In this new lesson, we will learn (revise and complete) the interrogative pronouns in Tahitian.
What’s an interrogative pronoun already?
This is what we use to ask a question, in other words to transform our sentence in an interrogative form with mainly: Who, What, Where, When, How, How much, Why.
In this first part, I openly reveal the interrogative words in Tahitian.
|When?||A hea / E aha te taime?
I nahea, a hea ra (in the past)?
|How much?||E hia?|
|Why?||No te aha?|
With examples, it’s better – Let’s revise!
- If you are already following us with previous lessons, this chapter will serve as a revision. We will take exactly the same examples as seen before, to help revive your memories
- If you join us in this lesson, welcome, links will be added to allow you to take advantage of this theme to discover the previous lessons
Come on, it’s reva! (translation: let’s go)
Who – ‘O vai
Small example from the lesson: Introduce yourself in Tahitian – I, you, he – Vau, au – Who
|Who are you?||‘O vai ‘oe?|
|I am Hina||‘O Hina vau|
|I am Mere||‘O Mere au|
You’re starting to remember: vau and au. You have to be careful with the last letter of the word before vau and au, etc.
What – E aha
Small dialogue from the lesson: My name is in Tahitian – My, your, his – To’u, ta’u
|What’s your name?||E aha to ‘oe i’oa?|
|My name is Hina||‘O Hina to ‘u i’oa|
|And you, what’s your name?||E ‘oe, e aha to ‘oe i’oa?|
|Me, my name is Mere||‘O vau, ‘o Mere to ‘u i’oa|
Where – I hea
These exchanges come from the lesson: Where are you from in Tahitian – Where are you going – Mai, atu
|Where are you from? (country)||No hea ‘oe?|
|I’m from Tahiti||No Tahiti au|
|I’m from Paris, from France||No Pari au, no te fenua Farāni|
|I’m from the Marquesas Islands||No te fenua Enata vau|
|Where are you from? (start location)||No hea mai ‘oe ?|
|I come from Tahiti (start location)||No Tahiti mai au|
|Where do you come from? (step on your journey)||Na hea mai ‘oe ?|
|I come from the city (I passed through the city to here)||Na te ‘oire mai au|
|I’m from Tahiti (I passed through Tahiti to here)||Na Tahiti mai au|
|Where are you going?||Tē haere ra ‘oe i hea ?|
|I’m going to the sea||Tē haere ra vau i tai|
How much – E hia
A quick reminder of the Tahitian lesson: Counting in Tahitian – Numbers – How much
|How much ? How many ?||E hia ?|
|How many children do you have ?||E hia tamarii to ‘oe ?|
|3 childrens||E toru|
|How old are you ?||E hia matahiti to ‘oe ?|
|18 years old||E ‘ahuru mā va’u matahiti|
|How much is this ?||E hia moni tera ?|
|1000 Francs||E hōê tauatini farāne|
Before you start the next part, if you need to re-read and re-revise the pronouns of past lessons, don’t hesitate, take your time!
Let’s learn new interrogative pronouns in Tahitian
In this third part, we will learn 3 new interrogative words: When, how, why.
When – A hea
I suggest a little dialogue to get to know A hea.
|A hea ‘o Hina e ho’i mai i Tahiti?||When will Hina return to Tahiti?|
|I te matahiti i mua||Next year|
|A hea ‘o Hina e ho’i atu i Farāni?||When will Hina leave for France?|
|I te hepetoma i mua||Next week|
The vocabulary words in this text are:
|Ho’i||Come back, return, go home|
|Ho’i mai||Return toward the speaker is (the enunciator)|
|Ho’i atu||Go back away from the place where the speaker is (the enunciator)|
|Te matahiti||The year|
|Te matahiti i mua||Next year|
|Te hepetoma||The week|
|Te hepetoma i mua||Next week|
- Mai and atu, we already know them with the lesson: Where are you from in Tahitian – Where are you going – Mai, atu
- Hepetoma and matahi, ditto with lesson: Days and months in Tahitian – Tell the date
How – Na hea
With this exchange in question/answer, here’s Na hea
|Na hea ‘oe e haere?||How are you going to go?|
|Na ni’a i te pereoo||By car (on top of the car)|
The vocabulary words are:
Why – No te aha
Finally, here’s No te aha.
|No te aha ‘oe e haere?||Why are you going?|
|No te haere i te haapiiraa||To go to school|
The words of vocabulary
|No te aha?||Why?|
Finally, with this lesson, we learned how to say interrogative pronouns in Tahitian: Who, What, Where, When, How, How much, Why. We already knew a part, we got to know When, how, why. We also learned 24 words and phrases.
See you soon for a new lesson!