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Niuean is the native language of Niuē. The majority of residents of the island speak English, but knowing the basics of Niuean can be useful for speaking to older members of the community.

Location of Niuē.
The flag of Niuē.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Unlike its closest relatives Tongan and Samoan, Niuean does not contain the glottal stop (indicated by an apostrophe).

Vowels[edit]

A, Ā, E, Ē, I, Ī, O, Ō, U, Ū

Diacritics (bars) indicate a longer vowel sound.

Consonants[edit]

F, G, H, K, L, M, P, T and V appear in Niuean.

R and S appear in foreign loanwords.

'G' is pronounced as 'NG' in Niuean, like in 'Togo Chasm'.

After E or I, T is pronounced 'S', like in 'Avetele Beach'

Phrase list[edit]

Basics[edit]

Hello. 
Fakaalofa atu!. ( )
How are you? 
Malolo nakai a koe? ( )
Fine, thank you. 
Malolo, fakaue. ( )
What is your name? 
Ko hai e higoa haau? ( )
My name is ______ . 
Ko ______ e higoa haaku. ( )
I live in Tonga/Samoa/Australia/New Zealand. 
Nofo au i Toga/Samoa/Ositalia/Niusilani. ( )
Nice to meet you. 
. Mitaki kua feleveia a taua( )
Please. 
Fakamolemole. ( )
Thank you. 
Fakaue lahi. ( )
You're welcome. 
. ( )
Yes. 
E. ( )
No. 
Nakai. ( )
Excuse me. (getting attention
. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
. ( )
I'm sorry. 
Fakamolemole la. ( )

Goodbye!

The Niuean language has six diffferent ways to say goodbye depending on number of people and whether they are staying or leaving.

Goodbye (one person
Koe kia! ( )
Goodbye (two or more people
Mua kia/Mutolu kia! ( )
I can't speak Niuean [well]. 
[ ]Ai mitaki e Vagahau Niue haaku. ( [ ])
Help! 
 ! ( !)
Look out! 
 ! ( !)
Good morning. 
Monuina e pogipogi. ( )
Good evening. 
Monuina e afiafi. ( )
Good night. 
Monuina e po. ( )
Good night (to sleep
Mohe a. ( )
I don't understand. 
Ai maama e au. ( )
Where is the toilet? 
Ko fe e falevao? ( ?)

Problems[edit]

Leave me alone. 
. ( .)
Don't touch me! 
 ! ( !)
I'll call the police. 
. ( .)
Police! 
 ! (Leoleo!)
Stop! Thief! 
 ! ! ( ! !)
I need your help. 
. (.)
It's an emergency. 
. ( .)
I'm lost. 
. (.)
I lost my bag. 
. (Galo e kato haaku.)
I lost my wallet. 
. ( .)
I'm sick. 
. ( .)
I've been injured. 
. ( .)
I need a doctor. 
. ( .)
Can I use your phone? 
 ? ( ?)
Be careful of ugas (coconut crabs) when driving at night! 
Fakaholo fakasekiseki h e po neke mapela e tau uga! ( !)

Numbers[edit]

Nakai( )
Taha ( )
Ua ( )
Tolu ( )
Fa ( )
Lima ( )
Ono ( )
Fitu( )
Valu ( )
Hiva ( )
10 
Hogofulu ( )
11 
Hogofulu ma taha ( )
12 
Hogofulu ma ua ( )
13 
Hogofulu ma tolu ( )
14 
Hogofulu ma fa ( )
15 
Hogofulu ma lima ( )
16 
Hogofulu ma ono ( )
17 
Hogofulu ma fitu ( )
18 
Hogofulu ma valu ( )
19 
Hogofulu ma hiva ( )
20 
Ua hogofulu ( )
21 
Ua hogofulu ma taha ( )
22 
Ua hogofulu ma ua ( )
23 
Ua hogofulu ma tolu ( )
30 
Tolu hogofulu ( )
40 
Fa hogofulu ( )
50 
Lima hogofulu ( )
60 
Ono hogofulu ( )
70 
Fitu hogofulu ( )
80 
Valu hogofulu ( )
90 
Hiva hogofulu ( )
100 
Taha e seau ( )
200 
( )
300 
( )
1,000 
( )
2,000 
( )
1,000,000 
( )
1,000,000,000 
( )
1,000,000,000,000 
( )
number _____ (train, bus, etc.) 
( )
half 
( )
less 
( )
more 
( )

Time[edit]

now 
mogonei
later 
magaaho atu
before 
magaaho fakamua / to
early dawn 
ko moa ( )
morning 
mogo/magaaho pogipogi ( )
mid afternoon 
pale laa ( )
late afternoon 
motua e aho ( )
evening 
afiafi ( )
dinner time 
mogo/maaaho kai afiafi ( )
night 
( )

