Open main menu

Austronesian language of the Malayo-Polynesian family spoken in Fiji

Fijian (Na Vosa Vakaviti) is the main language of Fiji.

Pronunciation guideEdit

VowelsEdit

  • a as in father
  • e as in bait, but without the 'y' glide at the end
  • i as in beat, but without the 'y' glide at the end
  • o as in boat, but without the 'w' glide at the end
  • u as in boot, but without the 'w' glide at the end

ConsonantsEdit

The consonants that are rather different from in English are:

  • b as 'mb' in member
  • d as 'nd' in Monday
  • q as 'ng' plus 'g' in finger
  • g as 'ng' in singer
  • c as 'th' in father

Phrase listEdit

BasicsEdit

Some phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about this language, you can help by plunging forward and translating a phrase.

I'm fine
Hello. 
Ni Sa Bula (Nnee-Sah-Buhlah)
Hello. (informal
Bula. (Buhlah) literally means "life"
How are you? 
Formal: Sa Vaka eVei tiko? Informal (Sah Vaka eVeih?)
Fine, thank you. 
Bula Bula Vinaka Tiko, Vinaka (Buhlah Buhlah Vee-nah-kah teekoh )
What is your name? 
O Cei na yacamu? (Oh-they nah ya-tha muuh?)
My name is ______ . 
Na yacaqu ko ______ . (Na ya-tha-ngu koh _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
. ( )
Please. 
Kerekere. (Kerreh-kerreh)
Thank you. 
Vinaka. (Vee-Nah-Kah )
Thank you very much.
Formal/informal Vinaka vaka levu! (Vee-Nah-Kah Vahkah Le Vuuh )
You're welcome. 
. (Smile )
Yes. 
Io . (Ee-yo )
No. 
Sega. (Sengah)
Excuse me. (getting attention
Kemuni. ( Khe-muh-ni)
Excuse me.
Tulou. (too-low )
I'm sorry. 
Vosoti au. (Vo-so-tee ow)
Goodbye 
Moce. (Mo-they)
Goodbye. Formal (Nnee Sah Mow They) Informal
Moce: (Mow They)
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
Au sega ni vosa vaka Viti []. (Ah uuh sen ngah nee vosah vaka Viti' [Formal])
Do you speak English? 
E rawa beka mo vosa vakavalagi? (Ko ni kila na vosa Vaka Valagi?) (con knee keyla na vossa vakah Viti?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
E tiko beka eke edua, e rawa ni vosa vakavalagi? (Ee teako bekah ekeh eduah e rahwa knee vosah vakah Viti?)
Help! 
Kere veivuke! (keh-reh vehi vukhe!)
Look out! 
Raica! (Rai-tha!)
Good morning. Formal 
Ni Sa Yadra! (Nee Sa Yandra)
Good evening. 
. ( )
Good night. 
. ( )
Good night (to sleep) Moce
. (mo-they)
I don't know. 
Au sega ni kila. (Aah Uuu Senga Nnee kee-lah)
Where is the bathroom? 
E vei na valelailai? (Eeh Vhei nah vahle lahilahi?)
Good Bye 
Moce ("Mow-they"): Nnee
No Worries 
Sega na Lega ("Senga-na-lenga")
How Much? 
E Vica (Eeh-vee-tha?) Formal: E vica na kena i sau (Eeh Veetha nah kenah i sah uu?)
See you again 
Sota Tale (Soh-tah-tah-lay)

ProblemsEdit

Leqa

NumbersEdit

- 1  - Dua 
- 2  - Rua 
- 3  - Tolu
- 4  - Va
- 5  - Lima
- 6  - Ono
- 7  - Vitu
- 8  - Walu
- 9  - Ciwa
- 10 - Tini
- 20 - Rua saga vulu
- 30 - Tolu saga vulu
- 40 - Va saga vulu
- 50 - Lima saga vulu
- 100 - E dua na drau
- 500 - E lima na drau
- 1000 - Udolu / Dua na Udolu
- 5000 - Lima na Udolu

TimeEdit

Clock time :Edit

1 o'clock - dua na kaloko

2 o'clock - rua na kaloko

11 o'clock - Tini ka dua na kaloko

DurationEdit

Days :Edit

 Moniti (Monday) [Moh-nee-tee] 
 Tusiti (Tuesday) [Too-See-tee] 
 Vukelulu (Wednesday) [Vooh-keh-loo-loo] 
Lotulevu (Thursday) [Lo- too-leh-voo]
 Vakaraubuka (Friday) [Vaa-kaa-rah-who-boo-kah]
 Vakarauwai (Saturday) [Va-kah-rah-who-waah-ee] 
Sigatabu (Sunday) [Seenga-ta-boo]

MonthsEdit

Writing time and dateEdit

ColorsEdit

TransportationEdit

Bus and trainEdit

DirectionsEdit

TaxiEdit

LodgingEdit

MoneyEdit

EatingEdit

FoodEdit

BarsEdit

TravelEdit

DrivingEdit

AuthorityEdit

This Fijian phrasebook is an outline and needs more content. It has a template, but there is not enough information present. Please plunge forward and help it grow!