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.
|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:
|Te i’oa||The name|
|To ‘u / ta ‘u (depending on the case)||My|
|To ‘oe / ta ‘oe (depending on the case)||Your|
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.
|To ‘u my||To tāua our
|To tātou our
|To ‘oe your||To ôrua your||To ‘outou your|
|To na his, her||To rāua their||To rātou their|
|Ta ‘u my||Ta tāua our
|Ta tātou our
|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:
|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.