Clock time[edit]

one o'clock AM 
Hola taha ( )
two o'clock AM 
Hola ua ( )
noon 
Tupou laa ( )
one o'clock PM 
( )
two o'clock PM 
( )
midnight 
Tuloto po ( )
half past 
Hafa e ( )
quarter past 
Kuaa he mole ( )
quarter to 
Kuata ke ta ( )

Duration[edit]

_____ minute(s) 
(tau)minisi
_____ hour(s) 
(tau)tula
_____ day(s) 
(tau)aho
_____ week(s) 
(tau)faahitapu
_____ month(s) 
(tau)mahina
_____ year(s) 
(tau)tau

Days[edit]

today 
Aho nei. ( )
yesterday 
Ine afi. ( )
tomorrow 
A pogi. ( )
this week 
Tapu nei. ( )
last week 
Tapu kua mole. ( )
next week 
Tapu ka hau. ( )
Sunday 
Aho Tapu ( )
Monday 
Aho Gofua ( )
Tuesday 
Aho Ua ( )
Wednesday 
Aho Lotu ( )
Thursday 
Aho Tuloto ( )
Friday 
Aho Falaile ( )
Saturday 
Aho Faiumu ( )

Months[edit]

January 
Ianuali ( )
February 
Fepuali ( )
March 
Masi ( )
April 
Apelila ( )
May 
Me ( )
June 
Iuni ( )
July 
Iulai ( )
August 
Aokuso ( )
September 
Sepetema ( )
October 
Oketopa ( )
November 
Novema ( )
December 
Tesemo ( )

Seasons[edit]

Spring 
Vaha Tau Tupu ( )
Autumn 
Vaha Tau Mateafu ( )
Winter 
Vaha Makalili ( )
Summer 
Vaha Mafana ( )
Hurricane season 
Vaha To Afa ( )
Drought 
Vaha To Laa ( )
Christmas 
Vaha Kilisimasi ( )
End of the year 
Kamataaga he Tau ( )

Writing time and date[edit]

Colors[edit]

black 
lanu uli ( )
white 
lanu tea ( )
grey 
lanu efuefu ( )
red 
lanu kula ( )
blue 
lanu moana ( )
yellow 
lanu ago ( )
green 
lanu lau futi ( )
orange 
lanu fuamoli ( )
pink 
lanu lau mame ( )
purple 
lanu fuahoi ( )
brown 
lanu kakī( )

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

How much is a ticket to _____? 
( )
One ticket to _____, please. 
( )
Where does this train/bus go? 
( )
Where is the train/bus to _____? 
( )
Does this train/bus stop in _____? 
( )
When does the train/bus for _____ leave? 
( )
When will this train/bus arrive in _____? 
( )

Directions[edit]

How do I get to _____ ? 
( )
...the train station? 
( )
...the bus station? 
( )
...the airport? 
( )
...downtown? 
( )
...the youth hostel? 
( )
...the _____ hotel? 
( )
...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? 
( )
Where are there a lot of... 
( )
...hotels? 
( )
...restaurants? 
( )
...bars? 
( )
...sites to see? 
( )
Can you show me on the map? 
( )
street 
( )
Turn left. 
( )
Turn right. 
( )
left 
( )
right 
( )
straight ahead 
( )
towards the _____ 
( )
past the _____ 
( )
before the _____ 
( )
Watch for the _____. 
( )
intersection 
( )
north 
( )
south 
( )
east 
( )
west 
( )
uphill 
( )
downhill 
( )

Taxi[edit]

Taxi! 
( )
Take me to _____, please. 
( )
How much does it cost to get to _____? 
( )
Take me there, please. 
( )

Lodging[edit]

Do you have any rooms available? 
( )
How much is a room for one person/two people? 
( )
Does the room come with... 
( )
...bedsheets? 
( )
...a bathroom? 
( )
...a telephone? 
( )
...a TV? 
( )
May I see the room first? 
( )
Do you have anything quieter? 
( )
...bigger? 
( )
...cleaner? 
( )
...cheaper? 
( )
OK, I'll take it. 
( )
I will stay for _____ night(s). 
( )
Can you suggest another hotel? 
( )
Do you have a safe? 
( )
...lockers? 
( )
Is breakfast/supper included? 
( )
What time is breakfast/supper? 
( )
Please clean my room. 
( )
Can you wake me at _____? 
( )
I want to check out. 
( )

Money[edit]

Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars? 
( )
Do you accept British pounds? 
( )
Do you accept Euros? 
( )
Do you accept credit cards? 
( )
Can you change money for me? 
( )
Where can I get money changed? 
( )
Can you change a traveler's check for me? 
( )
Where can I get a traveler's check changed? 
( )
What is the exchange rate? 
( )
Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)? 
( )

