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Tokelau Language Week

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Last updated by Jill Hammonds

  Tokelau Language Week

 

Mālo ni and welcome to Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau Tokelau Language Week

The theme this year is:

Ko te au o mātua, ko fānau:
At the core of a parents heart, are their children.

Lets start off our short week with some Tokelauan greetings

Fakafeiloaki – Greetings
Mālo ni! – Hello
Ulu tonu mai – Welcome
E fakafeiloaki atu – We greet you
Fakafetai – Thank you
Tōfā ni – Good bye.

You can test a few words online here

To learn a little more about Tokelau, it's atolls, people and culture you can visit their site here or follow the week on Facebook

Pehe (song)

Tokelau Medley, "Ko Tonuia/Kaimoana"

Alagākupu (proverb)

Ko te tama a te manu e fafaga i na ika, 
ka ko te tama a te tagata e fafaga i na kupu.

Birds feed their young with fish, 
humans feed their young with words. 

Message: Nourish our children with the language.

Tokelau image

Carrying on from yesterdays greetings we have a few short phrases to practice with a friend: 

Tip: The Tokelauan language is very similar to Samoan but much softer sounding.. i.e the 'f' is pronounced as an 'h' - give it a go :)

Te mānaia o te aho - It is a beautiful day
Te mānaia o nā hiva faka-Tokelau - Tokelau dancing is beautiful
Ko te ākoga e lelei - School is good
Ko koe te mata mālohi - You look well 

Ko nā fuainumela – Numbers 

tahi – 1
lua – 2
tolu – 3
fa – 4
lima – 5
ono – 6
fitu – 7
valu – 8
iva – 9
hefulu - 10

Alagākupu (proverb)

E i mua lava te fakanauga
What you wish for, will come.

Message: Be positive, your blessing will come

Pehe (song)
Tokelau Anthem

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