How do you say ... in Tongan? Ko e hā ‘a e le‘a faka-Tonga ki he ...?
Excuse me Kātaki
How much is this? ‘Oku fiha e?
Fija hono totongi?
Sorry Fakamolemole
Please Kātaki
Thank you Mālō
Mālō ‘aupito
Reply to thank you ‘Io mālō
Where's the toilet? Ko fē ‘a e falemālōlō?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything 'E totongi kātoa 'ehe tamasi'i/tahine.
(>children & young people)
'E totongi kātoa 'ehe tangata/fefine.
(>married & middle aged people)
'E totongi kātoa 'ehe tangata'eiki/fine'eiki.
(>the elderly)
Would you like to dance with me? Teke lava tauolunga mo au?
I love you ‘Oku ou ‘ofa ‘ia koe
Get well soon
Leave me alone!
Help! Tokoni mai!
Fire! Koe afi!
Stop! Tuku ia!
Call the police! Teu ta ki he polise!
Christmas and New Year greetings Kilisimasi fiefia mo ha ta'u fo'ou monū'ia
Easter greetings Ma'u ha 'aho Pekia fiefia.
Birthday greetings Ma'u ha 'aho fiefie
Ma'u ha 'aho fa'ele'i fiefia
One language is never enough He'ikai fe'unga ke 'ilo ha lea 'e taha.
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Hoku vakapuna tētē 'i 'olunga fono 'i he toke.

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