Languages

Rapa Nui

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Introduction

Rapa Nui is a language of Chile. It is spoken in Easter Island, 3,800 km from Chile, 4,000 km from Tahiti. Also in French Polynesia, United States. .

Dialects

Lexical similarity: 64% with Hawaiian (See: Hawaiian), Mangareva (See: Mangareva), and Rarotongan (See: Rarotongan); 63% with Marquesan (See: Marquesan, North); 62% with Tahitian (See: Tahitian) and Tuamotuan (See: Tuamotuan).

The Rapa Nui Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitegau
to blowpuhi
to breathehaa
to burntutu
to buyho'o, mono
to chewmama
to choosevae
to climbeke
to cometu'u
to cooktunu
to counttataku
to crytagi, taŋi
to cut, hacka/bahi, avahi, hore, motu, tarai
to die, be deadmate
to digka/karo/, kakaro, keri
to dreammoe
to drinkunu
to eatkai
to fallhiga, hiŋa, topa
to fearmataku, riaria
to flowtehe
to flyrere
to growriku, tupu
to heargaro'a
to hideromi
to hittu'u, tutu
to holdaaru, kuku
to huntpoko
to killtiga'i
to know, be knowledgeableagi
to laughkata
to lie downmoe
to live, be aliveora
to open, uncoverhahata
to plantoka
to say
to scratchkatikati, raku
to seetikea
to sewtui, tui/tui
to sitnoho
to sleepmoe
to sniff, smellhogi, hoŋi
to spitàànu, aanu
to splitgaha, ihi, ŋahaa
to squeezegatu
to stab, piercehuki, oka
to standtu'u
to stealkori
to suckomo, omo/omo
to swellahu
to swimkau
to thinkmana'u
to throwbero, vero
to tie up, fastenha/ha'u/, haha'u
to turntaviri, teka
to walkhaere
to vomitrua
to workaga, haŋa
to yawnhaka/mama

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