Tongan Common Phrases

Have you ever wanted to learn common Tongan phrases like ‘where are you going ? or ‘what is  the time ? In this video, you can learn some basic Tongan phrases that you can use in everyday conversations.  

Malo e lelei ! Pacific Learners is delighted to continue our series of animated videos focused on increasing your knowledge of the beautiful Tongan Language. 

At Pacific Learners, one of our main goals is to revitalise Pacific Languages. We do this by continuing to release language videos and images that help you become familiar with basic words, phrases, numbers and letters as well as incorporate songs and stories. 

To grow and develop in the Tongan language, incorporate Tongan phrases, so instead of saying ‘what is the time?‘ give ‘koe ha e taimi?‘ a try or if someone says ‘how are you ?, you can say ‘sai pe malo’ instead of ‘good thank you’.

5 simple Tongan phrases you will learn in this video- among many others:

1. How are you? in Tongan 

Fefe hake ?

2. What is your name? in Tongan

What is your name ?

3. Where are you from? in Tongan 

Ko ho’o ha’u mei fe ?

4. I am at home in Tongan

‘Oku ou ‘i ‘api

5. Have a nice day in Tongan

Ma’u ha ‘aho lelei

Keep the learning going, we have many Tongan language videos and images that can help you in your everyday Tongan language. You can also view all our Tongan Language and Cultural videos by visiting our Tongan Language Resource Page

  • Common Tongan Words. Start off with the basics by learning common Tongan words that you can use very day 
  • I am Tongan. Learn more about the Tongan culture. Little Tevita talks about the country he loves. 


Check out our Tongan words for ‘Items found around the house’ graphic. 

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