• Language: Tahitian
  • Alternate names:
  • Language code: tah
  • Language family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Central Pacific, East Fijian-Polynesian, Polynesian, Nuclear, East, Central, Tahitic
  • Number of speakers: 124262
  • Script: Latin script


Tahitian, a Tahitic language, is one of the two official languages of French Polynesia (along with French). It is an Eastern Polynesian language closely related to Rarotongan, New Zealand Māori, and Hawaiian.

Tahitian relies on the use of "helper words" (such as prepositions, articles, and particles) to encode grammatical relationships, rather than on inflection, as would be typical of European languages. It is practically an isolating language, except when it comes to the personal pronouns, which have separate forms for singular, plural and dual numbers.

The verb

Sample verb: amu

amu, to eat

Sg.1`ua 'amu au
Sg.2`ua 'amu 'oe
Sg.3`ua 'amu 'ōna
Du.1, inclusive'ua amu tāua
Du.1, exclusive'ua amu māua
Du.2'ua amu 'ōrua
Du.3'ua amu rāua
Pl.1, inclusive'ua amu tātou
Pl.1, exclusive'ua amu mātou
Pl.2'ua amu 'outou
Pl.3'ua amu rātou

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