Monday, July 27, 2009

Tongan Greetings and Farewells

Mālō e lelei! Hello!
Fēfē hake? How are you?
Sai pē! Just fine!
Ko au. Polite response when someone calls your name.
Mālō e lava mai. Thanks for coming.
'īo, Mālō e tau mo eni. Response to mālō e lava mai.
Ko hai ho hingoa? What is your name?
Ko NAME au. I am NAME
Ko e hā e lea faka-Tonga ki he ? What is the Tongan word for?
'oku 'ikai te u ilo. I don't know.
Fanongo pē! Just listen!
'ōua e lea, fanongo pē! Don't speak, just listen!
Fanongo lelei! Listen carefully!
Lea māmālie! Speak slowly!
Ko ia! That's it! (that's right)
Fakamolemole! Forgive (me)!
Kātaki! Please, excuse (me)!
Kātaki fakamolemole! Please be patient! (empatic)
Tali mai! Answer (me)!
Toe 'ai! Repeat!
Tulou! Excuse me!(Tulou is appropriate when you
have just passed in front of someone or
reached over in front of someone.)
Hū mai! Come in!

'ālu ā ē! Goodby! (to the person going)
Nofo ā ē! Goodby! (to the person staying)
Mou ō ā ē! Goodby! (to several persons going)
Mou nofo ā ē! Goodby! (to several persons staying)
Faka'au ā ē! Goodby! (polite form, singular)
Mou faka'au ā ē! Goodby!(polite form, plural)

Note: īn most farewells there is a rising intonation in the voice on the final ē.

Spelling, Sounds, Pronunciation

Tongan spelling is phonemic, it is spelled the way that it sounds.


a as in father (only shorter) fala, mate, pato
ā a lengthened mālō, kākā, fakahā
e as in bet (or somewhere between bet and bait) fale, mele
ē e lengthened pehē, ko ē
i as in machine liku, piko, taki
ī i lengthened ī, kulī
o as in born (pronounced a little farther fono, pito
back in the throat)
ō o lengthened pō, kokō
u as in root (only shorter and without offglide) lotu, muka
ū u lengthened pūluhi, fufū

In Tongan all consonants are separated by a vowel, all words end in a vowel.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday Shoot-Outs "Textures"

This weeks Friday-Shoot out theme is "Textures"

I love this theme!! I love capturing textures, I hope you enjoy. ;D

(For an explaination of Friday-Shoot Outs, scroll down to my post for last week)

The texture of calm water

Slightly less calm, plus the contrast between rough sand, water and smooth sand on the other side. (Plus cute kiddo) ;D

Rough waterfall on the Provo River

Smooth Clear Sky above Y mountain in Provo

Billowing Clouds

Smooth Asphalt Trail

Layers of images, stone memorial, smooth grass, stone building and mountains

Sandy, Rocky, stretch of land along Strawberry Reservoir as well as the prickly weeds and deceptively smooth grasses

Thick rough bark

Piles of twigs

Rocks, wood chips, and vegetation

Asphalt and Moss

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Friday Shoot Outs - Celebrate Life

The "Friday Shoot Out Gang" was started by Reggie Girl (Who seems to have disappeared) and Patty (Who has a super cool shoot-out this week).

Basically, someone from "The Gang" picks a theme, and we all go out shooting up the town. ;p

We all have a blast, so join us next week, let either Patty or Gordon know and they will list you as one of the "gang" members.

This weeks theme "Celebrate Life" was picked by Shooter Doreen in Michigan.

Watch Out There are Bumps Ahead

Georgous Girls

Go Sledding Down a Hill

Stand in the Snow With Your Baby Child


Battle Star Wars Style

Play Games

Watch the Road You!!

Celebrate the New Year



Hair Flying By

Chase Your Lover

Be Proud of Your Country (My Brother in Law, Lee and His Wife Tresha, Lee was getting his Citizenship)

Hope you join us next week for the theme Textures, which was picked by shooter Linda out in Canada.

Just remember, there are no rules!! Just go out and have fun! :D

(Happy Upcoming Fourth of July, all you Americans out there!!)