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
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.