Pasefika Māori and Polynesian Dictionary


Māori to English Dictionary



English Māori Sāmoan Hawaiʻian Tongan Tahitian Scientific
Sennit (cordage from coconout husk) Kaha ʻAfa ʻAha Kafa Nape
Village Kāinga Nuʻu Kūlanakauhale Kolo Siʻi ʻOire
Compass 112.5° ESE Kāinga Marangai Sasaʻe Saute i Sasaʻe ʻĀina Malanai Hahake Tongahake Pāmaoaʻe ESE 112.5°
Compass 067.5° ENE Kāinga Tokerau Sasaʻe Mātū i Sasaʻe ʻĀina Koʻolau Hahake Tokelauhahake ENE 67.5°
Compass 292.5° WNW Kāinga Whakararo Sisifo Mātū i Sisifo ʻĀina Hoʻolua Hihifo Tokelauhihifo Pāparu WNW 292.5°
Compass 247.5° WSW Kāinga Whakarunga Sisifo Saute i Sisifo ʻĀina Kona Hihifo Tongahihifo Uru WSW 247.5°
Jellyfish Kakaru moana ‘Alu‘alu Pololia Kolukalu Kakaru moana Medusozoa
Coral Kāoa ʻAmu ʻĀkoʻakoʻa Katoa Toʻa Anthozoa
Eye Karu Mata Maka Foʻi Mata Mata
Right (direction) Katau Taumatau ʻĀkau Toʻo Mataʻu ʻAtau
Starboard Katau Taumatau ʻĀkau Toʻo Mataʻu ʻAtau
Cow Kau Povi Pipi wahine Pulu Puaʻatoro Gallus gallus
Respect Kauanuanu Faʻaaloalo Mahalo Fakaʻapaʻapa Faʻatura
Kava Kava ʻAva ʻAwa Kava ʻAva Piper methysticum
Different Kee ʻEse ʻĒ Kehe ʻĒ
Earth (soil) Kere ʻEleʻele Lepo Hakau Aʻau
Soil Kere ʻEleʻele Lepo Hakau Aʻau
Sea Urchin Kina Vaga Wana Vana Vana Echinoidea
King Kīngi Tupu Mōʻī Tuʻi Ariʻi
Coconut kokonati Niu Niu Niu Haʻari Cocos nucifera
Zero Kore Selo ʻOle Noa Aore 0
Mother Kowhaea Tinā Makuahine Fa‘ē Metua Vahine
Guava Kuāwa Kuʻava Kuawa Kuava Tūava Psidium guajava
Pig Kunekune Puaʻa Puaʻa Puaka Puaʻa Sus scrofa, Sus scrofa domesticus
Dog Kurī Maile ʻĪlio Kulī ʻŪrī Canis familiaris
Breadfruit Kuru ʻUlu ʻUlu Mei ʻUru Artocarpus altilis

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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