Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fijian words and meals

Practise your fijian around meal time with your Fijian mates or family.

This is a discussion between mum and daughter.

Daughter: Mum I'm hungry.

Mum: What so you want eat my girl?

Gone yalewa: Na au sa via kana?

Na: Cava iko via kania noqu lewa?

Daughter: Can you make me a sandwich please?

Mum: Okay it won't be long.

Gone yalewa: Iko rawa ni cakava dua na kequ sandwich, kerekere?

Na: Io na sega ni dede?

Some words to learn

Via is want
Kana is eat
Kania is to eat
Dede is ain't time or a while
Sega is no
Kerekere is please in this context
Cakava is make in this context
Iko is you
Rawa is can
Kequ is possessive for food - means my food

Obviously sandwich has no Fijian word translation and its common in the Fijian language to use the English word oh there is no Fijian translation eg cheese, pie, ice cream etc.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fijian greetings

Hello, my name is Tomasi.

Bula, na yacaqu o Tomasi.

How are you?

Ni bulabula vinaka?

Yes, thank you.

Io, vinaka.

Meaning of Fijian Words used

Yacaqu is name
Bulabula is well or healthy.
Vinaka is good in the context of its first use in the question, and means thank you in it's second use.

To ask 'what's your name?'

O cei na yacamuni?

If you have any questions comment below or on our Facebook page.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Days of the week in Fijian Lesson 2

We have now learned the days of the week. We can now use some sentences with these Fijian words we've learned.

Question: What day is the rugby?

Answer: it's on Saturday

Taro: Siga cava na rakavi?
ISau : Na siga vakarauwai.

Siga is day.
What is cava.

Question: What day is tomorrow?
Answer: it's Wednesday.

Taro: Na siga cava ni mataka?
Isau: Na siga vukelulu.

Tomorrow is mataka.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fijian words for relationships

Below are some common Fijian words for various relationships in a family (vuvale). Note that in the Fijian language when referring to a possession of an item to you ends in 'qu' and referring to possession by a third person ends in 'na'. These are abbreviations of the words with the possessive adjectives 'noqu' (mine) and nona (his or hers). These possessive adjectives will expand the use of these words for various relationships.

Study the following words and then we'll look at the possessive suffixes at the end.

Family                     Vuvale
Mother                    Tina
Father                     Tama
Uncle                      Momo
Aunt                        Nei
Grandfather             Tukai
Grandmother           Bubu
Sister                      Ganena or ganequ
Brother                   Tacina or taciqu
Cousin                    Tavale    

So if you want to say 'my mother' in Fijian you say 'tinaqu' but if referring to someone else's mother then you say 'tinana'.

Exercise: Try these and comment below or on our Facebook page..

My father
My grandfather
His grandfather
My cousin
Her cousin

However some of the words above are exceptions like
My aunt is just simply 'noqu nei'
My uncle is simply 'noqu momo'

Learn pronunciation with Fijian Songs.

A fun way to learn Fijian is through songs. This is a an excellent way to learn pronunciation of Fijian Words. Choose songs that you like and listen along while you follow the lyrics text.

The famous song 'Isa Lei' is an example and we have the lyrics and the song here as an example. Click play and scroll down to the lyrics. Enjoy.

For more songs visit

Isa Isa vulagi lasa dina
Nomu lako au na rarawa kina
Cava beka ko a mai cakava,
Nomu lako au na sega ni lasa.
Isa Lei, na noqu rarawa,
Ni ko sana vodo e na mataka
Bau nanuma, na nodatou lasa,
Mai Toberua nanuma tiko ga.

Domoni dina na nomu yanuyanu,
Kena kau wale na salusalu,
Mocelolo, bua, na kukuwalu,
Lagakali, baba na rosi damu


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Fijian words around the kitchen

These are some Fijian words used commonly in the kitchen. Comment with some that you know not on the list

Cook                Vakasaqa
Pot                    Kuro
Knife                 Isele
Spoon               Sepuni
Stove                Sitovu
Hot                   Katakata 
Table                Teveli
Bake                 Vavia
Oil                    Waiwai
Salt                   Masima
Sugar                Suka
Heat (v)            Vakatakata
Frying pan         itavuteke

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fijian Words for Days of the week

The Fijian words for days of the week are listed against the English ones

Monday                    Moniti
Tuesday                   Tusiti
Wednesday              Vukelulu
Thursday                  Lotulevu 
Friday                      Vakaraubuka
Saturday                  Vakarauwai
Sunday                    Siga tabu 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Learn Fijian Language Film Week

The Inaugural Fijian Language Week 2013 has begun and there are Fijian Language films that will be featured. Below is the screening venues of the movies in Wellington. 

Date & Time

Monday 7thOctober:


100% Fijian
A story about the coming together of two Fijian families and the changing attitudes & lifestyles associated with city living.

Wesley Church New Hall
75 Taranaki St


9th October:


Languages: English, Fijian & Hindi with subtitles

A thought-provoking film about Fiji’s growing squatter population, who live in over 182 informal or “squatter” settlements

New Zealand Film Archive
84 Taranaki Street, Wellington
Ph: 384


FIJI DAYDouble Feature

Thursday 10THOctober:

Movie 1:

Languages: English & Fijian with subtitles

Movie 2:
“TWO MEN OF FIJI” (1959)
Rated G (General)

Languages: as above
1) Nominated for an international award, set in the old capital of Levuka on the island of Ovalau.  It tells a moving story of the lives Fijian women cannery workers, and highlights the human costs of economic development.

2) A film about two young men who move from Lau to Suva.  Issues of representation, colonialism and portrayals of culture all bubble under the surface in this story.

Icon Room,
Te Papa Museum of NZ
Ph: 381 7000


Children FREE

Saturday 12thOctober:


Languages: English & Fijian with subtitles

“A moving, poignant tribute to an important but largely forgotten part of Pacific History.” 
- Dr Teresia Teaiwa, Victoria University of Wellington

A rare and moving film that revisitsthe life of those exiled on the island of Makogai, in Fiji – the only island leprosarium which existed in the South Pacific. Through the stories of four former patients, archival imagery and period letters, these "voices" remember the lives of those afflicted and cast off from their societies around the Pacific. Their story is a heroic tale of strength and survival.  

New Zealand Film Archive
84 Taranaki Street, Wellington
Ph: 384


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