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Fijian phrasebook

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Jan 11, 2022

Fijian (Na Vosa Vakaviti) is the main language of Fiji.

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  • a as in father
  • e as in bait, but without the ‘y’ glide at the end
  • i as in beat, but without the ‘y’ glide at the end
  • o as in boat, but without the ‘w’ glide at the end
  • u as in boot, but without the ‘w’ glide at the end

The consonants that are rather different from in English are:

  • b as ‘mb’ in member
  • d as ‘nd’ in Monday
  • q as ‘ng’ plus ‘g’ in finger
  • g as ‘ng’ in singer
  • c as ‘th’ in father

Some phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about this language, you can help by plunging forward and translating a phrase.

I’m fine
Hello. 
Ni Sa Bula (Nnee-Sah-Buhlah)
Hello. (informal) 
Bula. (Buhlah) literally means “life”
How are you? 
Formal: Sa Vaka eVei tiko? Informal (Sah Vaka eVeih?)
Fine, thank you. 
Bula Bula Vinaka Tiko, Vinaka (Buhlah Buhlah Vee-nah-kah teekoh )
What is your name? 
O Cei na yacamu? (Oh-they nah ya-tha muuh?)
My name is ______ . 
Na yacaqu ko ______ . (Na ya-tha-ngu koh _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
. ( )
Please. 
Kerekere. (Kerreh-kerreh)
Thank you. 
Vinaka. (Vee-Nah-Kah )
Thank you very much. 
Formal/informal Vinaka vaka levu! (Vee-Nah-Kah Vahkah Le Vuuh )
You’re welcome. 
. (Smile )
Yes. 
Io . (Ee-yo )
No. 
Sega. (Sengah)
Excuse me. (getting attention) 
Kemuni. ( Khe-muh-ni)
Excuse me.
Tulou. (too-low )
I’m sorry. 
Vosoti au. (Vo-so-tee ow)
Goodbye 
Moce. (Mo-they)
Goodbye. Formal (Nnee Sah Mow They) Informal
Moce: (Mow They)
I can’t speak name of language [well]. 
Au sega ni vosa vaka Viti []. (Ah uuh sen ngah nee vosah vaka Viti’ [Formal])
Do you speak English? 
E rawa beka mo vosa vakavalagi? (Ko ni kila na vosa Vaka Valagi?) (con knee keyla na vossa vakah Viti?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
E tiko beka eke edua, e rawa ni vosa vakavalagi? (Ee teako bekah ekeh eduah e rahwa knee vosah vakah Viti?)
Help! 
Kere veivuke! (keh-reh vehi vukhe!)
Look out! 
Raica! (Rai-tha!)
Good morning. Formal 
Ni Sa Yadra! (Nee Sa Yandra)
Good evening. 
. ( )
Good night. 
. ( )
Good night (to sleep) Moce
. (mo-they)
I don’t know. 
Au sega ni kila. (Aah Uuu Senga Nnee kee-lah)
Where is the bathroom? 
E vei na valelailai? (Eeh Vhei nah vahle lahilahi?)
Good Bye 
Moce (“Mow-they”): Nnee
No Worries 
Sega na Lega (“Senga-na-lenga”)
How Much? 
E Vica (Eeh-vee-tha?) Formal: E vica na kena i sau (Eeh Veetha nah kenah i sah uu?)
See you again 
Sota Tale (Soh-tah-tah-lay)

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