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  Fijian language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fijian is an Austronesian language of the Malayo-Polynesian family spoken in Fiji.
The 1997 Constitution established Fijian as an official language of Fiji, along with English and Hindustani, and there is discussion about establishing it as the "national language," though English and Hindustani would remain official.
Similar calls came from Misiwini Qereqeretabua, the Director of the Institute of Fijian Language and Culture, and from Apolonia Tamata, a linguistics lecturer at Suva’s University of the South Pacific, who both said that recognition of the Fijian language is essential to the nation’s basic identity, as a unifying factor in Fiji’s multicultural society.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Fijian_language   (514 words)

 Fijian Translation - Translate Fijian Language Translator
The population of Fiji is divided almost equally between native Fijians, a Melanesian people (51%), and Indo-Fijians (43.7%), descendent of Indian contract laborers brought to the islands by the British in the 19th century.
Three official languages are prescribed by the constitution: English, which was introduced by the former British colonial rulers, Bau Fijian, spoken by ethnic Fijians, and Hindustani, the main language spoken by Indo-Fijians.
Some Fijian dialects, especially in the west of the country, differ markedly from the official Bau standard, and would probably be considered separate languages if they had a codified grammar or a literary tradition.
www.translation-services-usa.com /languages/fijian.shtml   (899 words)

 Rob Kay's FijiGuide
This sketch of the Fijian language shows that early missionaries did not choose the unusual features of their alphabet at random, or because they ran out of certain letters when they began to print books in Fijian, as has sometimes been suggested.
Fijian is a living language, a language to be used, to be perpetuated, and to be enjoyed.
The Fijian language is part of a widely scattered language family known as Austronesian or Malayo-Polynesian, reaching west to Madagascar, east to Easter Island (Rapanui), and north to Hawai'i.
www.fijiguide.com /Facts/language.html   (1583 words)

 Learn Fijian Language - Free Conversational Fijian Lessons Online - Common Fijian Words and Phrases   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
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Fijian Language Exchange Pen-Pals - Community of people from around the world interested in teaching you their language and sharing their culture with you.
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 Language of Fiji, words and phrases of Fiji, Prouncing Fijian
It is the language the government uses and is the main language of education, commerce and the courts.
Fijians do, however, have a constitutional right to communicate with the government in any one of the three official languages.
The Austronesian languages are a family of languages that are found throughout the islands of Southeast Asia and the Pacific and continental Asia.
www.earthyfamily.com /FJ-words.htm   (336 words)

 Fiji Times Online > Your Say
Fijian language was given by God for the purpose that the world will never be the same.
The common language in Fiji (for Fijians) is the Bauan dilect.
Fijians are a divided race _ divided from the beginning until the arrival of the Brits...
www.fijitimes.com /yourSay.aspx?id=7   (4857 words)

 Fijian   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Fijian is the Melanesian language of the Eastern, or Oceanic, branch of the Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian) language family.
It is spoken by about 366,000 persons on the islands of Fiji as either a first or a second language.
Of the several dialects of Fijian, which are divided into Eastern and Western groups, standard Fijian, based on an Eastern dialect (Bauan) and called Bauan Fijian, is known to all indigenous Fijians.
www.flw.com /languages/fijian.htm   (69 words)

 About Fiji : History & Culture : Say it in Fijian - Fiji Visitors Bureau   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Almost everyone in Fiji speaks English - as it is the official language, but the Fijian language is preserved and widely spoken in many different dialects.
It is handy to know some of the more common words and phrases, and the Fijians will be delighted to know you picked up some of their language.
Fijian pronunciation is similar to English, but with a few changes to the phonetic alphabet.
www.fijifvb.gov.fj /about/history/say_it.shtml   (207 words)

 Amazon.ca: Books: A Grammar of Boumaa Fijian   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The people who live in the Boumaa region of the Fijian island of Taveuni speak a dialect of Fijian that is mutually intelligible with Standard Fijian, the two differing as much perhaps as do the American and British varieties of English.
Fijian is an agglutinating language, one in which words are formed by the profligate combining of morphemes.
The language is also marked by a highly developed pronoun system and by a vocabulary rich in areas of social significance.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0226154289   (425 words)

 Fijian language --  Encyclopædia Britannica
Melanesian language of the Eastern, or Oceanic, branch of the Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian) language family.
languages belonging to the Eastern, or Oceanic, branch of the Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian) language family and spoken in the islands of Melanesia.
The Melanesian languages, of which there are about 400, are most closely related to the languages of Micronesia and Polynesia; most have a few hundred or a few thousand speakers, and the total number of speakers of...
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9034244?tocId=9034244   (703 words)

 Fijian language, alphabet and pronunciation
Fijian is an Austronesian language of the Malayo-Polynesian family spoken in Fiji (Viti) by about 320,000 people.
David Cargill (1809-1843), a scottish missionary and pioneer in the study of the Fijian Language, devised a way of writing Fijian with the Latin alphabet.
He came up with several spelling systems, noted the reactions of the Fijians to them and abandoned the ones that didn't work.
www.omniglot.com /writing/fijian.htm   (201 words)

