A few words in Fijian
BULA! is the one you hear most often. Bula means Welcome, Hello, Good Afternoon and Cheers. Pretty useful word.
The other word you learn very quickly is “VINAKA”, which means “thank you”. It’s a word found in many phrases, such as:
Vanuinui vinaka – good luck
Vanuinui vinaka ki na siga ni kua – have a nice day
Vanuinui vinaka e nomu volau – bon voyage
Notice the pattern that you are wished luck with your day and your trip?
Since it is the season, here’s the way you wish Merry Christmas and Happy New Year:
Me Nomuni na marau ni siga ni sucu kei na tawase ni yabaki vou
And finally, goodbye is “Ni sa moce”. I suspect we’ll be a little sad when we have to use that one!
History of llama
When the Spanish arrived in Peru, they spent a lot of time asking the Incas questions about the local items which they’d never seen. One of these was the llama. Always, they would ask “Como se llama?” (how is that called)
The incas and other locals, not really wanting to talk to the Spanish and being very shy in general, would simply repeat words back to the Spanish. In this case “llama”. And so, the llama got it’s name not because that’s what it’s called in the Quechua language, but because the Incas could be bothered to tell the Spanish the real name!
In case anyone asks, the Quechua name is Ayllu!