Fakaalofa atu !
I'm not learning this language, but I wanted to let you know about this Polynesian language since it's one with most resources available compared to the numbers of speakers and could be an alternative for those of you willing to learn a Polynesian language through the internet. Niuean is closely related to Tongan or Wallisian (more info on Wikipedia
Niue is a remote Island in the South Pacific (Wiki page here
) with aproximately 1,600 inhabitants. Most Niueans emigrated to New Zealand,but only a tiny percentage (11%) is able to speak the language.
Niue is very active on the internet and is the first country in the world to have ever provided free Wi-Fi access to its entire population
They have developed many projects to save this endangered language, therefore many resources are available for free on the internet
Website to learn the basics : http://www.learnniue.co.nz/
You can also access freely the Niuean state TV channel on Youtube
, with news both in English and Niuean
They have made lots of effort to translate computer-related terms ("fakaliliu he tau kupu komopiuta palagi") into Niuean, which I find extremely interesting and could be seen as an example set for other Polynesian languages (who knows ?)
Here is a website in Niuean
. (with English translations)
Niuean language is also present on Twitter
What's more, for language nerds like you and me,you can set your Facebook into Niuean
!!!Niuean Constitution (in Niuean !)
And to get an idea how it sounds like, here's a video about the Niue language week, both in Niuean and English :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hWo6pahNC0