Drehu

Facts

  • Language: Drehu
  • Alternate names: Dehu, De’u, Lifou, Lifu, Qene Drehu
  • Language code: dhv
  • Language family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Loyalty Islands
  • Number of speakers: 13000
  • Script:

Introduction

Drehu is a language of New Caledonia. It is spoken in Loyalty Islands, Lifou and Tiga.

Dialects

Minimal dialect difference between the 3 districts of Wetr, Gaica and Mu.

The Drehu Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitegeth, hej, tratra
to blowhnahna, siej, uf
to breathemano
to burndeuth, manith
to buyitön
to chewatra, huce, muñamuña
to chooseiën
to climbelë
to cometraqa
to cookatron
to counte numeran
to crysheitrë, teij
to cut, hacksha
to die, be deadmec[in]
to digkuj, sin
to dreampuj
to drinkij
to eatxen
to fallkei, malaxan
to fearpulitötëtin, xou[ën]
to flowneni
to flysesë, wehñitrë
to growcipa
to heardeŋ
to hidethuŋ
to hitpopoth, satimon, tha
to holdgöleti
to huntköjë
to killhumuth, jahwa
to know, be knowledgeableate, waŋatemekuñin
to laughqenehñima, saxaja
to live, be alivesheweŋönie
to open, uncovershath, thethë
to planttran
to pound, beatthagöligölin
to sayhape, qaja, ulatin
to scratchxoxo
to seeöhn, goeën, waŋ
to sewcai, can
to shootkuqan
to sitlapa
to sleepmeköl
to sniff, smellpunepunën
to spithñijuën
to splitaŋaŋan, weketh
to squeezehutra
to stab, piercethin, us
to standcil
to stealënön, xom apaten
to suckfuluth, guman
to swellcipa
to swimaj
to thinkmekun
to throwhloth, kuiën, tij
to tie up, fastenoth, wejecan
to turnxei
to walkaehnatro
to vomitnanatin, nuan
to workhuliwan
to yawnhoae, thotesi