Useful Tongan phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Tongan, a Polynesian language spoken mainly in Tonga.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = said to one person, dl = said to two people, tr = said to three people

English Faka-Tonga (Tongan)
Welcome Talitali fiefia
Hello (General greeting) Mālō e lelei (inf)
Mālō ‘etau lava (frm)
How are you? Fēfē hake? (sg)
Mo fēfē hake? (dl)
Mou fēfē hake? (tr)
Reply to 'How are you?' Sai pē, mālō, fēfē koe?
Long time no see Fuoloa 'e fepulingaki
What's your name? Ko hai ho hingoa?
My name is ... Ko hoku hingoa ko...
Where are you from? Ko ho'o ha'u mei fe?
I'm from ... Ko 'eku ha'u mei ...
Pleased to meet you Fiefia ke toe feiloaki mo koe
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Mālō tau ma‘u e pongipongi ni
Good day Mālō e lelei
Mālō e laumalie (to a chief)
Mālō e lakoifua (to a monarch)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Mālō tau ma‘u e ho‘ata ni
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Mālō tau ma‘u e efiafi ni
Good night Po‘uli a
Mohe a
(Parting phrases)
‘Alu a (to sb going)
Faka’au ā (to sb going - vfrm)
Nofo ā (to sb staying)
Toki sio (see you later - inf)
Good luck! Monū'ia
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Ofa atu!
Have a nice day Ma'u ha aho lelei
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand ‘Oku mahino kiate ‘au
I don't understand ‘ikai mahino
Please speak more slowly Fakamolemole duku ho lea vave
Please say that again Fakamolemole toe tala mai
Please write it down Kataki ‘o tohi‘i mai
Do you speak English? ‘Oku ke lava ‘o lea faka-pālangi?
Do you speak Tongan? ‘Oku ke lava ‘o lea faka-Tonga?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
‘Oku ou lea faka-Tonga si’isi’i pē
How do you say ... in Tongan? Ko e hā ‘a e le‘a faka-Tonga ki he ...?
Excuse me Kātaki
How much is this? ‘Oku fiha e?
Fija hono totongi?
Sorry Fakamolemole
Please Kātaki
Thank you Mālō
Mālō ‘aupito
Reply to thank you ‘Io mālō
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Ko fē ‘a e falemālōlō?
This gentleman will pay for everything 'E totongi kātoa 'ehe tamasi'i.
(>children & young people)
'E totongi kātoa 'ehe tangata.
(>married & middle aged people)
'E totongi kātoa 'ehe tangata'eiki.
(>the elderly)
This lady will pay for everything 'E totongi kātoa 'ehe tahine.
(>children & young people)
'E totongi kātoa 'ehe fefine.
(>married & middle aged people)
'E totongi kātoa 'ehe fine'eiki.
(>the elderly)
Would you like to dance with me? Teke lava tauolunga mo au?
I love you ‘Oku ou ‘ofa ‘ia koe
Get well soon  
Leave me alone!  
Help! Tokoni mai!
Fire! Koe afi!
Stop! Tuku ia!
Call the police! Teu ta ki he polise!
Christmas greetings Kilisimasi fiefia mo ha ta'u fo'ou monū'ia
Easter greetings Ma'u ha 'aho Pekia fiefia.
Birthday greetings Ma'u ha 'aho fiefie
Ma'u ha 'aho fa'ele'i fiefia
One language is never enough He'ikai fe'unga ke 'ilo ha lea 'e taha.
My hovercraft is full of eels Hoku vakapuna tētē 'i 'olunga fono 'i he toke.

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