The Unofficial Aitutaki Dictionary

 

Hello again from the Big Blue!

I thought it was about time that I shared some of the local language with everyone. "Kia Orana" is the typical greeting here and literally means "May you live long". Thank you is expressed as "Meitaki" or if you want to be very polite, "Meitaki atupaka". When saying goodbye, you usually say, "Ka kite", which is kind of like "See you later".

Although the native language here is Maori, each island has it’s own unique linguistic quirks and Aitutaki is no exception. I thought this week I’d share with you part of the Aitutaki dictionary that I am compiling. I’ve used photos to help explain. Hope you enjoy!

Lawnmower…

MOBILE HOME…

BIKER CHICK…

PARTY ANIMAL…

RECYCLING STATION…

SCHOOL…

HARD DAY AT THE OFFICE…

FREQUENT FLYER…

RUSH HOUR…

AIR FRESHENER…

ALARM CLOCK…

FAST FOOD… (wahoo have been clocked swimming 77 km/h!)

ENERGY CONSERVATION PROGRAM…

Obviously, this is a work in progress! I’ll keep you updated.

QUESTION: How was your week? Well?

Until next week, I hope this finds you healthy, happy & lovin’ life!

The Princess

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