Pasefika Tahitian and Polynesian Dictionary


Tahitian to English Dictionary



English Tahitian Sāmoan Hawaiʻian Tongan Māori Scientific
Yellowfin Tuna ʻAʻahi Asiasi ʻAhi Takuo Thunnus albacares
Earth (soil) Aʻau ʻEleʻele Lepo Hakau Kere
Reef Aʻau Aʻau Kuaʻau Hakau Ākau
Bring Āfaʻi ʻAumai Lawe mai ʻOmai Mau
Ten Ahuru Sefulu ʻUmi Hogofulu Tekau
Zero Aore Selo ʻOle Noa Kore 0
Compass 168.75° SbE ʻApatoʻa Haka Malanai Haka Marangai SbE 168.75°
Compass 236.25° SWbW ʻApatoʻa Noio Kona Ngoi Whakarunga SWbW 236.25°
Wave (ocean) ʻAre Galu Nalu Ngalu Ngaru
High Chief Ariʻi Aliʻi Aliʻi Eiki Ariki
King Ariʻi Tupu Mōʻī Tuʻi Kīngi
Love Aroha Alofa Aloha ʻOfa Aroha
Compass 202.5° SSW ʻĀrueroa Saute Saute i Sisifo Nā Leo Kona Tonga Tongahihifo Ngā Reo Whakarunga SSW 202.5°
Cloud Ata Ao Ao Ao Ao
Right (direction) ʻAtau Taumatau ʻĀkau Toʻo Mataʻu Katau
Starboard ʻAtau Taumatau ʻĀkau Toʻo Mataʻu Katau
August Atete Aukuso ʻAukake ʻAokosi Akuhata
October Atopa Oketopa ʻOkakopa ʻOkakopa Oketopa
Port (side) ʻAui Tauagavale Hema Hema Mauī
Left (Direction) ʻAui Tauagavale Hema Hema Mauī
Paper mulberry Aute Uʻa Wauke Hiapo Aute Broussonetia papyrifera
Hibiscus (Red) ʻAute ʻAute Sāmoa Aloalo Kaute Ponga Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Ti plant ʻAutī Tī pore Cordyline fruticosa
Kava ʻAva ʻAva ʻAwa Kava Kava Piper methysticum
Moon ʻĀvaʻe Māsina Māhina Māhina Māhina

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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