A view of the sea with the nine yellow five-pointed stars of the Tuvalu flag.

Vaiaso o te ‘Gana Tuvalu – Tuvalu Language Week 2020

Fakatālofa atu! It’s Tuvalu Language Week, Vaiaso o te ‘Gana Tuvalu Sunday 27 September to Saturday 3 October. This year’s theme is Fakatili Te Kiloga Fou, Navigating the Changing Environment.

Six things about Tuvalu

  1. Tuvalu means eight islands standing together. Tu means stand and valu means eight, however, there are actually nine islands.
  2. Tuvalu used to be called Ellice Islands, with Kiribati as Gilbert Islands.
  3. Tuvalu is the fourth-smallest nation in the world. Discover more about Tuvalu history.
  4. The national game of Tuvalu is Te ano.
  5. A key challenge facing Tuvalu is climate change and Tuvalu people will be the first climate refugees due to rising sea levels. Explore resources, including TV and Radio documentaries, on Tuvalu climate change.
  6. The language of Tuvalu is very close to the Samoan language. Explore resources on Tuvalu language.

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