How do you say that name of a country with all those vowels that are together? How do you say Niue?
If you’re looking for the pronunciation of Niue, then this quick guide to how to pronounce Niue should help! And don’t worry, if you can pronounce Niue properly, you can always call it “The Rock”.
Niue = “Nyoo-Ay”
In short, Niue is pronounced “Nyoo-Ay”. You’re welcome.
How to Pronounce Niuean Vowels
As you travel around the island of Niue, you will come across many place names that you’re going to want to be able to pronounce properly. Most Niuean words are easy to pronounce as long as you know how to pronounce vowels in Niuean.
Niuean Vowel Pronunciation
- A: Pronounce it as the a in “car”
- E: Pronounce it as the e in “leg”
- I: Pronounce it as the ee in “sheet”
- O: Pronounce it as the o in “short”
- U: Pronounce it as the oo in “pool”
Learn more about Vagahau Niue in What is the Niue Language?
The Niuean Language
The language of Niue is Vagahau Niue, otherwise known as Niuean. More people speak Niuean outside of Niue than in Niue, yet Niuean is still classified as a “definitely endangered language” according to UNESCO. The north of the island has a slightly different dialect than what is spoken in the south. This dialect is called “motu”.
Common Words in Niuean
Interesting in learning some other words in Niuean? How about…
Hello: Fakalofa Atu
Thank you (very much): Fakaue (Lahi)
Eat or Food: Kai
Other Names Given to Niue
Niue has wracked up quite a lot of names for itself over the centuries. The name the country goes by today, Niue, means “behold the coconut”.
After British explorer, James Cook, attempted to land on the island in 1774 only to be chased off by locals who challenged with a war dance, he named the island “Savage Island”. Learn more about the history of Niue here.
Nowadays, Niue has been affectionately nicknamed “The Rock of the Pacific” or “The Rock”, for short. This is due to its rocky limestone landscape unlike any other island in the South Pacific.
For more interesting tidbits about Niue, see the 10 Fun Facts About Niue.