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Fijian

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Introduction

Fijian is a language of Fiji. It is spoken in East half of Viti Levu and eastern offshore islands, Kadavu island, Vanua Levu and offshore islands, Nayau, Lakeba, Oneata, Moce, Komo, Namuka, Kabara, Vulaga, Ogea, and Vatoa islands. Also in Nauru, New Zealand, United States, Vanuatu. .

Dialects

Bau (Bauan, Mbau), Central Vanua Levu (Baaravi, Nabalebale, Savusavu, Seaqaaqaa), Kadavu (Nabukelevu, Ono, Tavuki), Northeast Vanua Levu (Dogotuki Saqani, Korolau, Labasa), Northeast Viti Levu (Lovoni, Namena, Tokaimalo), Southeast Vanua Levu (Baumaa, Navatu-C, Naweni, Tunuloa), Southeast Viti Levu (Lutu, Naimasimasi, Nandrau, Waidina), West Vanua Levu (Bua, Navakasiga, Navatu-B, Soolevu). Southern Vanua Levu has several dialects similar to Bau dialect. On Northern Vanua, Levu, and adjacent islands people speak a somewhat related variety. Bau is very similar to standard Fijian, used as traditional lingua franca among Fijians.

The Fijian Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitekata, kati-a
to blowliwa, uvuca, uvu-ca
to breathecagu, cegu-va
to burnkama, vaka-caudre-va
to buyvoli-a
to chewmama-a, namu-ta
to choosedigi-a
to climbcabe
to comelako mai
to cook[vaka] saqa-a
to countoka-ta, wiliwili
to crytagi
to cut, hacktataya, tatā
to die, be deadmate
to digkelia, keli-a
to dreamtadra-a
to drinkgunu, gunu-va
to eatkana, kani-a
to falllutu, lutu-ka
to fearrere-vaka, somo bula
to flowdrodro, drōdrō-va
to flymo vuka
to growtubu
to hearrogoca, rogo-ca
to hidevuni-a
to hitmokuta, vacu-a, yavi-ta
to holdtaura
to huntvaka-sasa-a
to killmoku-ta, vakamatea, vaka-mate-a
to know, be knowledgeablegauna oqo, kila-a
to laughdredre
to lie downdavo
to live, be alivebula
to open, uncoverdola-va
to plantte-a
to pound, beattuki-a
to saykaya
to scratchkadru-va, mila, mila-a
to seeraica, rai-ca
to sewcula-a, culacula
to shootvana
to sitdabe, dabe-ca
to sleepmoce, momoce
to sniff, smellmo boica, regu-ca
to spitkasivi-ta, mo kasiyi
to splitmo kolata, tase-a
to squeezeboo, mo labaka
to stab, piercemo suaka, sua-ka
to standmo tucake, tū
to stealbutako-ca
to suckdomi-ca, mo domica, sucu-ma
to swellmo tiloma, vuce
to swimmo qalo
to thinkmo vakasama, nanu-ma
to throwmo viri, viri-taka
to tie up, fastenbuki-a, vau-ca
to turngole-a, mo vuki
to walklako, mo iako
to vomitlua-ca, mo lua
to workcakacaka
to yawn[vaka]lāmawa

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