Languages

Pukapuka

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Introduction

Pukapuka is a language of Cook Islands. It is spoken in Pukapuka and Nassau islands, northern Cook Islands; 200 in Rarotonga. Also in Australia, New Zealand. .

Dialects

Not intelligible with Rarotongan (See: Rarotongan) or other Cook Islands languages. Related to Samoan (See: Samoan).

The Pukapuka Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitekati
to blowpuyi, āngi
to breatheakaea
to burntutu
to buyoko
to chewngaungau
to choosekimi, wili
to climbkake, wiwiti ki lunga
to comelolo mai, lōmamai, wōmamai, yau
to cooktao, tunu, tunu pāni
to countkauwi, tatau, wakalau
to crytangi, tatangi, wetangi
to cut, hackkoti, yemu
to die, be deadmate, palewa, palewe, payako, pānakia
to digkeli, tolo
to dreammiti, moemiti
to drinkinu
to eatkai, kaikai, lamulamu, tamitami, taumamaya
to fallmakulu, pangulu, tō, yinga, yīyinga
to fearmataku, mātataku
to flowyeke
to flylele, pepeke, welele
to growtupu
to hearlangona, longo
to hidenanā
to hitpatu, vayi
to holdliko, tango
to huntulu, wuli, yākili
to killpatu
to know, be knowledgeableiloa, mau, māwutu, wanewane, īloloa
to laughkata, kākata
to lie downmoe ki lalo, takoto
to live, be aliveola, ōla
to open, uncoverwuke, wuwuke, yuke, yuyuke
to plantpoki, tanu, toki
to pound, beatpatupatu, tukituki
to saymea
to scratchlaku
to seekite, kitea
to sewtui
to shootwena
to sitnō, nōnō
to sleeplowi, moe, momoe
to sniff, smellyongi
to spitpuaki, yuuvale
to splitvavayi
to squeezekuku, kume
to stab, piercekō, yoka, yuki
to standtū, wetū
to stealkaiā
to suckmiti, ngote
to swellpupute
to swimkakau, tākele
to thinkmanako, manatu, mayala
to throwkamo, newu, tili, uti
to tie up, fastenyele
to turnniniwi, pale, paniwi, tipa, uwe, wuli
to walkyaele, yāeleele
to vomitlua, luaki
to workangānga, yanga
to yawnwaka/manga

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