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How To Say ‘Hello’ In Fijian + Other Useful Fijian Greetings

Wondering how to say ‘hello’ in Fijian? 

This post covers how to greet people in Fijian and teaches you some essential phrases including ‘hello’, ‘good morning’, ‘good afternoon’ and ‘good night’. 

Hopefully you’ll leave this page knowing some essential Fijian greetings.

How Do You Say ‘Hello’ In Fijian?

If you want to say ‘hello’ to someone in Fijian then you can do so with the following phrases:

  • Hello – Bula (Boola)
  • Hello – Bula vinaka (Boola vee-nahka)
  • Hello (more polite) – Ni sa bula (Nee sah boola)
  • Hello (more polite) – Ni sa bula vinaka (Nee sah boola vee-nahka)

‘Bula’ is by far the most common greeting in Fiji. It’s used to say ‘hello’ or ‘hi’ but literally means ‘life’. Bula can also mean ‘welcome’.

The phrase ‘ni sa bula vinaka’ or ‘ni sa bula’ is an extended greeting which also wishes someone good health and life. These are a bit more formal/polite than just ‘bula’ or ‘bula vinaka’. 

When pronouncing the word ‘bula’ there is an almost silent ‘m’ sound at the start. Try saying it this way to sound more like a native. Listen to the pronunciation below:

How To Say Other Greetings In Fijian e.g. ‘Good Morning’

You may want to use some other greetings in Fijian such as ‘good morning’, ‘good afternoon’ and ‘good night’. Check out these other Fijian greetings below:

How To Say ‘Good Morning’ In Fijian

To say ‘good morning’ in Fijian, you can say:

  • Good morning – Yadra (Yan-dra)
  • Good morning (more polite) – Ni sa yadra (Nee sah yan-dra)

These phrases are used to say ‘good morning’ in Fijian. 

The word ‘yadra’ literally means ‘wake up’ but this word is used as a morning greeting.

How To Say ‘Good Afternoon’ In Fijian

To say ‘good afternoon’ in Fijian, you can say:

  • Good afternoon – Bula (Boola)
  • Good afternoon (more polite) – Ni sa bula (Nee sah boola)

In Fijian, there isn’t a specific way to say ‘good afternoon’ so you should just use the greeting ‘bula’ instead.

How To Say ‘Good Evening’ In Fijian

To say ‘good evening’ in Fijian, you can say:

  • Good evening – Bula (Boola)
  • Good evening (more polite – Ni sa bula (Nee sah boola)

In Fijian, there isn’t a specific way to say ‘good evening’ so you should just use the greeting ‘bula’ instead.

How To Say ‘Good Night’ In Fijian

To say ‘good night’ in Fijian, you can say:

  • Good night – Moce (Mo-thay)
  • Good night (more polite) – Ni sa moce (Nee sah mo-thay)

The above phrases ‘moce’ and ‘ni sa moce’ can be used to say ‘good night’ as well as ‘goodbye’. 

The word ‘moce’ literally means ‘sleep’ but the word has come to mean the last thing that you say to someone as they leave. 

It can be used in a variety of scenarios including if someone is leaving or if they’re going to bed.

Check out the video below to hear the pronunciation of the phrases in this post:

Thanks for reading this post on how to greet someone in Fijian. Hopefully you now know how to say ‘hello’ in Fijian and also how to say ‘good morning’, ‘good afternoon’ and ‘good night’ in Fijian.

Want to learn more Fijian? Learn how to ask someone ‘how are you?’ in Fijian.

You can find out more about the Fijian language here.

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