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Fiji Language Week
October 6 - October 12
Fiji Language Week 2019 will be from Sunday 6 October – Saturday 12 October.
Fiji Language Week provides an opportunity for students to learn, speak, and celebrate the indigenous language of Fiji, through language, song, dance, cultural displays, and community events. Fiji Language Week helps all New Zealanders journey towards shared cultural understandings. Learning a new language gives us insight into new ways of thinking, and to different beliefs and cultural practices.
Learning a new language extends students’ linguistic and cultural understanding and their ability to interact appropriately with other speakers. Interaction in a new language, whether face to face or technologically facilitated, introduces them to new ways of thinking about, questioning, and interpreting the world and their place in it. Through such interaction, students acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes that equip them for living in a world of diverse peoples, languages, and cultures.
The New Zealand Curriculum, p 24.
How can your school get involved?
Words and phrases you can try:
Hello – Ni sa bula (nee sahm boola) or bula (mboola) for short
Goodbye – Ni sa moce (nee sa mo-they)
Good morning – Ni sa yadra (nee sa yandra)
Yes – Io (ee-o)
No – Sega (senga)
Please – Yalo vinaka (yalo vee-nahka)
Excuse me – Tolou (too low)
Thank you – Vinaka (vee-nahka)