Traveling to Tahiti? Here is a 2nd guide on the language

October 31, 2012 · Print This Article

Give yourself a reward for learning some of the language - here is a massage at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa on the island of Bora Bora, French Polynesia!

Lesson 2 is about to begin - but here is a refresher course on the Tahitian alphabet:

The Tahitian alphabet contains only thirteen letters.

Tahitian Vowels: a as incar, e as in may, i as in machine, o as in cold, and u as in salute.

Tahitian Consonants: f,h,m,n,p,r,t,v pronounced as in English with the exceptions of theh pronounced sh when preceded by i or followed by o and the r sometimes having a trill sound.

doctor - taote
police - muto’i

man - tane

woman - vahine
child - tamarii

yes - e, oi

house - fare

no - aita

small - iti
big, large - nui

islet in the lagoon - motu
ancient temple - marae
traditional quilts - tifaifai
traditional dance - tamurei
fenua - land
flower - tiare
ocean - moana
sun - mahana
moon - avae
star - fetia
earth oven - himaa
feast - tamaaraa

morning - poipoi
evening - ahiahi

For more information on the islands of Tahiti - call me, Teresa your Travel Gal at 800 644-6659 or email

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