Pasefika Tahitian and Polynesian Dictionary


Tahitian to English Dictionary



English Tahitian Sāmoan Hawaiʻian Tongan Māori Scientific
Crab Paʻapaʻa Paʻa Pāpaʻi Paka Pāpaka Brachyura
Five Pae Lima ʻElima Nima Rima
Wahoo Pāere Paāla Ono Valu Louniu Acanthocybium solandari
North West Pāfāʻite Mātū i Sisifo Hoʻolua Tokelau Hihifo Marangai mā uru NW 315°
Compass 315° NW Pāfāʻite Mātū i Sisifo Manu Hoʻolua Tokelau Hihifo Manu Whakararo NW 315°
Compass 022.5° NNE Pāhaʻapiti Mātū Mātū i Sisifo Nā Leo Koʻolau Tokelau TokelauHahake Ngā Reo Tokerau NNE 22.5°
Taro plantation Paʻi Taro Maʻumaga Loʻi Ngoue Māra
Garden (taro) Paʻi Taro Maʻumaga Loʻi Ngoue Māra
Compass 112.5° ESE Pāmaoaʻe Sasaʻe Saute i Sasaʻe ʻĀina Malanai Hahake Tongahake Kāinga Marangai ESE 112.5°
Compass 292.5° WNW Pāparu Sisifo Mātū i Sisifo ʻĀina Hoʻolua Hihifo Tokelauhihifo Kāinga Whakararo WNW 292.5°
Understand Pāpū Malamalama Maopopo Mahino Orotau
Pacific Ocean Patitifa Pasefika Pākīpika Pasifiki Pasifika
Song Pehe Pese Mele Hiva Maire
Paint Pēni Vali Pena Vali Peita
Pen Pēni Peni Peni Peni Pene
Pencil Pēni tara Penitala Penikala Peni Pene rākau
Art Peu Pa‘ari Tusiata Hana no‘eau Tohi Toi
Two Piti Lua ʻElua Ua Rua
European person Popaʻā Papālagi Haole Papālagi Pākehā
Brush Porōmu Palasi Palaki Polosi Paraihe
Paint brush (art) Porōmu pēni Palasi vali ata Hulu Pena
Paint brush (house) Porōmu pēni Palasi vali fale Hulu Pena
Post (house, structure) Pou Pou Pou Pou Pou
Pig Puaʻa Puaʻa Puaʻa Puaka Kunekune Sus scrofa, Sus scrofa domesticus
Horse Puaʻahorofenua Solofanua Lio Hoosi Hōiho Equus ferus caballus
Cow Puaʻatoro Povi Pipi wahine Pulu Kau Gallus gallus
Hibiscus (Beach) Pūrau Fau Hau Fau Hibiscus tiliaceus
Book Puta Tusi Puke Faiva Pukapuka

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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