Tahitian is the officially recognized language of the islands of French Polynesia and is spoken throughout Oceania. Tahitian is a language of Eastern Malayo-Polynesian origin that has much in common with the Rarotongan and Hawaiian languages. It is spoken principally in the Society Islands, an island group which includes the island of Tahiti. In the Tuamotu Archipelago, it is also spoken on some of the northwestern islands. Throughout Oceania, there is also a diverse diaspora of Tahitian speakers stretching south as far as New Zealand. For the most part, French Polynesians, for whom Tahitian is not their native language, are either fully or partially bilingual. The Tahitian language itself consists of only several hundred words, but the complexity and flexibility of the syntax do make it possible to compose complex and nuance-filled sentences. Despite what is popularly believed, he letter "B" does not actually exist in the Tahitian language. The famous term Bora Bora is in reality Pora Pora, which means "first born." Early visitors to the islands misunderstood it to be Bora Bora.