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Introduce yourself in Tahitian – I, you, he – Vau, au – Who

We meet again for our first grammar lesson. The goal is to learn how to introduce yourself in Tahitian (say: I am …(my name)).

In addition, we will take the opportunity to learn the personal pronouns subjects (I, you, he/she/it …) and the difference between “vau” and “au”.

Introduce yourself in Tahitian

To begin with, I propose a very short dialogue to understand the vocabulary.

English Tahitian
Who are you? ‘O vai ‘oe?
   I am Hina    ‘O Hina vau
   I am Mere    ‘O Mere au

So we notice the following keywords in the sentence construction :

English Tahitian
You ‘Oe
I Vau / Au (depending on the case)
I am …. ‘O …. vau / ‘O …. au (depending on the case)
‘O vai Who

Also, in Tahitian, when a first name or surname is mentioned, it is preceded by ‘O.

Personal pronouns subjects (I, you, he/she/it…)

Let’s recap, we’ve just learned how to say “I” and “you” in Tahitian. Great!

What about the others (he/she/it, we, you, they)? Here they are.

In addition to the singular and the plural, the Tahitian has an another category: the dual (which includes 2 people: you and me for example). Therefore, the plural is used starting 3 people.

Singular Dual Plural
Vau / au          I

‘U              after a particle

Tāua        you and me

Māua       he / she / it and me

Tātou       you and me

Mātou      them and me

‘Oe                  you Ôrua        both of you ‘Outou      you
‘O na, ‘O ia      he / she / it

Na            after a particle

Rāua       both of them Rātou       they

Little cultural note :

The plural personal pronoun termination [tou] comes from “toru” which means Three.

It’s okay, you’re still following? If so, we can continue, otherwise, take your time to learn this vocabulary.

Vau / au

In the second table of the lesson, we concluded that “I” translation is “vau” or “au” depending on the case.

Here is the associated grammar rule:

Grammar Rule: Vau / au
To translate “I,” if the previous word ends with “e” or “i,” we use “au.” Otherwise (in all other cases), we use “vau.”

Here’s an example:

Tahitian English
‘O Hina vau I’m Hina
Tē haere nei au i te haapiiraa I’m going to school.

Let’s comment this table:

  • With the first sentence: we use “vau” because “Hina” ends with “a”
  • In the 2nd sentence: we use “au” because “nei” ends with “i”
  • In both cases (1st and 2nd sentence), it is the same person talking.
  • On the other hand, just because my first name ends with “a” doesn’t mean I use “vau” every time to translate “I.”

What’s our level now ?

Finally, you’ve just learned 18 words or sentences. Not bad for a first grammar lesson.

To sum up, we’ve learned how to introduce ourselves, how to say I, you, he/she/it… and tell the difference for “I” between “vau” and “au.”

See you soon for a new lesson. The next one is : My name is in Tahitian – My, your, his – To’u, ta’u