Learning Tahitian

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Learning Tahitian

Postby kukie » 2010-02-13, 22:01

The main reason for this post is to ask about the Tahitian language. I have not found a free, comprehensive course online. This link is the best one I could find.
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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby Riptide » 2010-02-14, 19:45

Welcome to Unilang maohi. Unfortunately, I don't know any Tahitian, but I've developed a great deal of interest in the Austronesian languages (Tahitian included). If you learn anything new about the language, could you post what you've been learning? I might look into the language sometime in the future. Anyways, maeva ia Unilang (welcome to Unilang). :)
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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby kukie » 2010-02-15, 1:44

This is a useful link:
BYUH Tahitian Language Resources (from Web Archive) - 11 Tahitian lessons with audio examples
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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby Formiko » 2010-02-16, 9:03

Here is my quick Tahitian summary:
(I can not type long vowels easily, so I'll just double the vowel to indicate a long vowel)

Nouns: Nouns do not change form but articles indicate singular, dual or plural. Dual is normally used with up to 10 items.
The: te (sing), naa (dual) te mau (pl)
the house: te fare
the people (a couple): naa taa'ata
A, an: te hoo'e some: te hoo'e mau

'O is used when the noun is standing alone or without any articles
'O Tahiti: Tahiti

Verbs: Verbs show tense by particles
Present: tee
Past: 'ua
Future: e
With the particles tee, you must use either nei or ra after the verb.
nei indicates closeness to the speaker, ra or maira indicated distance away.

Also, the verb comes first, followed by the subject, then the object is introduced by i (or iaa for a proper noun)
There is/are: E
Negative: 'Aita e
There are houses here: 'E fare
There are no houses here: 'Aite e fare

Tee parua nei 'oia - He is speaking( here)
Tee taamaa'a maira vau - I am eating (over there)

The baby drank the milk.- 'Ua inu te 'aiuu i te uu.
The man will drive the car to the store. - E fa'ahoro te ta'ata i te pereo'o i te fare toa.

Adjectives: Adjectives come AFTER the noun.
The big house: te fare rahi
A red car: te ho'e pereo'o uira 'ute'ute.

Possession: The possessor comes first preceded by ta
The girl's book: Ta te teine puta

I can add more if there's any interest :)
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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby kukie » 2010-02-16, 13:27

Thanks, Formiko!
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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby kman1 » 2010-03-01, 5:48

Formiko wrote:Here is my quick Tahitian summary

You speak fluent Tahitian?

My advice would be to get with some native speakers and learn from them. I have a hard enough time with Tahitian and I live here in Hawai'i where there are a couple of fluent Tahitian speakers. Good luck.

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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby kukie » 2010-03-01, 6:16

Tahitians are a little hard to come by here.
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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby kman1 » 2010-03-01, 7:26

I wonder how you got interested in the language anyway since you say there isn't a Tahitian influence in your area. There is very strong Tahitian influence here in Hawai'i. Tahitian dancing, culture, language, people, everything.

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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby kukie » 2010-03-01, 7:54

I just became interested after learning it existed.
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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby Sirach » 2010-05-23, 11:03

Wow, Ia ora na 'oe, 'o Mâ'ohi! Purotu roa te reo mâ'ohi...

My knowledge of Tahitian does not go much beyond http://www.biroz.net/words/tahiti/intro.htm, but I find Tahitian one of the most, if not the most beautiful Polynesian language in Oceania. I actually do not like the sound of the Hawai'ian language spoken, nor Maori as much as I find Samoan, and then Fijian, and then ultimately Tahitian, utterly beautiful and soft to my ears.

You think the Midwest is hard, think BC, Canada! :D

Oh, y buena suerte con sus estudios en el castellano, porque el idioma es muy util, ¡pero el idioma tahitiano es más lindo y hermoso de oir y entender!

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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby ILuvEire » 2010-05-25, 3:31

I just wanted to post and add my support for you! I'm learning Hawai‘ian, it's definitely my favorite Polynesian language, but I definitely plan to learn some Tahitian someday! It's always great to see people interested in learning and promoting minority languages. Good luck!
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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby kukie » 2010-05-25, 19:12

There are a few resources to learn the language. You can watch TNTV (Tahiti TV) here.
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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby Ariki » 2010-07-01, 13:48

Ia ora na Phillip!

