In anyoneʼs language kids know how to smile and give them a toy camera and they start acting like professional photographers and happily snap away. So this is a great way to teach Tongan to your kids. Not only are they having fun but they are also learning simple phrases.
Here are some useful vocabulary when you’re playing imaginary paparazzi and superstar or for real life photo shoots.
For Beginners: You could take photos until they get familiar with the phrases.
For Intermediate: They could take photos of you and give you directions
Ko e ngaahi kupu’i lea ma’ae toko-taha fai-ta’ (Phrases for the photographer)
Malimali! – Smile!
taha ua tolu malimali – 1 2 3 smile!
Hanga mai! – Turn this way!
Hanga ki hē! – Turn that way!
Unu atu! – Move away!
Unu mai! – Move closer!
Tu’u ma’u! – Stand still!
Tangutu ma’u – Sit still!
Sio mai! – Look this way!
Sio ki ‘olunga – Look up!
Sio ki lalo – Look down!
Ko ia – that’s it!
Faka’ofo’ofa – beautiful
Talavou – handsome
Ai fakalelei – Do it properly
La’i tā – a photo
tangata fai-tā – photographer (male)
fefine fai-tā – photographer (female)
Hope this helps you and if you have other phrases to add let me know
In Tongan society, the women or the sisters outrank the males or brothers in the family unit. Accordingly, the language used is one of respect.
This value and respect the women’ rank is evident in cultural celebrations where the male or brother performs his duty to his paternal aunty and sisters. They are culturally elevated, and honoured fakalāngilangiʻi with presentations of food, gifts of money, fine mats and tapa. The language follows these cultural values where one’s ‘eiki or chiefly side of the family is always referred to with politeness and respect.
We are celebrating International Womenʼs Day with a vocabulary theme of words which describe women and their roles within the family.
ta’ahine (n) girl, lady. Also regal word for woman or chiefʼs daughter.
finemu’i (n) young girl not yet married
‘ofefine (n) describes daughter of a man.
tuofefine (n) describes sister of a male
fefine (n) woman, girl (adj) female
fafine (n) (adj) plural. girl, women, females
faʻē (n) mother
mehikitanga (n) fathers sister, paternal aunt
fine’eiki (n) lady (polite) word for wife
finemotu’a (n) elderly woman, married woman. (derogatory) word for wife