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2018 Fiji Day, Melton - 13/10/18.

LEARN THE FIJIAN LANGUAGE

​BULA VINAKA. Come learn the Fijian Language with us. IT IS FUN. You should try and know a few basic Fijian words before you meet Fijians. They will love you for that.
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Pronunciation
Vowels

“a” is “ah” as in father, but shorter.

"e" is "eh" as in egg.

“i” is”e” as in sit or “ee” as in knee.

“o” is “or” as in on.

“u” is”oo” as in tatoo or “u” as in put.

 

Letters (b to n)

​B (b)

“ba” is “mbah” as in but.

​Letter "b" with accompanying vowels "e, i, o. u."

"be" is "mbhe" as in bet. The island of Beqa is pronounced “Mbeng-gah”.

"bi" is "be" as in bee.

"bo" is "mboh" as in boat.

"bu" is "boo" as in boot. You’ll hear “bula” or “hello” many times. You may notice the slight humming “m”, almost silent at the beginning. When something precedes the “b”, then the “m” sound becomes more pronounced. The formal “hello”, Ni Sa Bula, is pronounced “ni sahm” boola”.

 

C (c)

“ca” is “the” as in “thumb”.

Letter "c" with accompanying vowels "e, i, o. u."

"ce" is "they (silent y)" as in that. So “moce” meaning goodbye is pronounced “moe-they”.

"ci" is "thee" as in think.

"co" is "tho" as in thought.

"cu" is "thoo" as in through.

 

​D (d)

“da” is “dah” as in dart.

Letter "d" with accompanying vowels "e, i, o. u."

"de" is "dhe" as in date.

"di" is "dee" as in dig. The correct pronunciation of Nadi, is closer to “Nahn-di” than “Nan-di”.

"do" is "dho" as in dough.

"du" is "doo" as in duplicate.

 

F (f)

"fa" is "far" as in father.

Letter "f" with accompanying vowels "e, i, o. u."

"fe" is "feh" as in fetch.

"fi" is "fhi" as in physical.

"fo" is "foh" as in phone.

"fu" is "phoo" as in food.

 

G (g)

"ga" is "gah" as in singer.

Letter "g" with accompanying vowels "e, i, o. u."

"ge" is "geh" as in sing-it.

"gi" is "ghi" as in singing.

"go" is "goh" as in son(gho).

"gu" is "ghoo" as in good.

 

J (j)

“ja” is “cha” as in “champion”.

Letter "c" with accompanying vowels "e, i, o. u."

"je" is "che" as in change. 

"ji" is "chee" as in cheese.

"jo" is "cho" as in chalk.

"ju" is "choo" as in choose.

 

K (k)

“ka” is “kha” as in “colour”.

Letter "k" with accompanying vowels "e, i, o. u."

"ke" is "khe" as in cake. 

"ki" is "kee" as in key.

"ko" is "kho" as in cocoa.

"ku" is "khoo" as in cookie.

 

L (l)

“la” is “lah” as in “colour”.

Letter "l" with accompanying vowels "e, i, o. u."

"le" is "leh" as in lemon. 

"li" is "lee" as in limosine.

"lo" is "loh" as in low.

"lu" is "loo" as in loot.

 

M (m)

“ma” is “mah” as in “mum”.

Letter "m" with accompanying vowels "e, i, o. u."

"me" is "meh" as in met. 

"mi" is "mee" as in me.

"mo" is "moh" as in mosquito.

"mu" is "moo" as in movie.

 

N (n)

“na” is “nah” as in “nun”.

Letter "n" with accompanying vowels "e, i, o. u."

"ne" is "nhe" as in net. 

"ni" is "nee" as in knee.

"no" is "noh" as in know.

"nu" is "noo" as in canoe.

 

P (p)

“pa” is “par” as in “partner”.

Letter "n" with accompanying vowels "e, i, o. u."

"pe" is "phe" as in perimeter. 

"pi" is "pee" as in peace.

"po" is "poh" as in pocket.

"pu" is "poo" as in put.

 

Q (q)

“qa” is “qah” as in “gut”.

Letter "n" with accompanying vowels "e, i, o. u."

"qe" is "ghe" as in get. 

"qi" is "gee" as in ghee.

