South Pacific Phrasebook

This multi-language phrasebook is a perfect reference guide for people travelling to various Pacific islands. It covers the native tongues of Fiji, Hawaii, New Caledonia, Niue, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, New Zealand, and Rapa Nui. Apart from dozens of ready-made expressions, which are extremely useful in everyday conversations, it contains dictionary-style lists of common words, easy-to-follow pronunciation keys, and immensely interesting cultural tips.

Thanks to this practical book you’ll get a chance to acquaint yourself with certain Oceanic languages. If you ever choose to learn one of them, it’s a great thing to start with.

Pidgin Phrasebook

Another multi-language phrasebook, only it covers the pidgins and creoles of Vanuatu (Bislama), Solomon Islands (Pijin), Papua New Guinea (Tok Pisin), Torres Strait Islands (Yumpla Tok), and northern Australia (Kriol). These may not be the best-known languages in the world, nevertheless they function as lingua franca in some areas and thus are worth travellers’ attention.

The content of the book is very similar to that of other titles in the series. There are nice grammar and pronunciation sections, which give you a better understanding of each language, and a large number of widely-used phrases arranged thematically. Useful advices will be helpful especially for those visiting the islands for the first time.

Fijian Phrasebook & Dictionary

As this phrasebook is focused solely on one language, it remains the most comprehensive volume in the Pacific series. Not only does it offer common words and expressions, but it also provides theoretical information that may come in handy for socially conscious tourists.

An extensive grammar section makes a good basis for other, more practical, chapters. You can learn, for example, how to build your own sentences, so during your travels you won’t be limited to prefabricated phrases. However, if that is something you expect to find in this book, you will not be disappointed. Greetings, civilities, small talks – it’s all here, along with vocabulary lists, cultural tips, and other things you should know.



  1. There’s something really fun about learning a Pacific island language – I treasure my Tuvaluan dictionary, and use it to try to write emails to my friends on the islands (which I’m sure are full of errors!). Good to know there are readily available resources available for other Pacific languages!

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