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Below you’ll find a list of useful Tongan words and phrases.

afraid: ilifia
afternoon: efiafi
airport: mala’evakapuna
america: ‘amelika
another: moe taha
awesome: tōtōatu
baby: pēpē
bad: kovi
bad smell: namukû
bag: kato
bank: fale pa’anga
bath: kaukau
beach: matātahi
bed: mohenga
beautiful: faka’ofo’ofa
big: fu’u
blanket: sipi kafu
blessing: tâpuaki
bottle: hina
boy: tamasi’i
boyfriend: kaume’a
box: puha
breath: mânava
brothers and sisters: kâinga
brother: tokoua
bullying: fie lahi
bus: pasi
can: lava
candle: te’elango
car: kā
careful: tokanga
craving, to crave: ‘umisi
children: fānau
church: siasi
church building: fale lotu
classroom: loki ako
clock: uasi
coconut: niu
color: lanu
come and play: ha’u ‘o va’inga
come back: foki mai
come here: ha’u ki heni
competition: fe’auhi
cry: tangi
cup: ipu
dad: tamai
delicious: ‘ifo
depression: lotomo’ua
don’t do that: tuku ia
dont be silly: tuku e vale/ tuku e masoli
drum: nafa
enough: fa’unga
excellent: mâlie
excuse me: kātaki / tulou (when passing in front of someone)
family: fâmili
far: mama’o
fart: te’epilo
fatigued: hela’ia
father: tamai
fight: fuhu
fine thanks, and you?: sai pē, mālō, fēfē koe?
fish: ika
to fish: fāngota
floor: faliki
flower: matala’i’akau
friday: falaite
friend: kaume’a
girl: ta’ahine
go: ‘alu
good bye (to one): alu a
good bye (to three or more): mou o a
good bye (to two): mo o a
good luck: monū’ia
good morning: mālō tau ma‘u e pongipongi ni
good night: pouliā
good: lelei
God: ‘Otua
grandparent: Kui
greetings: malo e lelei
hammer: hāmala
happy: fiefia
hello: mālō e lelei
help: tokoni mai!
homework: pô ako
hospital: falemahaki
house: fale
how are you?: fēfē hake?
how do you say … in Tongan?: ko e hā ‘a e le‘a faka-Tonga ki he …?
how much is this?: ‘oku fiha e?
huge: kâfakafa
hungry: fiekaia
i don’t understand: ‘ikai mahino
i love you: ‘ofa atu
i understand: ‘oku mahino kiate ‘au
i’m from: ko ‘eku ha‘u mei [insert where your from]
is that true?: mo’oni?
island: motu
it is nice to meet you: fiefia ke toe feiloaki mo koe
lazy: fakapikopiko
leaf: la’i ‘akau
less: si’i
let’s dance: ta hulohula
long time no see: fuoloa ‘e fepulingaki
missionary: faifekau
mom: fa’e
monday: mônite
money: pa’anga
more: lahi
my name is: ko hoku hingoa ko [insert name]
near: ofi
neighbor: kaungā’api
no: ‘ikai
number: fika
paper: pepa
pearl: mata’i tofe
please: faka molemole/kataki
please come and eat: Kataki ha’u o’ kai
rain: ‘uha
relatives: kāinga
restaurant: falekai
road: hala
saturday: tokonaki
see you later: toki sio
sea: tahi
shirt: sote
sit down: nofo ki lalo
sky: ‘apiako
sleep: mohe
song: hiva
sorry: fakamolemole
star: fetu’u
stop: tuku ia!
stop being lazy: tuku e fakapikopiko
store: fale koloa
strong body: sino mâlohi
sun: la‘ā
sunday: sâpate
swim: kakau
teacher: faiako
thank you: mālō
thank you very much: malo ‘aupito
that was very funny: na’e fakaoli aupito
thursday: tu’apulelulu
tomorrow: ‘apongipongi
to/towards: ki
tree: fu’u ‘akau
too expensive: ‘oku fu’u mamafa e me’a ko ia
tuesday: tûsite
town: kolo
very beautiful: faka’ofa’ofa ‘aupito
wake up: ‘a hake
war: tau
water: vai
welcome: talitali fiefia
what do you do?: koe ha ae ngaue oku ke fai?
what do you mean?: koe ha oku ke uhinga ki ai?
what?: ko e ha?
what’s your name?: ko hai ho hingoa?
where are you from?: ko ho‘o ha‘u mei fe?
where are you going?: alu ki fe?
where has ____ gone?: Ko fe ‘a ____?
where is it?: ko fe?
where’s the bathroom?: ko fē ‘a e falemālōlō?
wind: havili
yes: ‘io
yesterday: ‘aneafi
you cant do that: tuku ‘aupito ia
you are pregnant: ‘Oku ke feitama
worldly: fakaemâmani
wednesday: pulelulu

 







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