Tokelauan

Facts

  • Language: Tokelauan
  • Alternate names: Tokelau
  • Language code: tkl
  • Language family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Central Pacific, East Fijian-Polynesian, Polynesian, Nuclear, Samoic-Outlier, Tokelauan
  • Number of speakers: 1410
  • Script:

Introduction

Tokelauan is a language of Tokelau. It is spoken in Also in American Samoa, New Zealand, United States.

Dialects

Dialect differences among the 3 atolls. Intelligible with Tuvaluan (See: Tuvaluan). Similar to Samoan (See: Samoan).

The Tokelauan Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitekati
to blowagi, puhi
to breathemaanava
to burntafu, tutu
to chewlamu
to choosefili
to climbkake
to cooklala, tunu
to crytagi
to cut, hackhe/hele/, hele, ihi/ihi
to digkeli
to dreammiti, moemiti
to drinkinu
to eatkai
to fallsiga
to growhomo, tupu
to hearlogo
to hitpa/paki, taa
to holdpuke, tago
to know, be knowledgeableilo, iloa, iloa/gia, kite
to laughkata
to live, be aliveola
to pound, beattuki, tuki/tuki
to saylea
to scratchalati
to seekite
to sitnofo
to sniff, smellsogi
to spitpuaki
to squeezelomi
to stab, piercesuki
to standtuu
to swellfula
to swimka/kau, kakau
to thinkmanatu
to throwliaki
to tie up, fastenfafau, fiitiki
to turnpale
to walkhaele, taafao
to vomitlua
to workgaaoioi, galue
to yawnmaavava