Useful phrases in Tokelauan

A collection of useful phrases in Tokelauan (Gagana Tokelau), a Polynesian language spoken mainly in Tokelau and New Zealand.

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

Phrase Gagana Tokelau (Tokelauan)
Welcome Ulu tons mai
Hello (General greeting) Tālofa (sg - greetings to you)
Mālō (sg)
Tālofa nī (dl)
Mālō nī (dl)
Fakatālofa atu kia te koulua (pl)
Fakatālofa atu kia te koutou (pl)
Hello (on phone) Tālofa
How are you? E ā mai koe? (sg)
E ā mai koulua? (dl)
E ā mai koutou? (pl)
Reply to 'How are you?' Mālohi, fakafetai. Kae ā koe?
E feolōlo, fakafetai. Kae ā koe?
Ko au e lelei. Kae ā koe?
Manuia lava, fakafetai. Kae ā koe?
Long time no see
What's your name? Ko ai tō igoa?
My name is ... Ko ... toku igoa
Ko toku igoa ko ...
Ko au ko ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you E lelei kua feiloaki kitāua, ni
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Manuia te taeao
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night Tōfā nī (sg)
Tōfā koulua (pl)
(Parting phrases)
Tōfā (sg)
Tōfā koe (sg)
Tōfā nī (sg)
Tōfā koulua (dl)
Tōfā koutou (pl)
Toe fetaui (see you later)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Manuia te aho!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Kai fiafia!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Yes Io
No Hēai
I don't know E hē kō iloa
I understand Kua mālamalama
I don't understand Ko au e hē mālamalama
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again Fakamolemole, toe lea mai ake
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Tokelauan?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Speak to me in Tokelauan
How do you say ... in Tokelauan?
Excuse me Tūlou nī
Tūlou nī mua
How much is this?
Sorry Fakamolemole
Please Fakamolemole
Thank you Fakafetai
Fakafetai lahi lele
Reply to thank you Hē āfāina
Where's the toilet / bathroom?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me? Ōmamai tātou hihiva fakataki
(Come let us dance)
Do you come here often?
I miss you
I love you
Get well soon
Go away! Fanokehe!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings Manuia te Kilihimahi
New Year greetings Manuia te Tauhaga Fou
Easter greetings Manuia te eheta
Birthday greetings Ke manuia tō aho fānau
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels


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