Tahitian is a language spoken on the Society Islands in French Polynesia. It is related to the other Polynesian languages, such as Hawaiian, Maori, and Samoan. Tahitian is also one of the official languages of French Polynesia, along with French and English. The Tahitian language is thought to have originated from the Marquesas Islands, which is about 2000 kilometers (1200 miles) away from the Society Islands. It is believed that the Tahitian people migrated to the Society Islands around 1000 AD. The Tahitian language is part of the Austronesian language family, which includes languages spoken in Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Madagascar. The Tahitian language is spoken by about 128,000 people, most of whom live on the island of Tahiti. There are also Tahitian speakers on the islands of Moorea, Bora Bora, Raiatea, and Huahine. Tahitian is also spoken in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States by Tahitian immigrants and their descendants. Tahitian is a VSO (verb–subject–object) language. That means that the verb comes first, followed by the subject, and then the object. For example, the Tahitian word for “I eat a banana” is “Ua haere au i te mau re’ira’a”. Tahitian also has a lot of loanwords from French, because of the close connection between Tahiti and France. Tahitian is a very musical language, and is often sung instead of spoken. There is a lot of emphasis on the pitch and rhythm of words, and Tahitian songs often have a lot of repetition. One of the most famous Tahitian songs is “Te Ipukarea”, which is about the beauty of Tahiti. Tahitian is a beautiful language that is closely connected to the culture and history of the Tahitian people. If you’re interested in learning Tahitian, there are many resources available, including online courses, apps, and books.

Language group

Eastern Malayo-Polynesian languages

Language locales, regions and scripts

Tahitian, French Polynesia, Latin
Tahitian, Latin
Tahitian, French Polynesia