This is the online guide to learning Fijian. This along with the ... will be tools in your journey to learn to speak Fijian! There are many many different dialects spoken through out the islands however, this study via learntospeakfijian.com are in the universally spoken dialect of the chiefly island people of Bau island.
For me, arriving to a point where I begin to understand and speak a completely foreign language did not come by osmosis. Sadly, simply just hanging around people who speak Fijian was not enough for me to learn the language. If you are like me, a proactive approach is what you might need!
These lessons are a reflection of how I approached learning 4 different Pacific Island languages. Its easier for my brain to handle the influx of memorizing the new symbols and sounds of language by striping it apart as would an auto mechanic strips a car.
What is your goal in learning Fiji? Do you want to just learn enough phrases to get by? Or are you a long term resident of Fiji looking to learn as much as possible? My goal in learning Fijian was to be able to be myself in any situation, to laugh and joke, to be respectful and courteous, and all the different feelings that can be expressed in your mother tongue. I am confidant that if you apply these lessons and exercises you will find your self comfortably understanding and speaking the language of the Fijian community. Good luck!
Materials: This Blog will host as a place where you can view lessons but know that this program is a guide to show you how to learn Fijian. People living in Fiji should have no problem finding a native speaker to help you in your goal to learn. You can sit with them and ask them to translate your words and write them down in your journal. Even easier and accessible to everyone is your facebook friends. I didn't have facebook when I learned Fijian and you need to take advantage of this great tool. If you dont already, add several Fijians to your FB friends and let them know you need help translating words and sentences from English to Fijian. This is easy and it's saved in the chat bar so you can write it down in your Journal and paste it onto this webstie!
Mentioned above is the use of a hard bound journal. This is your best friend and your relationship with your language journal will directly effect how good or bad you do in your study. If you just browse the website then you will learn very little. When you physically write down the words/sentences/proverbs/songs and other content here you physically burn those things on your memory.
This is an entirely Free platform for anyone to study Fijian. Be warned! I am NOT a trained linguist nor do I pretend to be a certified teacher or authority on anything! This Website is something different and a good base from which you can launch your self into future academic studies. If you want formal Fijian lessons I would suggest enrolling at USP in Suva! This site will never be stagnant, new content will constantly be added as we piece each important step together. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions in the comment area at the bottom of this page. Vinaka Vaka Levu.