Pasefika Polynesian Dictionary


English to Polynesian Dictionary



English Sāmoan Hawaiʻian Tongan Tahitian Māori Scientific
Candlenut Lama Kukui Tuitui Tiʻaʻiri Aleurites moluccana
Canoe Vaʻa Waʻa Pōpao Vaʻa Waka
Chicken Moa Moa Moa Moa Heihei Gallus gallus
Cloud Ao Ao Ao Ata Ao
Coconut Niu Niu Niu Haʻari kokonati Cocos nucifera
Coconut Crab Ūū Uʻa vāhi Birgus Latro
Compass 0° N Mātū ʻĀkau Tokelau Toʻerau Tuaraki N 0°
Compass 011.25° NbE Haka Koʻolau Haka Whakararo Haka Tokerau NbE 11.25°
Compass 022.5° NNE Mātū Mātū i Sisifo Nā Leo Koʻolau Tokelau TokelauHahake Pāhaʻapiti Ngā Reo Tokerau NNE 22.5°
Compass 033.75° NbNE Nālani Koʻolau Ngā Rangi Tokerau NbNE 33.75°
Compass 045° NE Mātū i Sasaʻe Manu Koʻolau Tokelau Hahake Haʻapiti Manu Tokerau NE 45°
Compass 056.25° NEbE Noio Koʻolau Hitiʻa o te rā Ngoi Tokerau NEbE 56.25°
Compass 067.5° ENE Sasaʻe Mātū i Sasaʻe ʻĀina Koʻolau Hahake Tokelauhahake Kāinga Tokerau ENE 67.5°
Compass 076.75° EbN Lā Koʻolau Rā Tokerau EbN 76.75°
Compass 090° E Sasaʻe Hikina Hahake Maoaʻe Marangai E 90°
Compass 101.25° EbS Lā Malanai Rā Marangai EbS 101.25°
Compass 112.5° ESE Sasaʻe Saute i Sasaʻe ʻĀina Malanai Hahake Tongahake Pāmaoaʻe Kāinga Marangai ESE 112.5°
Compass 123.75° SEbE Noio Malanai Ngoi Marangai SEbE 123.75°
Compass 135° SE Saute i Sasaʻe Manu Malanai Tonga Hahake Maraʻamu Manu Marangai SE 135°
Compass 146.25° SEbS Nālani Malanai Maraʻaiʻaru Ngā Rangi Marangai SEbS 146.25°
Compass 157.5° SSE Saute Saute i Sasaʻe Nā Leo Malanai Tonga Tongahake Ngā Reo Marangai SSE 157.5°
Compass 168.75° SbE Haka Malanai ʻApatoʻa Haka Marangai SbE 168.75°
Compass 180° S Saute Hema Tonga Toʻa Tonga S 180°
Compass 191.25° SbW Haka Kona Haka Whakarunga SbW 191.25°
Compass 202.5° SSW Saute Saute i Sisifo Nā Leo Kona Tonga Tongahihifo ʻĀrueroa Ngā Reo Whakarunga SSW 202.5°
Compass 213.75° SWbS Nālani Kona Ngā Rangi Whakarunga SWbS 213.75°
Compass 225° SW Saute i Sisifo Manu Kona Tokelau Hihifo Urupā Manu Whakarunga SW 225°
Compass 236.25° SWbW Noio Kona ʻApatoʻa Ngoi Whakarunga SWbW 236.25°
Compass 247.5° WSW Sisifo Saute i Sisifo ʻĀina Kona Hihifo Tongahihifo Uru Kāinga Whakarunga WSW 247.5°
Compass 258.75° WbS Lā Kona Rā Whakarunga WbS 258.75°
Compass 270° W Sisifo Komohana Hihifo Raro Hauāuru W 270°
Compass 281.25° WbN Lā Hoʻolua Rā Whakararo WbN 281.25°
Compass 292.5° WNW Sisifo Mātū i Sisifo ʻĀina Hoʻolua Hihifo Tokelauhihifo Pāparu Kāinga Whakararo WNW 292.5°
Compass 303.75° NWbW Noio Hoʻolua Toʻoʻa Ngoi Whakararo NWbW 303.75°
Compass 315° NW Mātū i Sisifo Manu Hoʻolua Tokelau Hihifo Pāfāʻite Manu Whakararo NW 315°
Compass 326.25° NWbN Nālani Hoʻolua Ngā Rangi Whakararo NWbN 326.25°
Compass 337.5° NNW Mātū Mātū i Sisifo Nā Leo Hoʻolua Tokelau Tokelauhihifo Mohio Ngā Reo Whakararo NNW 337.5°
Compass 348.75° NbW Haka Hoʻolua Haka Whakararo NbW 348.75°
Coral ʻAmu ʻĀkoʻakoʻa Katoa Toʻa Kāoa Anthozoa
Cow Povi Pipi wahine Pulu Puaʻatoro Kau Gallus gallus
Crab Paʻa Pāpaʻi Paka Paʻapaʻa Pāpaka Brachyura

