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Niuean (ko e vagahau Niuē) 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
like fin (IPA: f)
G
like sing (IPA: ŋ)
H
like hello (IPA: h)
K
like skit (IPA: k)
L
light L (higher-pitched, non-dental), like British light (IPA: l)
M
like milk (IPA: m)
N
like nose (IPA: n)
P
like spin (IPA: p)
T
like still (IPA: t). After E or I, like seem (IPA: s).
V
like very (IPA: v)
R
rolled/trilled R (loanwords only, can be pronounced as l; IPA: r)
S
like seem (loanwords only, can be pronounced as t; IPA: s)

Phrase list[edit]

Basics[edit]

Hello.
Fakaalofa lahi atu! ( )
How are you?
Malolo nakai a koe?
Yes I'm Fine, thank you.
E Malolo, fakaaue.
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 Tonga/Samoa/Ostalia/Niusilani.
Nice to meet you.
. Mitaki kua feleveia a taua
Please.
Fakamolemole.
Thank you.
Fakaaue lahi.
You're welcome.
( )
Yes.
E
No.
Nakai./ Naha
Excuse me. (getting attention)
(Fakamolemole la. )
Excuse me. (begging pardon)
(Tulou )
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( 2 People) :Mutolu kia! (more than 2 people)
I can't speak Niuean [well].
Ai mitaki e Vagahau Niue haaku.
Help!
(Lagomatai !)
Look out!
(Ono ono atu )
Good morning.
Monuina e pogipogi. ( )
Good evening.
Monuina e afiafi. :
.Have a good sleep
Mohe taha
And you too
Pihia ni kia koe
I'm thinking of you.
Manamanatu au kia koe
Good night.
Monuina e po.
Have a good day
Monuina e aho
I don't understand.
Ai maama e au.
Where is the toilet?
Ko fe e falevao? :( ) Where are you going?
Fano ki fe a koe?
How long are you staying?
Fiha e leva e nofo haau?
Where are you staying?
Nofo i fe a koe?
Let us both go.
Hau ke o a taua.
Leave it
Siaki (C-R-kee) / toka
Do it again
Liu la ke taute foki.
Lets go fishing
Hau ke o hi (hee) ika (e - ka)
Did you see that!
Kitia (kee-C-R) nakai e koe!
Hold this for me please.
Tòtò ena e fakamolemole.
Do you want me to take this for you?
Fia loto nakai a koe ke uta e au e na e mahaau?
When do you want this work done by?
Mogofe ka fia loto a koe ke fakaoti e gahua e?
Yes thats right, thats true.
E hako, e mooli.
Left hand.
Faahi hema.
Right hand.
Faahi matau.
Lets go dancing.
Hau ke o koli.

Are you warm?

Mafana nakai a koe?

it is cold isn't it.

Makalili kaà ( ma-ka-lee-lee ka-R)

The plane is here.

Kua hau tei e vakalele.

Sing to me.

Lologo mai la kia au.

Do you want me to sing to you?

Fia loto nakai a koe ke lologo au kia koe?

Your voice is so nice.

Mitaki haia e leo haau.

Smile.

Mamali.

Happy

Fiafia

Dont you forget me.

Ua nimo e koe au.

Until we meet again

To liu ke feleveia a taua.

Hold my hand.

Tòtò la e lima haaku.

Lets go for a ride/cruise to no where in particular.

Hau ke o neva

Lets go for a walk.

Hau ke laka hui.

Hau ke o hui.

You did that on purpose!

Taute poaki e koe!

Don't lie to me!

Ua pikopiko mai a koe kia au!

Lies (not truth)

Piko-piko (pee-ko pee-ko)

Climb

Totoli

Climb up

Totoli hake

What is the matter?

Koe hā?

Its raining now.

To tei e uha

Look for...

Kumi (koo-mee) e....

Have you seen my bag?

Kitia nakai e koe, e kato haaku?

Road

Puhalatu

Get ready!

Amanaki!

Run

Poi

Moon

Mahina

Stars

Fetu


Left foot

Hui hema

Right foot

Hui matau

Problems[edit]

Leave me alone.
. (Toka la au .)
Don't touch me!
(Ua fota au !)
I'll call the police.
To hea au e leoleo.
Police!
Leoleo!
Stop! Thief!
Tu ma tagata kaihaa!
I need your help.
(Manako au kehe lagomatai haau.)
It's an emergency.
( )
I'm lost.
. (Galo tei au.)
I lost my bag.
. (Galo e kato haaku.)
I lost my wallet.
. ( Galo e pesi/kato tupe haaku.)
I'm sick.
. ( Gagao au.)
I've been injured.
. (Pakia tei au .)
I need a doctor.
. ( Manako au kehe ekekafo.)
Can I use your phone?
( Maeke nakai au ke fakaaoga e foni haau?)
Drive slowly at night, beware of coconut crabs/uga's or you will squash them.
Fakaholo fakasekiseki he po neke mapela e tau uga!:My head hurts
Mamahi e ulu haaku.
You give me a headache.
Mamahi ulu foki a koe.

