Logona Vagahau Totou Tohi Niue

April 2, 2009

Day Eight

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Fakalofa lahi atu –

Here is Day Eight for learning Niuean words.
I want to note that I’ll be traveling until next Friday, and therefore won’t be able to post. I apologize; enjoy your Spring holiday!

For greeting people…

Fakaalofa atu Hello / Hi there / Greetings
Fakaalofa lahi atu ki a koe Greetings to you (one person)
Fakaalofa lahi atu ki a mua Hello / Greetings to you both (two persons)
Fakaalofa lahi atu ki a mutolu oti Greetings to you all (three or more persons)
Fakaalofa hofihofi atu Precious greetings to you
Fakaalofa age ki a lautolu Greetings to them

Enjoy!
-Brian

March 29, 2009

Day Seven

Filed under: Daily Words and Grammar — by esperantist @ 20:09
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Fakalofa lahi atu –

 

Here are today’s words…about the kitchen!

Thank you, ‘Vagahau Niue’ website.

Kitchen items
titipi knife
kapiniu inu cup
sipunu spoon
kalase glass
kapiniu lapalapa plate
sitou stove
puha tu toka kai / sefe cupboard
filisa fridge

Fondly,
Brian

March 27, 2009

Day Six

Filed under: Daily Words and Grammar — by esperantist @ 17:34
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Fakalofa lahi atu –

 

Wow, 13 days since my last post. I truly apologize for not keeping up with this blog.

 

Today’s words are concerning location.

luga top, above hanei here
lalo bottom, under, below hana there
loto inside uta east side
fafo outside tua back, far side
vaha loto between, middle  …Enjoy! 

March 14, 2009

Day Five

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Fakaalofa lahi atu –

 

I apologize for not adding new words to this site lately.

I plan to soon form some sentences and make some reviews on resources!

 

Here are today’s words…

ulu head
mata face
tau pūmata eyes
teliga ear
ihu nose
gutu mouth 

 

Thanks!

-Brian

March 9, 2009

Day Four

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Day four! Here are the numbers to study for today.

Nakai / 0 Nil / Zero 0
Taha One 1
Ua Two 2
Tolu Three 3
Fa Four 4
Lima Five 5
Ono Six 6
Fitu Seven 7
Valu Eight 8
Hiva Nine 9
Hogofulu Ten 10

 

Great!

-Brian

March 8, 2009

Day Three

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Fakaalofa lahi atu –

 

I apologize for not writing yesterday. These words will be for Day Three. I have included seven words, as these tend to be grouped together as “interrogative” words, and should be included in one ‘lesson’.

 

1.  Tau huhu = questions

2.  Ko hai = who

3.  Ko e heigoa = what

4.  Ko fe = where

5.  A fe = when

6.  Ko e ha = why

7.  Ha e fe = which

 

Grammatical points…

1.  Gender is expressed by the addition of “tane” for male and “fifine” for female.

2.  The plural is indicated by a word prefixed to a noun — either “na” or “tau“. The former indicates two or a small number, while the latter indicated unlimited plural.

 

Enjoy!

-Brian

March 6, 2009

Day Two

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Fakaalofa lahi atu – 

 

It is the second day of my Niue daily studies.

Here are today’s words and grammar points…

 

1.  Logona – To hear; to sense correctly; to understand

2.  Vagahau – To speak

3.  Totou – To read

4.  Tohi – To write

5.  Niue – Behold the coconut! (also the name of the island itself ;))

 

Grammar points…

1.  There is one official article: “ko e“, which is used as both the indefinite and definite article (the, a/an). However, an abbreviation of “taha – one”, “ha” is used for the indefinite article (a/an) sometimes..

2.  Proper names take “ko” before them in the nominative case.

3.  With the conjunction, “mo – and”, “ko” is dropped.

 

See, even with grammar you are learning some vocabulary!

As the amount of vocabulary builds, I plan to try to create some sentences for practice as well!

 

Koe kia,

-Brian

 

P.S. — Can you figure out what the title of my blog means? 😉

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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