Lingo

The consonant letters that seem unusual to English speakers are:

b as ‘mb’ in member
d as ‘nd’ in Monday
q as ‘ng’ plus ‘g’ in finger
g as ‘ng’ in singer
c as ‘th’ in father

Vowels The following is a guide to the pronunciation of vowels:

a as in father
e as in day, without glide at end
i as in see, without glide at end
o as in go, without glide at end
u as in zoo, without glide at end.

Some Useful Words

yes – io – (ee-oh)
no – sega – (sayngah)
work – cakacaka – (thaka-thaka)
bad – ca – (tha)
big, many – levu – (layvu)
bird – manumanu vuka – (mahnumahnu vukah)
boy, male – tagane – (tahng-ahnay)
cassava, tapioca – tavioka – (tav-i-oh-kah)
child – gone – (ngonay)
comb – i-seru – (ee-seru)
cup – bilo – (bee-low)
eat – kana – (kahna)
fish – ika – (ee-kah)
food – kakana – (kakahna)
girl, female – yalewa – (yah-lay-wah)
handsome, beautiful – totoka – (toe-toe-kah)
happy, satisfied – marau – (mah-rau)
house vale – (va-lay)
man – tagane – (tahng-ahnay)
man – turaga – (tu-rahng-ah)
money – ilavo – (ee-lah-vo)
pot – kuro – (koo-row)
sleeping house – bure – (bur-ay)
small – lailai – (lie-lie)
smart – matai – (mah-tye)
stone – vatu – (vah-too)
taro – dalo – (dahlo)
today – nikua – (nickuah)
tomorrow – ni mataka – (ni mahtahka)
tree – vu ni kau – (vu ni cow)
village – koro – (koro)
whale’s tooth – tabua – (tam-boo-ah)
woman – marama – (mah-rah-mah)
yesterday – nanoa – (na-noa)