Tuvaluan (Te Ggana/Gagana Tuuvalu) 

Te Gagana Tuuvalu is the native and official language of Tuvalu, having influence from the Samoan and Gilbertese/Kiribati languages, it has molded these languages’ influences into itself. It has about 10,000 speakers in Tuvalu, and 2,000 or more in other countries outside of Tuvalu.  


There are two dialects, the Northern and the Southern ones. Most of the speakers are concentrated in the city and capital of Tuvalu, Funafiti. It is said that the sentence order is Verb-Subject-Object but is said to have free sentence order as well. It is considered a more distant relative of general Polynesian languages like Hawaiian or Maori. There are 11 consonants and five vowels.  Below are some resources to get started learning, or familiarizing yourself with Te Ggana Tuuvalu below, and a grammar! 

Resources :

http://www.tuvaluislands.com/lang-tv.htm (A short course)  

https://www.victoria.ac.nz/lals/about/staff/publications/paul-nation/survival-tuvaluan.pdf (phrases)  

[PDF] – a full descriptive grammar of Te Gagana Tuuvalu 

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