Tahitian 101

Tahitian Word List

The purpose of this list is to give a rough idea of the Tahitian language. The words listed below are not the most common words, but a broad sampling of words. See the Word Lists page for more details.

English

Tahitian
(reo tahiti)
I

au, vau
you (singular)

oe
he

oia, 'ōna
we

tātou *(inclusive)*, mātou *(exclusive)*
you (plural)

outou
they

rātou
this

teie
that

terā
here

iho nei
there

iho na
who

vai *(interrogative)*
what

aha *(interrogative)*
where

teihea *(no movement, interrogative)*
when

ahea *(interrogative)*
how

nāhea *(interrogative)*
not

eiaha
all

ana'e
many

rahi
some

nau, tau
few

ma'a
other

ē
one

hō'ē
two

piti
three

toru
four

maha
five

pae
big

rahi
long

roa
wide

ā'ano
thick

me'ume'u
heavy

teiaha, taimaha
small

iti
short

poto
narrow

oaoa
thin

rairai
woman

vahine
man (adult male)

tāne
man (human being)

ta'ata
child

tamari'i
wife

vahine fa'aipoipo
husband

tane fa'aipoipo
mother

metua vahine
father

metua tane
animal

manu, 'ānimara
fish

i'a
bird

manu
dog

ūrī
louse

utu
snake

ōfī
worm

to'e, tu'a
tree

rā'au
forest

aru
stick

rā'au, mauha'a
fruit

mā'a
seed

huero
leaf

rao'ere
root

a'a
bark (of a tree)

pa'a, 'iri
flower

tiare, pua
grass

matie, 'aihere
rope

taura
skin

iri
meat

ina'i
blood

toto
bone

ivi
fat (noun)

hinu
egg

huero
horn

tara
tail

aero, hi'u
feather

huruhuru, hetehete
hair

rouru
head

upo'o
ear

tari'a
eye

mata
nose

ihu
mouth

vaha
tooth

niho
tongue (organ)

arero
fingernail

mai'u'u
foot

āvae
leg

āvae
knee

turi
hand

rima
wing

pererau
belly

ōpū
guts

ā'au
neck

a'ī
back

tua
breast

ōuma
heart

māfatu
liver

ūpa'a
to drink

inu
to eat

amu
to bite

hōhoni
to suck

ote
to spit

tuha
to vomit

piha'e
to blow

pūhi, farara *(wind)*
to breathe

huti i te aho
to laugh

ata
to see

hi'o
to hear

fa'aro'o
to know

ite
to think

mana'o
to smell

hau'a
to fear

taiā, mata'u
to sleep

taoto
to live

ora
to die

pohe, mate
to kill

taparahi-pohe-roa, ha'apohe; tūpa'i *(an animal)*
to fight

taputō
to hunt

a'ua'u pua'a
to hit

taparahi
to cut

tāpū
to split

tuha, vāhi
to stab

patia
to scratch

pāra'u
to dig

pao, tūpā, 'ō
to swim

au
to fly

ma'ue
to walk

haere
to come

haere mai
to lie (as in a bed)

tārava *(state)*
to sit

pārahi *(action, state)*
to stand

oti'ati'a *(action)*
to turn (intransitive)

tīoi
to fall

topa
to give

hōro'a
to hold

mau
to squeeze

tāmau
to rub

ū'ui, 'ui'ui
to wash

horoi
to wipe

horoi
to pull

ume
to push

tura'i
to throw

tāora
to tie

ruru, nati
to sew

au, nira
to count

nūmera
to say

ī
to sing

pehe, hīmene
to play

ha'uti
to flow

tahe
to freeze

faato'to'e roa
to swell

oru
sun

mahāna
moon

āva'e, marama
star

feti'a
water

vai
rain

ua
river

ānāvai, tahora
lake

roto
sea

miti
salt

miti
stone

ōfa'i
sand

one
dust

repo, one
earth

fenua
cloud

ata
fog

rūpehu
sky

ra'i
wind

mata'i
snow

hiona
ice

pape to'eto'e
smoke

auauahi
fire

auahi
ash

rehu auahi
to burn

ama
road

e'a tia, purumu
mountain

mou'a
red

ura
green

matie
yellow

re'are'a
white

uo'uo
black

ere'ere
night

ru'i, pō
day

mahana
year

matahiti
warm

māhanahana
cold

to'eto'e
full

api(a room), 'ī(belly)
new

āpī
old

tahito
good

maita'i
bad

ino
rotten

dirty

repo
straight

āfaro, ti'a
round

menemene
sharp (as a knife)

ina
dull (as a knife)

tūmū, mania
smooth

mānina
wet

rari
dry

marō
correct

ti'a
near

fatata
far

ātea
right

atau

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