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!       



         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 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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10/27/2011 11:31:45

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

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8/30/2012 14:24:34

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8/31/2012 11:07:47

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joseph aidan

9/28/2012 08:52:25

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

10/25/2012 06:58:47

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11/16/2012 11:14:39

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

3/22/2013 18:36:26


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!

6/5/2013 11:05:14

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

6/14/2013 06:51:09

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!

7/22/2013 10:38:49

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.

Clare Ryland
9/9/2013 14:10:02

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

9/19/2013 16:32:58

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. :)


1/20/2014 11:17:44

For a free app to help learn fijian


7/10/2014 02:06:19

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have to say that I love this website. I felt compelled drop a comment and say what a sweet job you’ve done. I wish more sites would put so much effort into their website. Keep the posts coming.


Generally I do not read article on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thanks, very nice article.

Harry Teng
7/11/2014 19:48:09

Hi, I'm looking for people who can translate a general health education brochure into Fijian, I've hit all regular professional sources, but Fijian is a small language (compared to, say, Chinese or French) so it's been hard to find people. Would anyone here happen to know any?
We would like a person who reads/writes Fijian as a first language and English well, can use MS Word to type Fijian, and have access to the internet.

7/14/2014 09:58:21

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Mike. I’ve never owned a Fuji, so I can’t really say for sure. Sorry. If the gi isn’t pre-shrunk and it fits you well now, you’ll probably be in trouble if you dry it.


Hi, probably i’m being alittle off topic here, however i used to be browsing your web site and it’s stimulating. I’m writing a blog and making an attempt to form it look neat, however everytime I bit it I mess one thing up. Did you design the blog yourself?


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Hello everyone, sorry for being offtopic but what theme do you use? did you design it by yourself? I really like the theme of this blog. I believe that I have seen something like this blog but I cant remember right now.

4/25/2015 00:19:21

Mahalo nui for your site. Been looking for something so I can understand fijian better and the audio is soooo helpful! Please let me know if there are any books you would recommend or whether there are other websites. The only hard part I've had is the inflection of speech. But I am so eager to learn!

My husband will be moving from Fiji to Hawaii in June/July so he could bring them (the recommended vocab books) here to me.
Vinaka vakalevu!

12/7/2015 15:35:02

Thank you Stu for your great work.
Vinaka vakalevu. We have credited you for the use of your image at Fijian Language Society. Check us on facebook;


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