Numbers[edit]

0
Nakai( )
1
Taha ( )
2
Ua ( )
3
Tolu ( )
4
Fa ( )
5
Lima ( )
6
Ono ( )
7
Fitu( )
8
Valu ( )
9
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
Ua e seau( )
300
tolu e seau( )
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:Start
Kamata
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
(Po)

Clock time[edit]

Tulà

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
Kuata 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 (ee- u -nee )
July
Iulai (u -lai )
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 ( ):RELIGION
Jesus Christ
Iesu Keriso
Prayer
Liogi
Church
Tapu
(also means taboo in context to warnings)

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[edit]

How much is a ticket to _____?
(fiha e tau he tiketi ke fanau ki...)
One ticket to _____, please.
(Taha ni e tiketi, fakaaue)
Where does this bus go?
(fano ki fe e bus e)
Where is the bus to _____?
(kofe e bus ke...)
Does this bus stop in _____?
(Tu ki fe e bus e?)
When does the bus for _____ leave?
(Fano mogofe e bus?)
When will this bus arrive in _____?
( Hau mogofei e bus?)

Directions[edit]

How do I get to _____ ?
( Maeke fefe ke hoko ke_________?)
...the bus station?
( )
...the airport?
(Fale vakalele? )
...downtown?
Ki (kee) Alofi?
...the youth hostel?
( )
...the _____ hotel?
Ke hotela
Ke hotela______________?
...restaurants?
Tau fale kai?
...bars?
Tau fale inu?
...sites to see in Niue?
( kitia mena i Niue?)
Can you show me on the map?
(Fakakite mai la e map?)
Do you have one?
(Fai nakai a koe? )
straight ahead
( tonu)
towards the _____
( ke he)
past the _____
( mole ke he)
before the _____
( )
Watch for the _____.
(Ono ono ke kitia e ___________. )
intersection
( )
north
( )
south
(Toga )
east
( )
west
( )
uphill
( )
downhill
( )

Taxi[edit]

Taxi!
( )
Take me to _____, please.
( fakamolemole uta la au ki_________.)
How much does it cost to get to _____?
(Fiha e tau ke fano ki__________? )
Take me there, please.
(Fakamolemole fakafano la au. )

Lodging[edit]

Do you have any rooms available?
(Fai poko nakai a koe ke nofo au? )
How much is a room for one person/two people?
( fiha tau he poko ke nofo taha/pòke ua tagata?)
Does the room come with...
( )
...bedsheets?
(kafu mohega?)
...a bathroom?
(fale kaukau )
...a telephone?
(telefoni )
...a TV?
(TV )
May I see the room first?
(maeke mua au ke kitia e poko )
Do you have anything quieter?
( Fai mena nakai ne ai leo lahi?)
...bigger?
(Poko Lahi )
...cleaner?
( tagata fakamo-opo-opo?)
...cheaper?
(nakai tau uka):Tau mukamuka?
OK, I'll take it.
(E mitaki, homo mai kia au/ E mai kia au)
I will stay for _____ night(s).
(Nofo au ______po )
Can you suggest another hotel?
(Fai hotela foki nakai ke nofo ki ai? )
Do you have a safe?
( Fai sefè nakai?)
...lockers?
( fai loka nakai?)
Is breakfast/supper included?
( )
What time is breakfast/supper?
(Hola fiha e breakfast? )
Please clean my room.
(fakamolemole, fakamea la e poko haaku, fakaaue lahi)
Can you wake me at _____please?
fakamolemole, faka-ala la au e hola______?
I want to check out.
(oti tei e nofo haaku fia loto e au ke o)

Money[edit]

Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars?
(maeke nakai au ke fakatogi he tau tupe Amelika, Ositalia ETC...)
Do you accept British pounds?
( )
Do you accept Euros?
( )
Do you accept credit cards?
( )
Can you change money for me?
(maeke nakai a koe ke hiki tau tupe haaku)
Where can I get money changed?
(fano e au ki fe ke hiki tau tupe haaku)
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)?
(ha nefe e 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
A table for one person/two people, please.
( fakamolemole, fai laulau nakai ke lata mo taha tagata/ ke lata mo e ua tagata?)
Can I look at the menu, please?
(Fakamolemole, fia loto au ke kitia e menu.
Can I look in the kitchen?
Maeke nakai au ke kitia e paito?
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 )
Excuse me i only eat kosher food.
Fakamolemole kai ni au e tau kai ne ai tapu ke tino, tau kai tunu tauteute meà.
Can you make it "lite", please? (less oil/butter/lard)
( fakamolemole fakatote e ________ e.g butter oil)
fixed-price meal
( )
a la carte
( )
breakfast
(kai pogipogi)
lunch
( )
tea (meal)
( )
supper
( )
I want _____.
(fia loto e au)
I want a dish containing _____.
(Fia Loto au ke kai ne fai____ )
chicken
(moa )
beef
(povi )
fish
(ika )
ham
(puaka )
sausage
(tosisi )
cheese
(siisi ) C- E -C
eggs
(fua moa )
salad
(salati )
(fresh) vegetables
(vesetapolo )
(fresh) fruit
(fua lakau )
bread
(falaoa )
toast
(tosi )
noodles
(nudolo )
rice
(laisi )
beans
(fua pine )
May I have a glass of _____?
(tamai la e kalase _____ )
May I have a cup of _____?
(tamai la e kapiniu _____ )
May I have a bottle of _____?
(tamai la e lupo _____ ?)
coffee
(kofi )
tea (drink)
(ti ) Cee
juice
(huhua )
(bubbly) water
( valavai fisi)
(still) water
(vai )
beer
(pia )
red/white wine
(uaina )
May I have some _____?
(Maeke nakai au ke fai________? )
salt
(masima )
black pepper
( pepa uli)
butter
( )
Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
(fakamolemole la)
I'm finished.
(oti tei au)
It was delicious.
(homo/mitaki koa tau kai)
Please clear the plates.
(uta tau palesi fakaaue lahi)
The check, please.
(fakamolemole, mai la e tohi totogi)

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.
( Mai e lupo, fakamolemole.)
_____ (hard liquor) and _____ (mixer), please.
( )
whiskey
( )
vodka
( )
rum
( )
water
(Vai )
club soda
( )
tonic water
( )
orange juice
(Inu moli )
Coke (soda)
( )
Do you have any bar snacks?
Fai snack nakai?
One more, please.
('taha foki' 'fakamolemole')
Another round, please.
('liu foki' 'fakamolemole')
When is closing time?
('pa' 'hola fiha?')
Cheers!
( kia monuina!)

Drink properly

Inu fakamitaki

Drink slowly

Inu faka-ene-ene

Dont be silly

Ua fakahekesia

Don't you drink again.

Ua liu a koe ke inu foki.

Stop your drinking

Oti la e inu haau.

You should go home now.

Lata a koe ke fano ki kaina mogonei ni.

i cannot see.

Ai maeke au ke kitia.

i am blind.

Kua pouli tei e tau mata haaku.

You are not allowed to drink and drive.

Tapu ua inu si fakaholo e motoka haau.

Do not be dumb to drink and drive.

Tapu ua hekesia ke inu mo fakaholo motoka.

Call someone to come and pick you up.

Hea ke taha ke hau ke piki a koe.

Do not drive reckless on the road.

Tapu ua fakaholo faanoa e puhalatu!

Do not drive fast on the road.

Tapu ua fakaholo mafiti (ma- fee-see) he puhalatu.

i drink to be happy.

Inu au ke fiafia.

come and drink with me.

Hau ke inu mo au.

Come let us drink.

Hau ke inu a taua.


Shopping[edit]

Do you have this in my size?
( )
How much is this?
Fiha e tau e mena e?
That's too expensive.
(Tau uka foki )
Would you take _____?
(Uta nakai e koe_____? )
expensive
( tau uka)
cheap
( )
I can't afford it.
( masiva foki)
I don't want it.
(Ai fia loto au)
You're cheating me.
( )
I'm not interested.
(Ai manako au kia koe)
OK, I'll take it.
(E, uta fai au )
Can I have a bag?
(Maeke nakai au ke uta e kato)
Do you ship (overseas)?
( )
I need...
(Fia loto au ke... )
...toothpaste.
( )
...a toothbrush.
(Kana nifo )
...tampons.
. ( tau mena fifine)
...soap.
(Moli kaukau )
...shampoo.
( )
...pain reliever. (e.g., aspirin or ibuprofen)
( panadolo)
...cold medicine.
( )
...stomach medicine.
Segavai manava
...a razor.
( )
...an umbrella.
(Kalapiu
...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.
Aifai mena au ne taute hepe.
It was a misunderstanding.
( )
Where are you taking me?
(Ko e uta e koe au ki fe? )
Am I under arrest?
(Kua fakahala tei au? )
I am an American/Australian/British/Canadian citizen.
( ko au koe tagata mai i Amelika/Ostalia...)
I want to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate.
( manako au ke tala ke ... embassy/consulate)
I want to talk to a lawyer.
(Fia loto au ke tala ke lawyer )
Can I just pay a fine now?
"(Maeke nakai au ke totogi e fakahala mogonei?)"
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