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Tongan (lea fakatonga) is one of the many languages in the Polynesian branch of the Austronesian languages, along with Hawaiian, Maori, Samoan and Tahitian, for example. Together with Niuean, it forms the Tongic subgroup of Polynesian. By comparing Tongic to the other subgroup, Nuclear Polynesian, it is possible to reconstruct the phonology of Proto-Polynesian, the theoretical source of the Polynesian languages.

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To find foods and foods and food-related items in in Tongan you may search by any of the following terms:
Faka Fakatonga Fakatongan Island Islands Lea Pacific Tonga Tongan South

These terms associated with languages are hidden behind the scenes as there is some crossover with other languages. The traveller  may not be precisely certain which language is in use, and can search using other  terms such as "Pacific''.

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  'aubegine', choose whichever of these language terms that you think is most appropriate, say:
'Pacific aubergine' 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 other searches, such as 'Pacific' should result 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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