Intended for anyone interested in the Kingdom of Tonga, this course will give you the building blocks to form a foundation in your Tongan language skills. Everything in this course was carefully thought out and organized to give you exactly what you need to know to grasp the Tongan language. The lessons are clear and concise. Whether you don't know a word of Tongan or you grew up with it, you are sure to gain insight from this course. 'Ofa Atu!
Introductory lesson, speaks to culture, geographic location, and some fun facts.
Learn the Alphabet, how to pronounce new letters, and learn how to greet someone in Tongan.
Learn some basic verbs, nouns, and cultural words.
Learn the 4 Tongan tenses and the words that go with them.
Learn pre-posed pronouns. This lesson is absolutely crucial to know, understand, and memorize.
Learn the other set of pronouns.
Learn Tongan prepositions.
Learn how to use the word for 'no' to say 'not' and 'don't'.
Who, what, when, where, why?
The second half of the previous lesson.
Learn how to make words plural in Tongan.
Learn how to compare two nouns with this basic sentence structure.
Learn Intransitive sentences. A sentence with a subject and a verb but no object.
Learn perhaps the most essential sentence structure in Tongan.
Learn the first set of possessive pronouns.
This lesson brings the whole course together as a review.
Josh studied and taught in the Tongan language for 2 years as a LDS missionary. He then became an Instructor at the Missionary Training Center for an additional 1.5 years where he taught over 100 students the Tongan Language. During this time he also completed 16 credit hours (equivalent to a minor) of Tongan classes at Brigham Young University.