Celebrate Tongan Language Week 30th August – 5th September 2015.
This year’s theme is Fakakaloa Aotearoa ‘aki ‘a e faiva ‘a e Tonga – Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan arts. This celebration provides an opportunity to celebrate through music, song, dance, food, crafts and language.
Did you know…? There are more Tongan people born in New Zealand than there are in Tonga, giving lea faka-Tonga (the Tonga language) and anga faka-Tonga (Tonga culture) a special place here.
Have a go a Lea Faka-Tonga.
The basic level of counting in Tongan is easier then you think. All you have to do is learn the numbers 0-10 then you can count from 1-99. Follow these simple rules.
Counting 1-99 in Tongan
- numbers 0-9 noa, taha, ua, tolu, fā, nima, ono, fitu, valu, hiva
- the number for 10 is hongofulu (hoh-ngoh-foo-loo)
- the number for 100 is teau (teh-ah-oo)
- every other number is literally the words 0-9 combined: twenty becomes two zero – ua noa
- three exceptions to the rule 22, 55 and 99 words shortened to uo ua, nime nima, hive hiva
Example: How do you say the following numbers in Tongan?
- 19 (nineteen) – taha hiva
- 44 (fourty four) – fā fā
- 99 (ninety nine) – hive hiva
- 87 (eighty seven) – valu fitu
Test: Can you saying the following numbers in Tongan?
- 15 (fifthteen)
- 33 (thirtythree)
- 50 (fifty)
- 11 (eleven)