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Extinct: no
Family: Malayo-Polynesian
Branch: Polynesian
Continent: Australia
Country: French Polynesia
Region: Society Islands and some islands in the Tuamotus including the Mihiroa group. Also spoken in New Caledonia, New Zealand, Vanuatu.
Countries Where Spoken: 117,000 in French Polynesia (1977 census) including several thousand non-Tahitians. Population total all countries 125,000.
Countries Where Official: French Polynesia
Native Speakers: 125,000
Speakers Total: 125,000
Phrasebase members who speak Tahitian at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Tahitian at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Tahitian: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Tahitian: 0
Three Letter Code: THT
Alternative Names: none
Summary: 85% lexical similarity with Rarotongan, 76% with Hawaiian. National language. Dictionary. Agriculturalists: taro, yam, sweet potato, corn, eggplant, tomato, melon, lettuce, coconut, breadfruit, Tahitian chestnut, mango, banana, coffee; fishermen; livestock (pigs, cattle). Bible 1838-1913.

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