Islanders speak very fluent English, courtesy of a long
history of closeness to New Zealand, but their native
tongue is Cook Islands Maori.
with travel in any country (except maybe France) the locals
do appreciate a few words in their own language - it shows
you are making an effort.
New Zealanders the language of the Cooks will be easy
to pick up as it is very similar to Maori.
found myself wandering around the place saying "Kia
Orana" a lot and it was surprising how well it was
received, certainly much more tha I thought it would be.
Orana is used like "hello", although it means
"May you live long" or "Have a long life".
It's a bit loose for an exact translation.
I'd got comfortable with that I tried "thank you",
which is Meitaki.
useful words are:
Ra - Goodbye
Ae - Yes
Kare - No
Kai - Food
Manea - Pretty, or Handsome
had a good look around the internet for extra words that
could prove useful but there isn't a lot of info about
so if you know more please let us know by emailing us