Bula everyone,
    This is the online version of Stu's guide to learning Fijian.  There are many many different dialects spoken through out the islands, these notes 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.

    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 strip a car.  

As we understand each part we can begin to assemble the language piece by piece.  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.  Assignments will be asking everyone in the online study group to participate in researching the answers.   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 didnt 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 its saved in the chat bar so you can write it down in your Journal and paste it onto this webstie!       

          
           

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         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. 
  

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This is a small one I bought in Nadi town for 2 bucks! its a planner for 2011, just get something with lots of pages and lots of space to write down stuff.  Trust me on this! Get one!

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Comments

10/27/2011 00:31

This is incredibly cool. Would love to have you blog on my site and join Fijiguide.com

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06/22/2012 20:56

Is there a way to search blogs on Weebly?

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henry
07/16/2012 16:04

Will you be doing more lessons ands assignments in the future?

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Good placement from your side. Such type of information must be spread in such a way that people could easily find good stuff for their knowledge enhancement.

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08/31/2012 01:07

Nice blog! I've been looking for books on this nature and i'm glad that i found yours. I'll check back often for more useful informations from you. :)

joseph aidan
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09/27/2012 22:52

Hey, great idea for a website. And I see Robert Kay (owner of a great Fiji travel blog) has already given his stamp of approval further up in the comments.

Anyway, Im not sure if this site is still active or not? But if you wanted to give you stuff some extra exposure on my own site, just let me know. Im sure we could come to some arrangement that would be mutually beneficial.

Cheers, AJ

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10/24/2012 19:58

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11/16/2012 00:14

your sight is awesome! i am currently working on my own site for my dad's language. keep up the work!

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03/22/2013 07:36

Bula!

I'm so glad I stumbled upon your website. What a great tutorial for the Fijian Language. I can't wait to share your site with my readers.

Vinaka! Vinaka!
Theresa

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jack
06/05/2013 01:05

Hi, the link for 'Start your first lesson' isn't working

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Tina
06/13/2013 20:51

Thanks for this brilliant website! You may be interested to know that New Zealand is holding its inaugural Fijian Language Week from the 7-13 October 2013. Fijians here across the country are very excited about this as it marks a major milestone in this country! This is part of a series of Pacific language weeks that are now celebrated across the country every year. Sadly, many second and third generation Fijians in NZ don't understand and/or speak the language, and this is an opportunity to showcase various online initiatives, such as your website, as well as plan other activities to mark the event. Be great if you could come and join us during that week, so kids here can see how a non-native speaker like yourself can make speaking Fijian sound so do-able and totally cool! We would love to hear back from you and any other online or digital resources you've got. Great work!

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07/22/2013 00:38

What a surprise to find that there is a website that teaches Fijian language. I struggle with Fijian a little bit and it's good that I can have an online resource to pick up on my Fijian vocabulary.

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Clare Ryland
09/09/2013 04:10

Please could you help us with my daughter's school project?

We're trying to collect the words 'one hundred and forty' in 140 different languages, as part of her idea to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the school.

Would you be able to help us with the Fijian version of this?

Many thanks, it would be much appreciated!

Best regards

Clare Ryland
London

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Véronique
09/19/2013 06:32

I'm not the owner of the website at all, but I can tell you that 140 is : duanadrau va sagavulu. I've spent 2 months in Fiji and learned some of the language. :)

Véronique
Canada

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01/20/2014 00:17

For a free app to help learn fijian

http://learnfijian.blogspot.co.nz/p/free-app_9.html?m=1

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