Pasefika Tongan and Polynesian Dictionary


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English Tongan Sāmoan Hawaiʻian Tahitian Māori Scientific
Man Tagata Tāne Kāne Tāne Tāne
One Taha Tasi ʻEkahi Hōʻē Tahi
Sea Tahi Sami Kai Miti Moana
Tide Tahi Tai Kai Tai
Yellowfin Tuna Takuo Asiasi ʻAhi ʻAʻahi Thunnus albacares
Wait Tali Faʻatali Kali Tīaʻiraʻa Taritari
Taro Talo Talo Kalo Taro Taro Colocasia esculenta
Tattoo Tatatau Tatau Kākau Tātau Moko
Valley Teleʻa Vanu Awawa Faʻa Awaawa
December Tīsema Tesema Kekemapa Titema Tihema
North Tokelau Mātū ʻĀkau Toʻerau Tuaraki N 0°
Compass 0° N Tokelau Mātū ʻĀkau Toʻerau Tuaraki N 0°
Compass 045° NE Tokelau Hahake Mātū i Sasaʻe Manu Koʻolau Haʻapiti Manu Tokerau NE 45°
North East Tokelau Hahake Mātū i Sasaʻe Koʻolau Haʻapiti NE 45°
North West Tokelau Hihifo Mātū i Sisifo Hoʻolua Pāfāʻite Marangai mā uru NW 315°
Compass 225° SW Tokelau Hihifo Saute i Sisifo Manu Kona Urupā Manu Whakarunga SW 225°
Compass 315° NW Tokelau Hihifo Mātū i Sisifo Manu Hoʻolua Pāfāʻite Manu Whakararo NW 315°
South West Tokelau Hihifo Saute i Sisifo Kona Urupā Tonga mā uru SW 225°
Compass 022.5° NNE Tokelau TokelauHahake Mātū Mātū i Sisifo Nā Leo Koʻolau Pāhaʻapiti Ngā Reo Tokerau NNE 22.5°
Compass 337.5° NNW Tokelau Tokelauhihifo Mātū Mātū i Sisifo Nā Leo Hoʻolua Mohio Ngā Reo Whakararo NNW 337.5°
Saturday Tokonaki Aso Toʻonaʻi Poʻaono Mahana maʻa Rāhoroi
Three Tolu Tolu ʻEkolu Toru Toru
South Tonga Toga Hema Toʻa Tonga S 180°
Compass 180° S Tonga Saute Hema Toʻa Tonga S 180°
Compass 135° SE Tonga Hahake Saute i Sasaʻe Manu Malanai Maraʻamu Manu Marangai SE 135°
South East Tonga Hahake Saute i Sasaʻe Malani Maraʻamu Pitonga SE 135°
Compass 157.5° SSE Tonga Tongahake Saute Saute i Sasaʻe Nā Leo Malanai Ngā Reo Marangai SSE 157.5°
Compass 202.5° SSW Tonga Tongahihifo Saute Saute i Sisifo Nā Leo Kona ʻĀrueroa Ngā Reo Whakarunga SSW 202.5°
Right (direction) Toʻo Mataʻu Taumatau ʻĀkau ʻAtau Katau
Starboard Toʻo Mataʻu Taumatau ʻĀkau ʻAtau Katau
Back Tuʻa Tua Kua Tua Tuarā
Thursday Tuʻapulelulu Aso Tofi Poʻaha Mahana maha Rāpare
King Tuʻi Tupu Mōʻī Ariʻi Kīngi
Candlenut Tuitui Lama Kukui Tiʻaʻiri Aleurites moluccana
Tuesday Tūsite Aso Lua Poʻalua Mahana piti Rātū
Stand Tuʻu Tiʻa

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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