Pasefika Tahitian and Polynesian Dictionary


Tahitian to English Dictionary



English Tahitian Sāmoan Hawaiʻian Tongan Māori Scientific
Blacktip Reef Shark Malie Alamata Manō pāʻele Carcharhinus melanopterus
Bluespotted stingray Fai Tala Neotrygon kuhlii
Burrowing Sea Urchin Tuitui Echinometra Mathaei
Compass 033.75° NbNE Nālani Koʻolau Ngā Rangi Tokerau NbNE 33.75°
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 101.25° EbS Lā Malanai Rā Marangai EbS 101.25°
Compass 123.75° SEbE Noio Malanai Ngoi Marangai SEbE 123.75°
Compass 157.5° SSE Saute Saute i Sasaʻe Nā Leo Malanai Tonga Tongahake Ngā Reo Marangai SSE 157.5°
Compass 191.25° SbW Haka Kona Haka Whakarunga SbW 191.25°
Compass 213.75° SWbS Nālani Kona Ngā Rangi Whakarunga SWbS 213.75°
Compass 258.75° WbS Lā Kona Rā Whakarunga WbS 258.75°
Compass 281.25° WbN Lā Hoʻolua Rā Whakararo WbN 281.25°
Compass 326.25° NWbN Nālani Hoʻolua Ngā Rangi Whakararo NWbN 326.25°
Compass 348.75° NbW Haka Hoʻolua Haka Whakararo NbW 348.75°
Fluted Giant Clam Faisua ʻOlepe Tridacna Squamosa
High Ranking Title Matai
Inland Gāʻuta Mauka
Leeward Atea Lalo
Manta Ray Fai Malie Hāhālua Manta Birostris
Oceanside Gātai Makai
Outrigger Ama Ama
Palolo Worm Palolo Palola viridis
Pattern ʻĒlei
Rock Crab Amaʻama ʻAʻama Grapsus
Scalloped Hammerhead Mataʻitaliga Manō kihikihi Sphyrna lewini
Skipjack Tuna Aku Katsuwonus pelamis
Tide Tai Kai Tahi Tai
Wedge-tail Triggerfish Sumu aloalo Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa Rhinecanthus rectangulus
Whitebanded Triggerfish Sumu uoʻuo Rhinecanthus aculeatus
Windward Lua Koʻolau
Tree Fern ʻOliʻolī Hāpuʻu Ponga

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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