Monday, February 26, 2007

Learn to Speak Tahitian

Young Girl With Hat

Bruce Rimell, a fascinating Englishman, has created a wonderful Web site about the Tahitian language.

What's truly amazing is that he has never been to Tahiti but rather became interested in learning the language when he fell in love with Pacific island music while living in Japan. He writes "So without any grammar or textbooks to work from, I kept listening to the music, and slowly tried to take the language of the songs apart so that I could learn how to speak it".

He has now created online Tahitian lessons (and a quiz).
Both English-Tahitian and Tahitian-English dictionaries are available.

For fans of Tahitian music he has also translated the lyrics of various songs.

Photo courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme.

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