- 17 letters in the Tongan alphabet.
- 5 vowels; a-e-i-o-u
- 12 consonants; f-h-k-l-m-n-ng-p-s-t-v- ‘
- pronouncing the consonants you add ʻaʼ to the end – Fa-Ha-Ka-La-Ma-Na-NGa-Pa-Sa-Ta-Va
- Fakaʻua (glottal stop) is considered a consonant and the last letter in the Tongan alphabet
The first step in learning and understanding any language is to listen. Fanongo ki he ongo! Listen to the sounds that each letter makes.
Check out the Tongan Alphabet sung by myself and my daughter. We had fun doing this amateur clip. Have some fun with your children. The tune is taken from the French children’s song Farajaka.
13 thoughts on “Alphabet”
this is awesome! Teaching this to my daughter
mālō ʻaupito ho tohi mai. I appreciate your reply thank you
I love the alphabet song. I’m going to start singing it to Leka. Malo Aupito. You two did a great job!
This is the best! Mālō ʻaupito! ‘Ofa atu!
How fun! The tune is actually called Frère Jacques (French for Brother James). ha ha! I very much enjoyed you and your daughter singing 🙂
I recently taught sounds to my Tongan class using the HaKaLaMa way which this Hawaiian school uses. I just change it to meet the Tongan alphabet. My class loved it and helped them with their sounds. Thought Iʻd share just in case you havenʻt come across it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEYs9wOUxsE
Mālō Eliza this is great i prefer teaching sounds and have used this tongan version of this Maori alphabet song which teaches sounds rather than the letters. Yes definitely helps them with their sounds. Thanks for sharing ʻofa atu http://youtu.be/9081U86Ylf4
Thank you for sharing this i love this up beat song for the alphabet.
good song and explanation.
This is such a 👍 website teaching my kids the 🇹🇴 Tongan language and history ❤️❤️
Mālō ʻaupito Siu
This is great , i am about to start a little Tongan class soon. I might contact you. thank you.
Sai ‘aupito anything i can help you with lmk 😀