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My name is in Tahitian – My, your, his – To’u, ta’u

First to introduce yourself, you want to say My name is in Tahitian !

During this lesson, we will learn to say: My name is … Tahitian. My first name is … Tahitian.

Also, we’ll see the possessive pronouns (my, your, his) and thus learn the difference between “to’u” and “ta’u”.

So you’re ready, it’s “reva.” (translation: let’s go)

My name is … in Tahitian

First, let’s start right away with a dialogue.

English Tahitian
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

First, in this exchange of words, we identify the following keywords:

Tahitian English
Te i’oa The name
Te The
E aha What
To ‘u / ta ‘u (depending on the case) My
To ‘oe / ta ‘oe (depending on the case) Your
Reva To leave

And then, after my, your, his, what’s next, will you tell me?

My, your, his, her, our, your, their

If you haven’t read the lesson Introduce yourself in Tahitian – I, you, he – Vau, au – Who , I advise you to do it first to better understand the next chapter.

Possessive pronouns (my, your, his…)

Second, the possessibe pronouns, below is the list.

Singular Dual Plural
To ‘u               my To tāua       our

To māua

To tātou       our

To mātou

To ‘oe             your To ôrua       your To ‘outou     your
To na              his, her To rāua       their To rātou       their

And also,

Singular Dual Plural
Ta ‘u               my Ta tāua       our

Ta māua

Ta tātou       our

Ta mātou

Ta ‘oe             your Ta ôrua       your Ta ‘outou     your
Ta na              his, her Ta rāua       their Ta rātou       their

Difference between “to’u” and “ta’u”

In Tahiti, to translate “my”, we use “to’u” or “ta’u” depending on the case.

So here’s the associated grammar rule:

Grammar Rule: To’u and ta’u
To translate “my”, if the next word has a bond of intimacy, a part of the body, a link of vital importance, we use “to’u”. Otherwise, we use “ta’u.”

On the other hand, there is an exception: Ta’u vahine — My wife

We’re talking about strong possession for “to’u” and weak possession for “ta’u.”

Here’s an example:

Tahitian English
To ‘u fare My house
To ‘u rima My hand
To ‘u ‘ahu My clothe
Ta ‘u pereoo My car
Ta ‘u puta My book
Ta ‘u vahine My wife
To ‘u tane My husband

What’s the next lesson?

So we’ve just learned 22 words and phrases. Not bad!

Quick, quick, you can’t wait for the next lesson? We’ll meet later for a vocabulary lesson.