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Useful Tongan phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Tongan, an Austronesian language spoken mainly in
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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = said to one person, dl = said to
two people, tr = said to three people

Faka-Tonga (Tongan)


Talitali fiefia

Hello (General greeting)

Mālō e lelei (inf)
Mālō ‘etau lava (frm)

How are you?

Fēfē hake? (sg)
Mo fēfē hake? (dl)
Mou fēfē hake? (tr)

Reply to 'How are you?'

Sai pē, mālō, fēfē koe?

Long time no see

Fuoloa 'e fepulingaki

What's your name?

Ko hai ho hingoa?

My name is ...

Ko hoku hingoa ko...

Where are you from?

Ko ho'o ha'u mei fe?

I'm from ...

Ko 'eku ha'u mei ...

Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)

Mālō tau ma‘u e pongipongi ni

Good day Mālō e lelei Mālō e laumalie (to a chief) Mālō e lakoifua (to a monarch) Good afternoon (Afternoon greeting) Mālō tau ma‘u e ho‘ata ni Good evening (Evening greeting) Mālō tau ma‘u e efiafi ni Good night Po‘uli a Mohe a Goodbye (Parting phrases) ‘Alu a (to sb going) Faka’au ā (to sb going .vfrm) Nofo ā (to sb staying) Toki sio (see you later .inf) Good luck Monū'ia Cheers! Good Health! (Toasts used when drinking) Have a nice day Bon appetit / Have a nice meal Bon voyage / Have a good journey I understand ‘Oku mahino kiate ‘au I don't understand ‘ikai mahino Please speak more slowly Fakamolemole duku ho lea vave Please say that again Fakamolemole toe tala mai Please write it down Kataki ‘o tohi‘i mai Do you speak English? ‘Oku ke lava ‘o lea faka-pālangi? .

.. in Tongan? Ko e hā ‘a e le‘a faka-Tonga ki he . (>children & young people) 'E totongi kātoa 'ehe fefine.Do you speak Tongan? ‘Oku ke lava ‘o lea faka-Tonga? Yes.. a little (reply to 'Do you speak . (>married & middle aged people) 'E totongi kātoa 'ehe fine'eiki....? Excuse me Kātaki Tulou How much is this? ‘Oku fiha e? Fija hono totongi? Sorry Fakamolemole Please Kātaki Thank you Mālō Mālō ‘aupito Reply to thank you ‘Io mālō Where's the toilet? Ko fē ‘a e falemālōlō? 'E totongi kātoa 'ehe tamasi'i. (>the elderly) Would you like to dance with me? Teke lava tauolunga mo au? I love you ‘Oku ou ‘ofa ‘ia koe . (>children & young people) 'E totongi kātoa 'ehe tangata.?') ‘Oku ou lea faka-Tonga si’isi’i pē How do you say . This gentleman will pay for everything (>married & middle aged people) 'E totongi kātoa 'ehe tangata'eiki. (>the elderly) This lady will pay for everything 'E totongi kātoa 'ehe tahine.

” 5) Ta’e – When used before a word it is the equivalent to “less.Get well soon Leave me alone! Help! Tokoni mai! Fire! Koe afi! Stop! Tuku ia! Call the police! Teu ta ki he polise! Christmas and New Year greetings Kilisimasi fiefia mo ha ta'u fo'ou monū'ia Easter greetings Ma'u ha 'aho Pekia fiefia.” 7) Tepilo is “to fart.” and is used quite frequently in Tonga to declare the end of a presentation or speech etc. 2) Potu – penis. Here’s a list of some of the good (but. Again. Birthday greetings Ma'u ha 'aho fiefie Ma'u ha 'aho fa'ele'i fiefia One language is never enough He'ikai fe'unga ke 'ilo ha lea 'e taha. “careless” or “without care”). quick to learn. which means “to drive. My hovercraft is full of eels Why this phrase? Hoku vakapuna tētē 'i 'olunga fono 'i he toke. which means “finished.g.” (e. it means “my boob. Dangerously close to ‘osi. it means “my fork.” 4) Huhu – If you say ‘eku huhu. .” or “without.” If you say hoku huhu.” or “done. mostly bad) kapekape that Group 79 PCTs have accidentally come across: 1) ‘Usi – a**hole. which means smart or clever.” Tepile is table. 3) Fie’uli – horny. 6) Fai – Most of the time it means “do. it means sh*t.” Fie’uli is very different from faka’uli.” as in “what did you do this weekend?” Other times it means “to f*ck. When not used before another word. dangerously close to poto. literally translates to “to want the dirty.

Ono ono is the word for the number 66. a very common nickname for Tupou in Tonga. 9) One of the other PCTs called her host mom po.” or fufulu ipu. Fulu is “pubic hair. 10) I repeated the word fulu in Taua’s ear literally seven times until he laughingly begged me to stop saying that.” . a. I was trying to tell him that I was “washing the dishes. Her name is Pou. Fulu is not fufulu.” for the first three weeks of training. Distinguishing the difference in pronunciation is a matter of finesse.8) ‘Ono’ono – to moon someone.a. to drop trough and show someone your pale booty view. or “toilet bowl.k.