 Learn Fijian Online - Write or Speak in Fijian Language Exchange
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If we look at the other languages, Fijian and Hindi, and for that matter, monolingual English, you can see that in gross terms their situation is virtually static across the generations.
It is possible that the more vigorous teaching of Fijian in schools has benefited younger speakers in a way that was missed by the immediate post-colonial 18-30 group, whereas the older age cohorts perhaps found their optimum competence in a more strictly stratified community.
Fijian language radio is used extensively for the communication of personal messages in rural areas.
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 World Atlas of Language Structures: List of Sources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
This bibliography first lists the sources for languages in the 100-language sample, followed by a list of sources for languages in the 200-language sample that are not in the 100-language sample.
Studies in Chinantec Languages 2 Summer Institute of Linguistics and the University of Texas at Arlington.
Beaton, A. A Grammar of the Fur Language.
linguistics.buffalo.edu /people/faculty/dryer/dryer/atlas.bib   (2246 words)

 Wansolwara (Print Edition)
Accordingly, the language of the vast majority of media output is French and Dutch.
Yet the whole process is done in a language that is foreign to them all.
We should bear in mind also that the Fijian language is not spoken only by Fijian people.
www.usp.ac.fj /journ/docs/wansol/6301/630125paul.html   (1148 words)

 Fiji Culture and Religion - Cultural Ceremonies & the Fijian Language - Fiji Visitor Information
The Fijians are pretty easy-going, but if you are invited into a village, wear modest clothing and take off your hat (wearing one is an insult to the chief) when in the village.
Fijians are the friendliest people in the world.
A Methodist service will give you a good insight into how the Fijian village culture is structured and why the people are so friendly and family-focussed.
www.tourismfiji.com /page6-21.html   (906 words)

 AsiaMedia :: FIJI: Indigenous language TV station mooted
In Fiji, the problem occurred when the English language was used to the exclusion of minority languages, as in broadcast.
He says the idea of a Fijian language TV station is an untapped opportunity.
Halofaki is concerned that apart from the school system, Fijians have no other way of understanding their language.
www.asiamedia.ucla.edu /article.asp?parentid=9852   (766 words)

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Fijian pronunciation isn't difficult for the English speaker, since most of the sounds in English are the same as the one in the Fijian language.
The standard Fijian alphabet uses all the English letters, except (x).
Fijian is often said to be a relatively easy language to learn, because there are no long lists of verbs conjugations, noun declensions, irregular past tenses, and so on.
www.geocities.com /nuno_tu/fijiangrammar.html   (1359 words)

 Fijian Families Village Homestay
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 Ethnologue 14 report for language code:HIF
The following is the entry for this language as it appeared in the 14th edition (2000).
It has been superseded by the corresponding entry in the 15th edition (2005).
Speakers were brought by the British to work as indentured laborers from 1879 until the 1920s.
www.ethnologue.com /show_language.asp?code=HIF   (135 words)

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Learn and practice your Fijian with a native speaker in a language exchange viaemail, text chat, and voice chat.
The peculiarity of the language situation in Norway has its explanation in thecountry's and the Nordic countries' history.
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 I S L A N D V O I C E S.N E T :: V o i c e s   of   P o l y n e s i a   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
And why is Nandi spelled N-A-D-I-?" These questions have been asked by every visitor to Fiji for the past century and even longer.
We therefore substituted one consonant for the two, & the natives were quite delighted with the improvement, and joyfully exclaimed, "You have just now known the nature of our language; we are just now able to read the books which you have written."
Using Fijian Greetings The simplest way to begin using Fijian is with the greetings, and most common is:
www.islandvoices.net /history.php?language=fiji   (1694 words)

 Fijian Language Schools, Teachers, Tutors, Lessons, Classes - Learn Fijian from a Teacher
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In general, my priority is to show you the beauty of the language and to make it accessible and enjoyable for you.
Once you are in love with the French language, then half of your problem is solved and the rest is just a matter of time and work.
www.language-school-teachers.com /?selX6=88   (260 words)

 Fijian-English/English-Fijian Dictionary
I am a student of the Fijian language and I have created this site mainly as a study aid for myself and any others who wish to use it.
If you can't find a particular word you are looking for on this site then I suggest you refer to the additional reference materials listed below.
Fijian phrasebook, Paul Geraghty, Lonely Planet, Australia, 1994
fijidictionary.tripod.com   (137 words)

 Fijian Translation Service - English to Fijian Translators   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
We realise that you still want high quality Fijian translation done on time and at a reasonable price.
Professional translators whose native language is Fijian perform our English to Fijian translation.
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www.appliedlanguage.com /languages/fijian_translation.shtml   (265 words)

 Learn To Speak Fijian
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 Phrasebase - Fijian Language Facts And Information
Bau is very similar to Standard Fijian, used as traditional lingua franca among Fijians.
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 EnglishLibrary.net | Reference > Languages (language profiles & study courses)
Reference > Languages (language profiles and study courses)
University of Nevada: Lessons in the Basque Language
Faculty of Peking Language Institute: New Chinese 300
www.davidappleyard.com /library/languages.htm   (250 words)

 Ethnologue 14 report for language code:FJI
Eastern half of Viti Levu and its eastern offshore islands, Kadavu Island, Vanua Levu and its offshore islands, Nayau, Lakeba, Oneata, Moce, Komo, Namuka, Kabara, Vulaga, Ogea, Vatoa islands as mother tongue; other areas of Fiji as second language.
Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Central Pacific, East Fijian-Polynesian, East Fijian.
The southern part of Vanua Levu has several dialects similar to Bau.
www.ethnologue.com /show_language.asp?code=FJI   (223 words)

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