Niuean (ko e vagahau Niuē)

Niuean is a Polynesian language spoken by about 8,000 people, the majority of whom live in New Zealand. There are also Niuean speakers in Niue, where almost the entire population of about 2,000 speak the language, the Cook Islands and Tonga. The closest relative of Niuean is Tongan, while Maori, Samoan, and Hawaiian are also quite close.

Niuean was first write by Christian missionaries in the mid 19th century using a spelling system influenced by Samoan.

Niuean alphabet

Niuean alphabet

Niuean pronunciation

Niuean pronunciation

Notes

  • t is pronounced [s] before e and i
  • r and s appear only in foreign loanwords
  • You can hear recordings of Niuean pronunciation at: http://www.learnniue.com/vagahau

Sample text in Niuean

Pa pa teliga e, tuku teliga e
Pa pa teliga e, tuku teliga ko
Foaki mai a kala pule
Ke oage e tau fanau
Ke kai e tau futi momoho
Neke oti he mokulu ki tahi
Ko pule, ko pule
Taga niu e

Source: http://www.learnniue.com/vagahau

Tower of Babel in Niuean

Links

Information about the Niuean languages and Niue
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niuean_language
http://www.niueisland.com

Online Niuean lessons
http://www.learnniue.com
http://www.learnniue.co.nz

Online Niuean radio
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/audio.php

Malayo-Polynesian languages

Acehnese, Ajië, Aklan, Anutan, Balinese, Batak, Bikol, Bugis, Buhid, Bushi, Cebuano, Cham, Chamorro, Chuukese, Cia-Cia, Cuyonon, Dawan, Drehu, Fijian, Filipino, Futunan, Hanuno'o, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Iban, Iloko, Indonesian, Javanese, Kadazandusun, Kapampangan, Kiribati, Madurese, Makasarese, Malagasy, Malay, Mandar, Maori, Maranao, Marshallese, Minangkabau, Moriori, Nauruan, Ndrumbea, Nias, Paamese, Paicî, Palauan, Pangasinan, Pohnpeian, Raga, Rapa Nui, Rarotongan, Rejang, Rotuman, Sakao, Samoan, Central Sinama, Sundanese, Tagalog, Tagbanwa, Tahitian, Tausūg, Tetum, Tokelauan, Tongan, Toraja-Sa'dan, Tuvaluan, Waray-Waray, Xârâcùù, Yapese,

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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