Logona Vagahau Totou Tohi Niue

March 5, 2009

Day One

Fakaalofi lahi atu –

 

This is my first day of vocabulary and grammar points to learn.

Every day, I plan to record and memorize five new Niuean words/phrases, as well as some grammar rules.

Today’s words are mostly common phrases and basic grammar to get a jumpstart on learning Niuean.

 

1.  Fakaalofa atu  hello; greetings 

2.  Malolo nakai a koe? – How are you?

3.  Mitaki – Good

4.  Koe kia – Good-bye

5.  Nakai – No

 

Grammar…

1.  The Niuean alphabet has fifteen letters: a, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, t, u, v. Each letter must be distinctively pronounced, and vowels have a short and long form.

2.  There are no consonant clusters in Niuean, nor can a syllable end in a consonant.

3.  The accent of a word is on the penultimate (one before last) syllable, unless otherwise specified by an accent mark. Emphasis should be placed on the last word of a sentence.

 

Enjoy!

-Brian

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