Mālō e lelei.
Let’s fix those mistakes with the dictionary by C. Maxwell Churchward. I am going to add misspelled words here as I progress through my learning.
Complete Tongan course by @BenjyDR: Complete Tongan - by BenjyDR - Memrise
lēsoni - the Churchward’s dictionary indicates this word without toloi, this way: lesoni; but lēsoni with toloi is very common in the internet, so it is an unresolved issue for me
fā - number four with toloi
faʻahitaʻu māfana - summer season with toloi; mafana without toloi means unpleasantly warm, stuffy, warmth, heat
mālohi - strong, powerful with toloi
fiemālie - satisfied, contented, comfortable, at ease with toloi
ifo - tasty; ifo-lelei - to taste good, ifo-kovi - to taste bad (hyphens); delicious: vovo
hinā - with toloi; there are several meanings without toloi and none of them refers to colour; hinā is grey or white - of the hair, grey colour in the first meaning is lanu-lavilavi
moli - I am not sure about this word, it means an orange or other citrus fruit, not a colour; orange colour is lanu-momoho
vaioleti - violet (flower); lanu-vaioleti - violet colour; there is no word valeti or vāleti in the dictionary, but I assume it may have changed since 1959, so I would be grateful, if someone told me about the correct spelling
lanu-kelokelo - reddish brown; brown or tan is lanu-melomelo
kulamūmū - crimson, toloi two times
pingikī - pink colour with toloi
fakamālohi-sino - (to do) physical exercise, with toloi and hyphen
ʻilo - to know with fakau’a
fakamaau - to put in order, to make tidy, to straighten out or to judge; fakama’a - to clean with fakau’a
nofo noa / nofo noaʻia - to be idle, to be doing nothing (space mark)
feimeʻakai - to prepare food, to cook; not: feimeaʻakai
fie maʻu - to desire to get or have, to want (space mark)
weather - I feel confused about this word in Tongan, I cannot find the word 'ea for weather; there are only two words 'ea in the dictionary, in the first meaning it translates as - air, the second meaning is - heir; from English to Tongan I find the word weather described as - anga ʻo e ʻahó; or - anga ʻo e matangi; there is also ʻalotāmaki - not good or stormy weather; and ʻalomālie - (to be) good or fine weather
ʻafuʻia - there is no such word in the dictionary, maybe it is acceptable
kopoa - catfish, pilipili - young cuttle-fish (feke - cuttle-fish or octopus)
lō - ant, with toloi
ʻunufe - caterpillar, with fakau’a
vāsua - clam, with toloi
mongomonga - beetle (of any kind), or any similar insect (such as a cockroach); not: mongomongo
You should always post a link to the course in question. Also check whether the course’s author is on the forum. To do so, create a posting and write an @ plus her/his name, like @user8 (not quite an all too useful username, BTW!). If the user exists, you’ll see a popup appear with her/his avatar.
Too bad: since Benjy does not have a forum account, you have no way to inform him about quirks and the such.
That said, you can try to be added as a contributor to the course. See here for more information:
Since I am a very beginner to learning Tongan, I do not consider the idea of co-authoring a course On the other hand, anyone can use a reliable dictionary to check spelling. Thus, I decided to try making notes about the errors found, collecting them all in one post. If I will not leave my plan and I will have a good list of corrected words, it might be useful. Or maybe after some time this topic, without disturbing anyone, will simply be covered with dust. I’ll try! The reason for creating this topic was mistakes, that I’ve noticed in the course, I was initially upset because of that and I wanted to quit study. But since there are no available Tongan language programs anywhere else than on Memrise, I don’t want to disclaim the material that is here, even with those mistakes. Let’s see how things go
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