A collection of useful phrases in Rapa Nui (Vananga rapa nui), a Polynesian language spoken mainly on Easter Island
Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).
|Phrase||Vananga rapa nui (Rapa Nui)|
Ka oho mai
|Hello (General greeting)||'Iorana
Pe hē 'Iorana
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Pe hē a koe?
Pēhē kōua ta'atoa?
(How are you all?)
Pahe kōua ta'atoa?
(How are you all?)
|Reply to 'How are you?'||E riva-riva no 'ā a au
Riva-riva a au. Māuru-uru
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?||Ko ai tu'u 'ingoa?|
|My name is ...||Ko ... to'oku 'ingoa|
|Where are you from?||Mai hē a koe?
Ō hē mai koe?
|I'm from ...||Mai te ... a au
Ō ... mai au
|Pleased to meet you|
Ka oho riva-riva
|Good luck!||Ka oho riva-riva!|
|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 know||Kai 'ite 'ana au|
|I understand||Ko angi-angi 'ana au|
|I don't understand||Kai angi-angi 'ana au|
|Please speak more slowly|
|Please say that again|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?|
|Do you speak Rapa Nui?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Speak to me in Rapa Nui|
|How do you say ... in Rapa Nui?|
|Excuse me||Ko hape 'ā a au|
|How much is this?||Ehia tara?|
|Please||Ana hanga koe|
|Reply to thank you||'O te aha no|
|Where's the toilet / bathroom?||Ko 'ite 'ana koe i he te hare komo?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything|
|This lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?|
|Do you come here often?|
|I miss you|
|I love you||Hanga rahi au kia koe|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|New Year greetings|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels
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