"qo" is "goh" as in got.

"qu" is "goo" as in good.

 

R (r)

“ra” is “rah” as in “round”.

Letter "n" with accompanying vowels "e, i, o. u."

"re" is "rhe" as in rent. 

"ri" is "re" as in wrist.

"ro" is "roh" as in raw.

"ru" is "roo" as in kangaroo.

 

S (s)

“sa” is “sar” as in “Saturday”.

Letter "n" with accompanying vowels "e, i, o. u."

"se" is "seh" as in sell. 

"si" is "see" as in seek.

"so" is "soh" as in sold.

"su" is "soo" as in sooth.

 

T (t)

“ta” is “tah” as in “tunnel”.

Letter "n" with accompanying vowels "e, i, o. u."

"te" is "the" as in text. 

"ti" is "tee" as in tea.

"to" is "toh" as in toll.

"tu" is "too" as in took.

 

V (v)

“va” is “vah” as in “vulture”.

Letter "n" with accompanying vowels "e, i, o. u."

"ve" is "vhe" as in vacate. 

"vi" is "vee" as in visit.

"vo" is "voh" as in volcano.

"vu" is "voo" as in voodoo.

 

W (w)

“wa” is “wah” as in “what”.

Letter "n" with accompanying vowels "e, i, o. u."

"we" is "whe" as in went. 

"wi" is "wee" as in win.

"wo" is "woh" as in worst.

"wu" is "woo" as in woman.

 

Y (y)

“ya” is “yah” as in “yarn”.

Letter "n" with accompanying vowels "e, i, o. u."

"ye" is "yhe" as in yes 

"yi" is "yee" as in yeast.

"yo" is "yoh" as in york.

"yu" is "you" as in you.


​Some everyday Fijian words that is easy to learn:

 

EnglishFijian (phonetic syllables)
good morningni sa yadra (ni sah yan dra)
hello!bula (mboolah)
goodbyeni sa moce (nee sar mothey)
pleaseyalo vinaka (yalo vee nah-kah)
excuse metulou (too low)
yesio (ee-oh)
thank youvinaka (vee nah-kah)
nosega (sen-gah)
eatkana (kah nah)
villagekoro (kho-raw)
lady

marama (mah rah mah)

yalewa ​(yah-leh-wah)

mister

turaga (too rah gah)

tagine ​(tah-gah-neh)

littlelailai ( lie lie)
plentylevu (leh voo)
quicklytotolo (toh toh loh)
housevale (vah leh)
toiletvale lailai (vah leh lie lie)
comelako mai (lah ko my)
golako (lah koh)
bringkauta mai (kah oo tah my)
one moredua tale (ndua tah lay)
go awaylako tani (lah-koh tah-nee)
evadelevea (leh-veh-yah)
what is thisna cava oqo (nha thavah or go)
drinkgunu (goo noo)
coconutniu (new)
I wantau vinakata (aoo vinah kahtah)
churchvale ni lotu (vahle nee lohtoo)
shopsitoa (seetoah)
EnglishFijian (phonetic syllables)
milksucu (soo - thoo)
saltmasima (mah-see-mah)
sugarsuka (soo-kah)
matibe (e-beh)
tableteveli (teh-veh-lee)
chairdabedabe (dah-beh-dah-beh)
beddavodavo (dah-voh-dah-voh)
bottletavaya (tah-vah-yah)
cupbilo (bee-loh)
plateveleti (veh-leh-tee)
pillowlokoloko (lo-koh-loh-koh)
blankettutuvi (too-too-vee)
shirtsote (soh-teh)
pantstarausese (tar-raw-seh-seh)
shoesivava  (e-vah-vah)
sockssitokini (see-toh-kee-nee)
bookivola (e-voh-lah)
penpeni (peh-nee)
pencilpenikau (peh-nee-cow)
your/yoursnomu (naw-moo)
minenoqu (naw-goo)
us (2 people)kedaru (keh-dah-roo)
us (3 people)kedatou (keh-dah-tow)
us (crowd)keda (keh-dah)
drinkgunu (goo noo)
I/meo au (or-ya-oo)
runcici (thee-thee)
run to mecici mai (the-the-my)
go to him/her

lako vei koya (lah-koh vey koyah)

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