Vava’u Islands – Tongan Language Guide

Tongan Language Guide from Tongamazing.com

The official language is Tongan, however English is widely spoken and is taught in schools.

Hello malo e lelei
Good bye ‘alu a
Thank you malo
Please faka molemole
Yes ‘io
No ikai
How are you? Fefe hake?
Fine, thank you Sai pe, malo
Go álu
Come haú
Stay nofo
Stand up tuú ki ólunga
Sit down tangutu ki lalo
Sleep mohe
Sick puke
Cough tale
Smile malimali
Angry íta
Laugh kata
Stop tuú
Shout kaikaila
Cry tangi
Sing hiva
Hot vela
Cold momoko
Chilly fifisi
Warm mafana
Beautiful fakaófoófa

 

English

Faka-Tonga (Tongan)

Welcome

Talitali fiefia

Hello

Mālō e lelei (inf) / Mālō ‘etau lava (frm)

How are you?
Fine thanks, and you?

Fēfē hake? (sg) Mo fēfē hake? (dl) Mou fēfē hake? (tr)

Sai pē, mālō, fēfē koe?

Long time no see

Fuoloa ‘e fepulingaki

What’s your name?
My name is …

Ko hai ho hingoa?

Ko hoku hingoa ko…

Where are you from?
I’m from …

Ko ho‘o ha‘u mei fe forma?

Ko ‘eku ha‘u mei …

Pleased to meet you

Good morning

Mālō tau ma‘u e pongipongi ni

Good day

Mālō e lelei / Mālō e laumalie (to a chief)
Mālō e lakoifua (to a monarch)

Good afternoon

Mālō tau ma‘u e ho‘ata ni

Good evening

Mālō tau ma‘u e efiafi ni

Good night

Po‘uli a / Mohe a

Goodbye

Alu a (to sb going) Faka’au ā (to sb going – vfrm)
Nofo ā (to sb staying) Toki sio (see you later – inf)

Good luck

Monū’ia

Cheers/Good health!

Have a nice day

Bon appetit

Bon voyage

I understand

Oku mahino kiate ‘au

I don’t understand

ikai mahino

Please speak more slowly

Fakamolemole duku ho lea vave

Please say that again

Fakamolemole toe tala mai

Please write it down

Kataki ‘o tohi‘i mai

Do you speak English?

Oku ke lava ‘o lea faka-pālangi?

Do you speak Tongan?
I speak a little Tongan

Oku ke lava ‘o lea faka-Tonga?

Oku ou lea faka-Tonga si’isi’i pē.

How do you say … in Tongan?

Ko e hā ‘a e le‘a faka-Tonga ki he …?

Excuse me

kātaki / tulou

How much is this?

Oku fiha e? Fija hono totongi?

Sorry

fakamolemole

Please

kātaki

Thank you
Response

Mālō / Mālō ‘aupito

Io mālō

Where’s the toilet?

Ko fē ‘a e falemālōlō?

This gentleman/lady
will pay for everything

‘E totongi kātoa ‘ehe tamasi’i/tahine.
(
>children & young people)
‘E totongi kātoa ‘ehe tangata/fefine.
(
>married & middle aged people)
‘E totongi kātoa ‘ehe tangata’eiki/fine’eiki.
(
>the elderly)

Would you like to
dance with me?

Teke lava tauolunga mo au?

I love you

Oku ou ‘ofa ‘ia koe

Get well soon

Leave me alone!

Help!
Fire!
Stop!

Tokoni mai!
Koe afi!
Tuku ia!

Call the police!

Teu ta ki he polise!

Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year

Kilisimasi fiefia mo ha ta‘u fo‘ou monū‘ia

Happy Easter

Ma’u ha ‘aho Pekia fiefia.

Happy Birthday

Ma’u ha ‘aho fiefie
Ma’u ha ‘aho fa’ele’i fiefia

One language
is never enough

He’ikai fe’unga ke ‘ilo ha lea ‘e taha.

My hovercraft
is full of eels

Hoku vakapuna tētē ‘i ‘olunga fono ‘i he toke.