What about something more unusual even than tagalog, hausa or quichua? Tongan, (lea faka-Tonga), is one of the two official languages of the Kingdom of Tonga in western Polynesia. Here anyone interested in learning tongan can leave a message. If there is a sufficient interest we can start learning it, talking about it and exchanging ideas in general. I am not a native Tongan, I am just the only person in Unilang who can speak tongan at a satisfying level. I couldn't find any tongan speakers here so I decided to create some in order to have pals to chat with in this very interesting, smooth and melodic language. I'd be glad to share with you everything I know and thus improve my knowledge too. Any kind of help is welcomed.
Some things about Tonga and tongan:
Tonga is a group of about 170 islands in western Polynesia in the south Pacific, next to Fiji and Samoa. Archaelogists and linguistic research have shown that the first settlers came at around 1000 BC probably from New Guinea, Indonesia or Philipines. They formed many chiefdoms in the islands which have been united in 1845 into one Kingdom by the King Taufa'ahau Siaosi Tupou I. Tonga is the only country in the region which has never been a colony. Till nowadays they remain the last polynesian Kingdom, almost an absolute monarchy. There are about 110.000 Tongans living in Tonga and about 60.000 or more overseas.
The tongan language, (a language of the austronesian group), is one of the oldest polynesian languages and the most conservative of all (the populations that settled the rest of Polynesia have begun their journey from Tonga and Samoa). It maintains more phonemes than any other and also it uses the consonants more. It is very close to the languages of Niue and Uvea (Wallis isl.), and similar to samoan, tuvaluan, tahitian, maori and hawaiian, although not mutually intelligible. It is today the mother language of about 120.000 people.
With the assistance of some books, tapes, magazines and two dictionnaries I will try to do my best for you. I have also been in contact with some Tongan friends asking for their help.
Anyone interested please leave a message. The beginning of the courses is not arranged yet (of course).
Last edited by ego
on 2005-01-21, 21:56, edited 2 times in total.