silenus wrote:Hi everyone, wondering if anyone can answer this question: i want to learn Tahitian, but as there are no books/recordings available, i thought i should learn a similar language that has such resources. I am trying to decide between New Zealand Maori and Hawaiian. I read that Hawaiian has 76% lexical similarity to Tahitian and 71% with Maori. So NZ Maori has 71% similarity to Hawaiian but the figure to Tahitian was not included. Any suggestions???
kahihi'o wrote:Learning Māori or Hawaiian as a substitute for Tahitian might not be your best bet if you're truly set on learning Tahitian. There are Tahitian grammars, dictionaries and course books, but finding them might take a bit more digging. My old school's library had these available, but we also had a Pacific language section (because I live in Hawaiʻi). Here is a short list of some Tahitian language literature to help you with your search. http://www2.ling.su.se/pollinet/facts/tah.html.
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