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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 Tālofa!
How are you?



Fine thanks,
and you?
E ā koe? (sg) E ā koulua? (du) E ā koutou? (pl)
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?
My name is ...
Ko oi tou igoa?
Toku igoa ko ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Ko oi tou fenua? / Koe se tino mai fea? (sg)
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 -
Good afternoon -
Good evening -
Good night Manuia te pō!
Goodbye Tōfā!
Good luck Manuia!
Cheers/Good health! Manuia!
Have a nice day Manuia te aso!
Bon appetit Kai mālosi! (sg) 'Kai mālosi! (du & pl)
Bon voyage Manuia te malaga!
Do you understand? Koe e malamalama? (sg)
Koulua e malamalama? (du)
Koutou e malamalama? (pl)
I understand Au e malamalama.
I don't know E sē iloa nē au
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?


Yes, a little
Koe e logo i te 'gana 'Tūvalu? (sg)
Koulua e logo i te 'gana 'Tūvalu? (du)
Koutou e logo i te 'gana 'Tūvalu? (pl)
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
Response
Fakafetai / Fāfetai (more colloquial)
E 'lei.
Where's the toilet? Tēfea te fale fōliki?
This gentleman/lady
will pay for everything
A mea katoa e 'togi nē te tagata/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!
Te afi kō 'kā!
Tū! (sg)
Call the police! Kalaga ki pulisimani!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Manuia te Kilisimasi mo te Tausaga Fou!
Happy Easter Manuia te Maliu!
Happy Birthday 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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