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Learn Fijian

Fijian is an official language of Fiji along with English and Fiji Hindi. It is the first language of over half the country’s population (about 350,000 people) and is spoken as a second language by another 200,000 people. There are also several thousand speakers in New Zealand. Fijian is related to Samoan and Tongan but is not mutually understandable with them. Its pronunciation may at first sight seem unexpected: ‘d’ is pronounced ‘nd’, ‘c’ is pronounced ‘th’ and ‘q’ is pronounced ‘ng’.

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Where is it spoken?

Fiji

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Number of speakers

650,000

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Austronesian

Malayo-Polynesian

Oceanic

Central Pacific

East Fijian

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Fun facts — Fijian

Bula is the most common greeting and means 'life'.

A common way to ask 'how are you?' literally translates as 'where are you going?'

The Fijian proverb 'leka na iqila' - the breadfruit picking pole is too short - means that you don't have enough money to do something.

The name 'Fiji' comes from the Tongan language: in the Fijian language, Fiji is actually 'Viti'.

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