Tahitian love poem
To 'oe hoho'a i roto i te hi'o hipa,
O ta'u pehepehe nehenehe roa a'e ia,
A ha'ape'epe'e ra no te mea te ma atu ra,
O ta'u tapa'o here hope'a te reira.
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The blue waters of your lagoon
Tahitian, the official Polynesian language in French Polynesia, is spoken by 70,000 people. The tahitian alphabet contains only 13 letters: the five vowels plus the consonants. Marquesan, Tuamotu and Maori are close to tahitian. Before the annexation by France (1880), Tahitian was spoken by all the populations of the Society islands. Since then he became a lingua franca for all the French Polynesia. In the university, teaching is in Tahitian; radio, newspapers and television practice it. Today the language has an accademia that frames the language. We use some words from Tahitian, for example "tatoo" and "taboo" that come from "tatau" and "tapu".
In Tahiti, the islands are as magnificent, as those which inhabit them. The sea then the sun, lick, then tenderly dry their pareos.