Greetings from the language groups we are trying to preserve.

Language
Greetings
in Palagi
Current state of the language

Pukapuka
PEWEA
KO LELEI WUA
ATA WAI WOLO
Hello, how are you?
I'm fine.
Hello/Thank you
840 speakers left
Definitely endangered-children no longer learn the language as mother tongue in the home
http://www.cookislands.org.uk/pukapuka.html

Tongareva

also known as Penrhyn

  • Tongareva-600 speakers left
  • (Severely endangered-language is spoken by grandparents and older generations; while the parent generation may understand it, they do not speak it to children or among themselves)
http://www.cookislands.org.uk/penrhyn
Rakahanga & Manihiki

2 islands close by


  • Rakahanga Manihiki-5,000 speakers left
  • (Definitely endangered-children no longer learn the language as mother tongue in the home)
http://www.cookislands.org.uk/manihiki

http://www.cookislands.org.uk/rakahanga.html



  • Rarotongan- 43,000 (16800[ NOW 12,000 -5,000 speakers] in Cook Islands, remainder mainly in New Zealand [58, 000]
  • (Vulnerable-most children speak the language, but it may be restricted to certain domains (e.g., home)
http://www.cookislands.org.uk/raro1



[Update -severe recent loss means fewer than 5% of school age children in NZ can speak any Cook Islands language]

Tokelau
Malo ni, ea mai koe?
Hello, How are you?
  • Tokelauen -4,500 speakers left
  • (Severely endangered-language is spoken by grandparents and older generations; while the parent generation may understand it, they do not speak it to children or among themselves)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokelauan_language
Niue


Niue
  • Niuean- 14000 (1260 on Niue, remainder mostly in New Zealand)
  • (Definitely endangered-children no longer learn the language as mother tongue in the home [only update11% of school age speakers]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niuean_language
Samoan


369,957 total speakers world wide


60,000 of them are speakers in Amerika Samoa
The research by Dr Daniel Aga
“Suesuega Lautele i le Tulaga o le Gagana Samoa i Amerika Samoa; Research on the State of the Samoan Language in American Samoa.” Shows the rapid decline of Samoan. In Pago Samoans speak Samoan as a second language.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samoan_language

The Legacy of American Empire: American Samoa
http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/legacy-american-empire-american-samoa-0