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Tuvaluan

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Introduction

Tuvaluan is a language of Tuvalu. It is spoken in Tuvalu, 7 of the 9 inhabited islands. Also in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand. .

Dialects

North Tuvaluan (Nanumanga, Nanumea, Niutao), South Tuvaluan (Funafuti, Nukufetau, Nukulaelae, Vaitupu). Not intelligible with Samoan (See: Samoan). Formerly used as mission language. Intelligible of Tokelau (See: Tokelauan). Southern dialect is official.

The Tuvaluan Verb

Sample Verbs

to blowagi, puhi
to breathegaegae, maanava, mapu
to burntafu, tugia, tutu, tuugina
to buyfakatau mai, tata
to chewgau, gugu, lamu, mama
to choosefili
to climbkake
to comehau, mai
to cooktunu
to countlau, tau
to crytagi
to cut, hackhe/hele/, ihi, kati, motu, talai
to die, be deadmate
to digkeli, kenu, koli
to dreammiti, moemiti
to drinkinu
to eatkai
to fallhiga, too
to fearhapole, hee, mataku
to flowhua, lofia, tafe
to flyeva, kopa, lele
to growhomo, tupu
to hearlagona, logo
to hidefakalilo, fuu, mmuni, mumuni
to hitpaa, patu, taa, tuki
to holdpuke, tago
to hunttu/tuli
to killtaa mate
to know, be knowledgeableiloa, kkafi, matau
to laughkata
to lie downfakapale, moe ki lalo
to live, be aliveola
to open, uncoverhue, mafela, ta/tala, tatala
to pound, beattuki, tukituki
to sayfai, faipati, taku
to scratchalati
to seekilo, lavea, pula
to sewtui
to shootfana
to sitnofo, noho
to sleepmoe
to sniff, smellhogi, hohoŇči, mahogi
to spitanu, puaki, puhi
to splitihi, ma/faa
to squeezekukumi, lomi, tau
to stab, pierceho/hoka/, huki, tui, velo
to standtuu
to stealk/kamo/, kaiaa
to suckmimiti
to swellfe/fete/, fefete, fu/fula, fufula
to swimkakau
to thinklagona, maafaufau, manatu
to throwapa, pei, tupe
to tie up, fastenfa/fau, lii, lii/lii, noa, noanoa
to turntakapili, ui
to walkhaele, saale
to vomitlua
to workhaga
to yawnmaavaava, maavava

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