Eating[edit]

Eat. 
Kai.
Drink. 
Inu.
Food 
Mena kai
Bread 
Falaoa
Butter 
Pata
Fish 
Ika)
Crab 
Kalahimu
Sausage 
Tosis
Cooked chicken 
Moa moho
Salad 
Salati
Tomato 
Tomato
Pumpkin 
Motini
Kumara 
Timala
Lettuce 
Letisi
Cabbage 
Kapiti
Toast 
Toti
Porridge 
Poleti

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A table for one person/two people, please. 
( )
Can I look at the menu, please? 
(Fakakite mai la e menu, fakamolemole )
Can I look in the kitchen? 
(Fakakite mai la e peito )
Is there a house specialty? 
( )
Is there a local specialty? 
( )
I'm a vegetarian. 
( )
I don't eat pork. 
(Ai kai au e puaka )
I don't eat beef. 
(Ai kai au e povi )
I only eat kosher food. 
(Ko e tau mena kai kosher ni ne kai a au )
Can you make it "lite", please? (less oil/butter/lard
( )
fixed-price meal 
( )
a la carte 
( )
breakfast 
( )
lunch 
( )
tea (meal
( )
supper 
( )
I want _____. 
( )
I want a dish containing _____. 
(Loto au ke kai_____ )
chicken 
(moa )
beef 
(povi )
fish 
(ika )
ham 
(puaka )
sausage 
(tosisi )
cheese 
(siisi )
eggs 
(fua moa )
salad 
(salati )
(fresh) vegetables 
(vesetapolo )
(fresh) fruit 
(fua lakau )
bread 
(falaoa )
toast 
(tosi )
noodles 
(nutolo )
rice 
(laisi )
beans 
(fua pine )
May I have a glass of _____? 
(tamai e kalase _____ )
May I have a cup of _____? 
(tamai e kapiniu _____ )
May I have a bottle of _____? 
(tamai e fagu _____ )
coffee 
(kofi )
tea (drink
(ti )
juice 
(huhua )
(bubbly) water 
( )
(still) water 
(vai )
beer 
(pia )
red/white wine 
(uaina )
May I have some _____? 
( )
salt 
(masima )
black pepper 
( )
butter 
( )
Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
( )
I'm finished. 
( )
It was delicious. 
( )
Please clear the plates. 
( )
The check, please. 
( )

Bars[edit]

Do you serve alcohol? 
( )
Is there table service? 
( )
A beer/two beers, please. 
( )
A glass of red/white wine, please. 
( )
A pint, please. 
( )
A bottle, please. 
( )
_____ (hard liquor) and _____ (mixer), please. 
( )
whiskey 
( )
vodka 
( )
rum 
( )
water 
( )
club soda 
( )
tonic water 
( )
orange juice 
( )
Coke (soda
( )
Do you have any bar snacks? 
( )
One more, please. 
( )
Another round, please. 
( )
When is closing time? 
( )
Cheers! 
( )

Shopping[edit]

Do you have this in my size? 
( )
How much is this? 
( )
That's too expensive. 
( )
Would you take _____? 
( )
expensive 
( )
cheap 
( )
I can't afford it. 
( )
I don't want it. 
( )
You're cheating me. 
( )
I'm not interested. 
(..)
OK, I'll take it. 
( )
Can I have a bag? 
( )
Do you ship (overseas)? 
( )
I need... 
( )
...toothpaste. 
( )
...a toothbrush. 
( )
...tampons. 
. ( )
...soap. 
( )
...shampoo. 
( )
...pain reliever. (e.g., aspirin or ibuprofen
( )
...cold medicine. 
( )
...stomach medicine. 
... ( )
...a razor. 
( )
...an umbrella. 
( )
...sunblock lotion. 
( )
...a postcard. 
( )
...postage stamps. 
( )
...batteries. 
( )
...writing paper. 
( )
...a pen. 
( )
...English-language books. 
( )
...English-language magazines. 
( )
...an English-language newspaper. 
( )
...an English-English dictionary. 
( )

Driving[edit]

I want to rent a car. 
( )
Can I get insurance? 
( )
stop (on a street sign
( )
one way 
(taha hala")
yield 
( )
no parking 
( )
speed limit 
( )
gas (petrol) station 
( )
petrol 
("penesini")
diesel 
( )

Authority[edit]

I haven't done anything wrong. 
( )
It was a misunderstanding. 
( )
Where are you taking me? 
( )
Am I under arrest? 
( )
I am an American/Australian/British/Canadian citizen. 
( )
I want to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate. 
( )
I want to talk to a lawyer. 
( )
Can I just pay a fine now?
()
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