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69. Speaking Tahitian

Released Monday, 16th August 2021
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Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. My guest today is Moenau and we’re having a conversation about the Tahitian language and the culture of French Polynesia.

I learned a TON in this episode and I hope that you listeners will as well. Moenau talks to us about growing up in French Polynesia speaking French and learning the Tahitian language from her great-grandmother. She tells us not only about the Tahitian language but also about the 5 other languages that are native to French Polynesia. We talk about the differences within the country among these different languages and we learn about the grammatical structure of Tahitian and what makes it stand out among other languages in the South Pacific. We definitely spend some time talking about culture in French Polynesia including a rich and meaningful storytelling tradition and the cultural concept of “mana” that exists in many cultures and countries in the South Pacific

As an extra to this episode, you can find a deleted portion of the conversation by becoming a member on Buy me a Coffee where Moenau and I talk about Tahitian food and culinary traditions. We’re discussing all of it from seafood to desserts to tropical fruits that you probably won't find outside of the region. If you don’t know much about Tahitian food, you will want to hear this - but don’t listen on an empty stomach!

Big thank you to Moenau for this conversation and for sharing your Tahitian language and your culture with us. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! 

Oh and one more thing, I’m taking a short break for the next few weeks. Speaking Tongues will be back on September 13 with a new episode - a video episode- that you can watch clips of on YouTube! 

To Find Moenau:

Website: http://www.poly-lingual.com/

Instagram @polylingualreotahiti

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/POLYLingualTahiti

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3-B6hMhkke…

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