Say it in Fijian
Almost everyone in Fiji speaks English - as it is the official language,
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.
Fijian pronunciation is similar to English, but with a few changes to
the phonetic alphabet. Below is a brief guide which will bring you close to the correct pronunciations. The best way to learn,
since there are many subtleties, is to have a Fijian instruct you and then listen closely.
"a" is "ah" as in father, but shorter. The correct pronunciation of
Nadi, is closer to "Nahn-di" than "Nan-di".
"b" is "mb" as in bamboo. you'll hear "bula" or "hello" many times.
You may notice the slight humming "m", almost silent at the beginning. When something precedes the "b", then the "m" sound
becomes more pronounced. The formal "hello", Ni Sa Bula, is pronounced "ni sahm" boola".
"c" is "th" as in "this". So "moce" meaning goodbye is pronounced "moe-they".
"d" is "nd" as in candy.
"g" is "ng" as in singer.
"i" is"i" as
in sit or "ee" as in routine.
"o" is "ngg" as in finger.
The island of Beqa is pronounced "Mbeng-gah".
as in bamboo or "u" as in put.
what is this
ni sa yadra (ni sah
ni sa moce (ni sa mothey)
yalo vinaka (yalo vee naka)
tulou (too low)
turaga (tu rang ah)
(vaka lie lie)
vaka levu (vaka ley vu)
vaka totolo (vaka toe toe lo)
lailai (vale lie lie)
lako mai (la ko my)
lako tani (la ko tanee)
kauta mai (ka ou tah my)
tale (ndua ta lay)
na cava oqo (na thava on go)
gunu (goo noo)
vinakata (aoo vina kahta)
vale ni lotu (vahle nee lohtoo)