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Bird of paradise flower with the text te tiare and te mau tiare. Meaning in Tahitian : the flower, the flowers. Learning tahitian with Tahian and Co

A, the in Tahitian – Te, te mau – Tāne, vahine

Again, we meet for a lesson to learn how to say the articles: a, the in Tahitian.

To be more specific, we will learn how to say:

  • a in Tahitian
  • the in Tahitian
  • the singular and plural in Tahitian
  • the masculine and the feminine in Tahitian

The articles in Tahitian (a, the)

First, you’ll find the table of articles. And yes, bluntly! Let’s get to the heart of this lesson.

Singular Dual Plural
Te                     the


Nā, taunā        the both Te mau             the (plural)
Te hōê              a (one) Nā                  both Te mau             (plural)

Te hōê mau      (plural)

Te tahi              a (general) Nā                 both Te tahi mau      (general – plural)

Vetahi mau       (general – plural)


Secondly, we will see examples for articles.

Example with the

To better understand the mechanism, below are examples with basic words that are already part of our vocabulary.

Tahitian English
Te tiare The flower
Te mau tiare Flowers
Te fare The house
Te mau fare Houses
Te metua The parent
Nā metua The parents (understood the couple, the father and the mother, we use Nā because there are 2 people)
Te mau metua Parents (several couples of parents, fathers and mothers)
Te taata A person, a human being


Nā metua, Te mau metua

Tahitians will gladly translate the parents (2 people) by Te mau metua. Word by word, that’s understandable. Grammatically, Nā metua is more appropriate. I advise you not to correct the grammatical sentences of one and the other. I advocate Tahitian speaking, more than only grammar. In the books, you will see Nā metua and also Te mau metua according to the authors. And generally speaking, you’ll hear more often Te mau metua. Both are used.

Example with a

Let’s continue our examples to illustrate a in Tahitian.

Tahitian English
Te hōê tiare A flower (in the sense, quantity = 1)
Nā rima Hands (Nā because 2 hands)
Te mau tiare Flowers

Same with te tahi.

Tahitian Englishnom
Te tahi taata A certain person
Te tahi mau taata Some people

Small vocabulary break

So, some of us (we will say, Te tahi taata… for those who follow well our lesson) take coffee breaks. In Tahitian and Co, we take vocabulary breaks. Do you like it? I love it.

For those who join us on this lesson, the vocabulary words are as follows.

Tahitian English
Te fare The house
Te metua The parent
Te taata The person
Te tiare The flower
Te rima The hand

The singular, the plural, the masculine and feminine in Tahitian

In writing this title, I feel like I’m starting a philosophy course on the masculine and the feminine. Well, this is not the case, we are in a Tahitian lesson on grammar.

You have noticed that nouns do not match gender and number.

So let’s try to explain it in English:

  • in Tahitian, a noun has no gender: it is neither male nor female
    • for a male noun in English, the associated article is “Te,” “Te hōê ,” “Te tahi”
    • for a female noun in English, the associated article is “Te,” “Te hōê ,” “Te tahi”
  • If a noun is plural,
    • the associated article is “Te mau”, “Te hōê mau,” “Te tahi mau”
    • and above all, the noun has no plural mark (like a noun that takes an “s” in English)

The mark of the masculine and the feminine

Also, in Tahitian, to specify the masculine, we use Tāne. For the feminine, we use Vahine.

Tahitian English
Te metua tāne The father
Te metua vahine The mother
Terii tāne Mr. Terii
Terii vahine Ms. Terii

And then what?

Finally, we have just added 33 words and phrases to our vocabulary list. And besides, we learned how to say a, the in Tahitian. And we now know how to identify and use the singular and the plural, the feminine and the masculine. See you soon for a next lesson.