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Tongan Language Week

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By Tara Fagan
On of my colleagues, Loselima has shared some basic introducation Tongan conversation as a way to kick-off Tongan Language Week.  Malo Lima.  


Tonga Language Week / 'Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga' takes place this year from Monday 1 September to Sunday 7 September 2014. 
 This year's theme is Ko e kai ia ‘a e Tonga – Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan wisdom.

  Here are some basic introduction Tongan conversation to start off your week. 
  
 Malo e lelei    - 'Hello'
 Fefe hake?   - How are you? (Singular) Mo fefe hake? (dual) Mou fefe hake? (plural)
 Sai pe malo    - Fine thank you
 Ko hai ho hingoa?  What’s your name
 Ko hoku hingoa ko Sione     - My name is Sione
 Ko ho’o ha’u mei fe?      - Where are you from?
 Ko ‘eku ha’u mei Tonga        - I come from Tonga
 'Alu a -  Good-bye to the person who is leaving
 Nofo a -  Goodbye to the person who staying
 Fakamolemole  Please
 

Faka’apa’apa atu  - (Respectfully)

Let us know how you are celebrating Tongan Language Week in your centre.