O Tane to'u i'oa, e taata Maori Nutirani vau. Te faatae atu nei au i to'u arofa ia'oe e te taeae. O to'u manao te haere maira oe i teie forum haapii ai i te reo Maohi, oia, te reo Maohi o Tahiti.

E manea roa teie reo - ua faaroo mua au i teie reo i te matahiti 2003, ia'u i haere i te high school. E ho'e ahuru ma va'u to'u mau matahiti i te reira taime.

Cook Islands Maori is very similar Phillip to Tahitian - grammatically both languages are nearly identical and the lexicon is very similar as well. You may want to try and find some Cook Islands Maori programs to listen to as well as Tahitian speakers do frequently like to chat with people from the Cook Islands who will speak Cook Islands Maori. In fact, my uncle was telling me that he enjoyed a long chat with some Tahitians while he spoke Cook Islands Maori (his dialect is Aitutakian) and they replied back in Tahitian (I don't know what dialect they spoke).

I hope this post finds you Phillip.

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He ingoa ōpaki a Riki; he ingoa ōkawa a Ariki.

Riki is an informal name; Ariki is a formal name.

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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby kman1 » 2010-07-08, 16:06

@Ariki - I just noticed that your personal page here has you listed as a fluent speaker of Tahitian... Is that so?

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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby Ariki » 2010-07-08, 21:41

Ia ora na kman1,

I think my fluency may have dropped a lil bit, so I should update it, but to give you an idea, I've read most of the Book of Mormon in Tahitian and I try to listen to mp3 sermon podcasts in Tahitian.
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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby Formiko » 2010-07-08, 22:24

Ariki wrote:Ia ora na kman1,

I think my fluency may have dropped a lil bit, so I should update it, but to give you an idea, I've read most of the Book of Mormon in Tahitian and I try to listen to mp3 sermon podcasts in Tahitian.

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Tei hea roa te mau podcast? (podcast = niuniu naa te reva?)
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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby Ariki » 2010-07-08, 23:47

Ia ora na Formiko!

Eaha to'oe huru i teie mahana?

Teie te link i te mau mea tei nene'ihia na roto i te re'o Ma'ohi o Tahiti - http://www.lds.org/languages/mainmenu/0 ... 14,00.html

'O to'u mana'ona'o e 'ore oe e pe'ape'a i te "Moromonara'a"

Hope you're not offended by "Mormonism"

(podcast = niuniu naa te reva?)...I don't know...makes sense though :-)
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He ingoa ōpaki a Riki; he ingoa ōkawa a Ariki.

Riki is an informal name; Ariki is a formal name.

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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby Formiko » 2010-07-09, 0:21

Ariki wrote:Ia ora na Formiko!

Eaha to'oe huru i teie mahana?

Teie te link i te mau mea tei nene'ihia na roto i te re'o Ma'ohi o Tahiti - http://www.lds.org/languages/mainmenu/0 ... 14,00.html

'O to'u mana'ona'o e 'ore oe e pe'ape'a i te "Moromonara'a"

Hope you're not offended by "Mormonism"

(podcast = niuniu naa te reva?)...I don't know...makes sense though :-)


No, I'm not. I got the gist of what you were saying. I studied Fijian, so I understand the grammar of most Polynesian languages, my vocab is bad though -- ino rahi...
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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby Ariki » 2010-07-09, 0:56

Ia ora na Formiko,

'Oia ua ta'a ia'u ta'oe i papa'i mai ai :-). When did you study Fijian????
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He ingoa ōpaki a Riki; he ingoa ōkawa a Ariki.

Riki is an informal name; Ariki is a formal name.

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Re: Learning Tahitian

Postby Formiko » 2010-07-09, 2:00

Ariki wrote:Ia ora na Formiko,

'Oia ua ta'a ia'u ta'oe i papa'i mai ai :-). When did you study Fijian????


About 10 years ago in Graduate school. When I got my linguistics degree, I focused on American Indian languages, but I also took classes in uncommon languages also. (I took a semester in almost every language out there, but I took 2 semesters of Hawa'ian and Fijian.
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