Fijian language

Almost everyone in Fiji speaks English – as it is the official language of Fiji, but the Fijian language is preserved and widely spoken in many different dialects. Almost everyone is bilingual and many Fijian terms are included in everyday English usage. It is handy to know some of the more common words and phrases, and the Fijians will be delighted to know you picked up some of their language.

EnglishFijian
Good Morning sa yadra (ni sah yan dra)
Hello!bula (mbula)
Goodbye sa moce(ni sa mothey)
Pleaseyalo vinaka (yalo vee naka)
Excuse me Tulou (too low)
Yesio (ee-o)
Thank youVinaka (vee naka)
Noseqa (senga)
EatKana (kana)
VillageKoro
LadyMarama
MisterTuraga (tu rang ah)
LittleVaka lailai (vaka lie lie)
PlentyVaka levu (vaka ley vu)
QuicklyVaka totolo (vaka toe toe lo)
HouseVale/bure (valey/mburey)
Toilet Vale lailai (vale lie lie)
ComeLako mai (la ko my)
GoLako tani (la ko tanee)
BringKauta mai (ka ou tah my)
One moreDua tale (ndua ta lay)
OneDua (ndua)
TwoRua
What is thisNa cava oqo (na thava on go)
Drink Gunu (goo noo)
CoconutNiu (new)
I wantAu vinakata (aoo vina kahta)
ChurchVale ni lotu (vahle nee lohtoo)
ShopSitoa (seetoah)
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(2015). Fiji Language. Bula Fiji. www.bulafiji.com