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Welcome to the Pasefika Polynesian Dictionary. This dictionary is meant to be a comparative dictionary to quickly view similarities, differences and cognate relationships between words across Polynesian languages. The dictionary includes a format that will display english to polynesian translation into words from Sāmoan, Hawaiʻian, Tongan, Māori, and Tahitian languages.

Most knowledge in Polynesia was communicated and passed on through language, legends, and songs.

The Sāmoan alphabet constists of these letters

Sāmoan written Alphabet: A E F G I L M N O P S T U V (K H R are additonal)

Vowels in Sāmoan language

  • A (ʻA A ʻĀ Ā) - pronounced (ˈä) AAh, like "AAh"
  • E (ʻE E ʻĒ Ē) - pronounced (ˈe) Eh, like net
  • I (ʻI I ʻĪ Ī) - pronounced (ē) EE, like see
  • O (ʻO O ʻŌ Ō) - pronounced (ō) oh, like "Oh"
  • U (ʻU U ʻŪ Ū) - pronounced (u̇(ə)) oo, like oops
  • A glottal stop and/or macron indicate short, normal, long sound and/or a brief pause in the sound of each vowel).

A glottal stop and/or macron indicate short, normal, long sound and/or a brief pause in the sound of each vowel).

Consonants in Sāmoan language
F G L M N P S T V

Comparison of consonant letters of Sāmoan language to languages of other Polynesian cultures

  • Sāmoa s or f = Aotearoa (Māori) h = Hawaiʻi h = Marquesas h = Tahiti h = Tonga h
  • Sāmoa g = Aotearoa (Māori) ng = Hawaiʻi n = Marquesas k = Tahiti = Tonga g
  • Sāmoa l = Aotearoa (Māori) r = Hawaiʻi l = Marquesas = Tahiti r = Tonga l
  • Sāmoa t = Aotearoa (Māori) t = Hawaiʻi k = Marquesas = Tahiti t = Tonga t
  • Sāmoa v = Aotearoa (Māori) w = Hawaiʻi w = Marquesas v = Tahiti v = Tonga v
  • Sāmoa f = Aotearoa (Māori) wh = Hawaiʻi h = Marquesas f or h = Tahiti h or f = Tonga f

The letter K in Sāmoan language

K
The letter K is a consonant than notes the use of the "K" style of Samoan language and/or used for words introduced with translation from other languages.

Additional Consonants in Sāmoan language

H R
Additional consonants (introduced with translation)

Some English letters informally are translated to Sāmoan Language with the use of additional consonants and rarely with vowels.

  • English b = Sāmoan p
  • English c = Sāmoan t/k or s
  • English d = Sāmoan t/k or s
  • English d = Sāmoan t/k
  • English g = Sāmoan t/k or s
  • English j = Sāmoan s or i

In studies of linguistics, Sāmoan language has been catagoriezed within the Austronesian family of languages.

Linguistic classification

  • Austronesian
  • Malayo-Polynesian
  • Oceanic
  • Central Pacific
  • Polynesian
  • Samoic
  • Sāmoan