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Rarotongan

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Introduction

Rarotongan is a language of Cook Islands. It is spoken in 13 Cook Islands. Also in French Polynesia, New Zealand, United States. .

Dialects

Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia, Mauke, Mitiaro, Rarotonga. Lexical similarity: 83% with Tuamotuan (See: Tuamotuan), 79% with Hawaiian (See: Hawaiian), 75% with Mangareva (See: Mangareva), 73% with Marquesan (See: Marquesan, North).

The Rarotongan Verb

Sample Verbs

to biteeti, kati
to blowàrara, angi, puì
to breathengaa
to burnta'u, tutungi
to buy'oko
to chew-ìa, ngau-a
to chooseìri
to climbkake-a -ìa -na
to cometātā'i
to cookta'u, tao
to counttatau, tārē
to crytangi
to cut, hackkokoti, kootia, motu, tarai, vaaì/a
to die, be deadmate, po'e
to digkeri
to dreammoemoeaa
to drinkinu
to eatkai-nga
to fallìnga, makuru, marere, topa
to feariì, mataku
to flowta'e
to flyrere
to growtupu
to hearrongo
to hidepi(i)pini, puni
to hitpaakia, papaki, patu, taa, ta-ia, tuki
to holdkuku-a, puke/na, tango
to huntapuapu, kimi
to killkikini, putu, tā, tāmate, tāmatemate
to know, be knowledgeablekite, maatau
to laughkata
to lie down'akatakoto, 'akatīpapa, moe
to live, be alivemauri, ora
to open, uncover'akangangata, 'akapu'ata, 'akatū'era'era
to planttanu, tanutanu, tatanu
to pound, beattuki
to sayaraara, karanga, kōrero, tuatua
to scratchraku(raku), raraku
to seekite
to sewtui
to shoottaa/àna/
to sitno'o
to sleepmoe
to sniff, smell'ongi
to spitpuaki, tu/tuà/
to splitngaàa, tapaì, vaaì
to squeezeromi, tatau
to stab, piercepātia, pātiatia, vero, verovero
to standtuu
to stealkeiaa
to suck-ìa, miti, ngote-a
to swell'akangē(ngē), 'akapetetue, ngaru, ōpuepue, ē
to swimkau
to thinkmaàra
to throw-ìa, maka, peeì-a, tii, tiri
to tie up, fasten-ìa, ìitiki-a, -na, nati-a, rii, taapeka
to turn'akapa'e, 'iki'iki
to walkàere
to vomitpuaki, rua/ki
to workànga/ànga
to yawnàamama

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