This online dictionary introduces the language and culture of Tuvalu, a beautiful island nation in Polynesia. The word lists, which are currently available mostly in Japanese, partly in English, sometimes explain words with photos and illustrations, placing importance on perceiving vocabulary in the daily lives of the Tuvaluan people. On the top page, we have several columns on the language, culture, and customs. All the words in this dictionary have been collected by Hiroshi Tachibana (Hilosi Tativana i fakaTuvalu), an associate professor at Kinjo Gakuin University in Japan, by interviewing people and researching the previous works on the Tuvaluan language and culture. I would like to express my gratitude to all the people who have always been supporting me.
There may be quite a few words that have deficient or inadequate explanations because this study has not been completed yet and is still ongoing. Especially, the English version is still a work in progress. The contents of the dictionary will be updated from time to time. If there are any particular points to highlight, then I would appreciate it if you could inform me of it.
The Maliga family, the Nakala family, Temetiu Maliga, Talaifina Maliga, Meleata Nakala, Mahafe Nakala,
Siliga Tala, Tavita Tala, Vaelei Vaelei, Launiu Pelosi, Mileta Pelosi,
Afasene Laitailiu, Elika Pepeuga, Filipo Malosi, Filogia Taliu, Fineaso Tehulu, Kapuafe Lifuka, Kyoko Kawajiri, Maina Talia, Makoto Kopai Kobayashi, Malia Ipitoa, Mesela Taaku, Natsuyo Natu Monden, Saga Malua, Sofala Lafita, Suamalie Naisali, Sunema Simati, Taaku Taaku, Talesi Singkiang, Talia Salasopa, Tefatu Panapa, Tepuu Tangisia Kilei