Tuvaluan is a Nuclear Polynesian language of the Ellicean group spoken in Tuvalu. It is more or less distantly related to all other Polynesian languages, such as Hawaiian, Maori, Tahitian, Samoan, and Tongan, and most closely related to the languages spoken on the Polynesian Outliers in Micronesia and Northern and Central Melanesia. Tuvaluan has borrowed considerably from Samoan, the language of Christian missionaries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There are about 13,000 Tuvaluan speakers worldwide. (Ref: Wikipedia)
Tuvaluan on whatamieating.com
To find foods and food-related items in whatamieating.com in Tuvaluan you may search by any sensible combination of the following terms:
Austronesian Ellice Ellicean Ellis Islands Polynesia Polynesian Tuvalu Tuvaluan
These terms associated with languages are hidden behind the scenes as there is some crossover with other languages. This is not intended to be offensive and I apologise to anyone who feels affronted. In the same way I have included 'Indian' in the search terms for foods of Sri Lanka, 'English' in searches of the food glossary for Welsh or Scottish; likewise for other Indian, African or South American food terms, where any of hundreds of languages may be in use. It is simply to aid the traveller, often ignorant of the finer detail.
You may use any of the above terms in any search you make using 'Translate from English' so that if you wish to search for a translation of aubergine (US: eggplant), choose whichever of these language terms that you think is most appropriate, say
'Tuvalu eggplant' and then click on 'Translate from English'.
One of the problems of providing searches in a multilingual world-wide food dictionary is trying to help people reach the things they are searching for. People do not always know the precise language being used, so these more general searches such as 'Polynesian' may help in a successful search.
Also included in the glossary are dishes from the cuisine of the region, cookery terms, cooking methods, drinks, food festivals, days of the week, months of the year etc.
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