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Fakaalofa lahi atu!


My name is Brian, I am 13 years old, and I live in the United States.

I have an enthusiasm for a variety languages, including Esperanto, Chinese, Lingua Franca Nova, Volapük, Irish Gaelic, Turkish and many more.

Some of my other interest include practicing shorthand, playing cello, swimming, being obsessive about healthy vegetarian food and cooking, computers and programming, music and reading. 😉


I stumbled upon the Niuean language recently while surfing the web one day, and it immediately caught my eye. The island of Niue seemed like a charming place with friendly people and a fascinating language.

I have decided to endeavor to learn this Polynesian language as a unique addition to my studies. In order to increase my vocabulary and knowledge of its grammar, I created this blog to help me and any others out there (if any ;)) who wish to learn Niuean. I have no previous knowledge whatsoever with this language or any language similar to Niuean for that matter. However, I wish to learn it slowly and steadily and increase my knowledge of diverse types of languages.

My method with this blog will be to record and memorize around five new words/phrases every day, as well as some grammar points. Additionally, when I come across new websites, books and other resources, I will inform everyone about them in this weblog.


Hopefully this blog will come to your liking, and I encourage anyone who’s interested to comment or email me.




  1. Brian,

    Fakalofa lahi atu, I am a native speaker of the Niuean language and lives in Niue. This language does not have many speakers so do support other people from other languages learning it as well.



    Comment by Frank — March 19, 2009 @ 14:58 |Reply

    • Fakalofa lahi atu, Frank –

      I’m so happy that you found my website!
      I would love to travel to Niue one day, and find the Niuean language so fascinating!
      I want to keep the language alive by learning it.

      Thank you,

      Comment by esperantist — March 22, 2009 @ 16:04 |Reply

  2. Hi Brian

    I stumbled across your blog and was fascinated to discover that you are only 13 and non-Niuean. I want to congratulate you on your efforts to learn the language, as many Niueans in NZ do not understand or speak their own language. I am not fluent in the language myself, but I do understand it. All the best.

    Auckland, NZ

    Comment by Sandy — May 13, 2009 @ 20:47 |Reply

    • Hi, Sandy –
      I’m so happy that you found my blog! I think the Niuean language is so interesting and I really would like to learn it.
      I have no affiliation whatsoever with Niue or New Zealand but found out about them and now I am really interested.
      I’m glad that you found my blog; however, I have not been keeping us as I should!
      I just ordered Learning Niuean by Aiao Kulima and I hope it comes soon so I can begin my studies.

      Thank you-

      Comment by esperantist — May 13, 2009 @ 21:10 |Reply

  3. Hi,

    It was great to read about your interest in Niuean. I am a professor of linguistics and I work on the Niuean language. I have published dozens of articles about it. Like you, I came across it by chance, in my university library, at MIT, and was really taken with it. I have travelled to Niue – you should try to go there, it is a unique and wonderful country. I don’t speak Niuean, but I know a lot about its grammar and vocabulary and can read it – though I need my dictionary close at hand.

    Good luck with your studies – you should consider taking linguistics in university!


    Comment by Diane — May 28, 2009 @ 09:38 |Reply

    • Hello –

      Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner on this.
      I’m so happy that you found my blog!

      Niue is such a cool place; it’s language too is fun and fascinating.
      I hope to one day, once I’ve studied the language for a longer time, go to Niue and speak with the natives.

      Thank you, and feel free to comment any time ~

      Comment by esperantist — June 1, 2009 @ 21:11 |Reply

  4. Fakaalofa atu Brian

    I just wanted to congratulate you for your interest in our language. I am Niuean and a native speaker. I live in NZ and I hope to return to live on Niue so my children can learn Niuean


    Comment by colin — September 29, 2009 @ 02:58 |Reply

    • Hi Colin,

      Thanks so much! Glad you like it.
      I need to get back on with doing this blog; I haven’t updated in awhile.

      Best wishes,

      Comment by esperantist — September 29, 2009 @ 14:54 |Reply

  5. This blog is DEAD. Pity really as I am keen to learn Niuean myself.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 11, 2011 @ 01:52 |Reply

    • Hi! I’m sorry about the deadness. So many things going I forget how great it is to study Niuean! I may be back shortly but if not, best of luck with your studies. Niuean is awesome 🙂

      Comment by esperantist — July 18, 2011 @ 20:12 |Reply

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