Useful phrases in Tahitian

A collection of useful phrases in Tahitian, a Polynesian language spoken mainly in French Polynesia.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), dl = dual (said to two people), pl = plural (said to more than two people).

English te reo tahiti (Tahitian)
Welcome Maeva
Hello (General greeting) 'Ia ora na
How are you? Maita'i oe?
E aha tō 'oe huru?
Reply to 'How are you?' Maita'i (Good)
Maita'i vau, māuruuru (Fine thanks)
Maita'i roa (Very good)
Maita'i ri'i (Not bad)
Long time no see  
What's your name? O vai to oe i'oa?
My name is ... O ... to'u i'oa
Where are you from? Nohea mai oe?
I'm from ... No te ... mai vau
I ... vau e faeia a
Pleased to meet you  
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
'Ia ora na
'Ia ora na 'oe (sg)
'Ia ora na 'orua (dl)
'Ia ora na 'outou (pl)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
'Ia ora oe i teie po
Good night Taoto maita'i
(Parting phrases)
Good luck!  
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day  
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Tama'a maita'i
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
'Ia maita'i te terera'a
I understand  
I don't understand Aita i papu ia'u
Yes E
No Aita
Maybe A
I don't know  
Please speak more slowly Faa taere te parau
Please say that again Tapiti na pa'i
Please write it down  
Do you speak English? Ua ite oe i te parau Marite?
Parau Marite?
Do you speak Tahitian? E parau tahiti 'oe?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Ma'a va-hi iti noa
I'm learning Tahitian Tē ha'api'i ra vau i te reo tahiti
How do you say ... in Tahitian? Nā hea ia parau na roto i te reo tahiti ...?
Excuse me E'e
Auē ho'i e
How much is this? E hia moni teie?
Thank you Māuruuru
Māuruuru roa
Reply to thank you 'aita pe'ape'a
Where's the toilet / bathroom?  
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything  
This lady will pay for everything  
Would you like to dance with me? Haere tatou e arearea
I miss you  
I love you Ua here vau ia oe
Get well soon  
Go away!  
Leave me alone!  
Call the police!  
Christmas greetings 'Ia 'oa'oa i te Noera 'e 'ia maita'i i te mau 'ōro'a matahiti 'āpī
Easter greetings 'Ia 'oa'oa i te 'ōro'a Pātate
Birthday greetings 'Ia 'oa'oa i to 'oe mahana fānaura'a
One language is never enough  
My hovercraft is full of eels  


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