Tālofa! Let’s Talk About the Samoan Language

Even though English is widely spoken, Samoan remains to be their national language. It is soft and beautiful to the ears which is the main reason why it is a good language to learn about. So, are you excited to learn about the Samoan Language?

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islandizeshop

2021-01-27 2 Min read

Talofa! 

 

This is how people living in the Samoan Islands say hi with each other. Today, we are going to learn more Samoan words and phrases so you will understand the language more. 

 

Even though English is widely spoken, Samoan remains to be their national language. It is soft and beautiful to the ears which is the main reason why it is a good language to learn about. So, are you excited to learn about the Samoan Language?

 

Moreover, the people living in Samoan would be very much delighted if you try to speak their language when you go there someday for a visit. It would be better to learn a couple this early so you will come prepared when you step foot on the Samoan Islands!

 

The first thing that you must learn is that the Samoan Language has a formal and informal form. The informal form is used in their everyday conversations. 

 

Here are some basic words that you may want to try out:

 

English

Samoan

Hi or Hello

Talofa

Good morning

Manuia le taeao

Good evening

Manuia le afiafi

Good bye

Tòfā

Good luck

Ia manuia

Good day

Manuia le aso

Yes

'Ioe

No

Leai

Maybe

Ailoga

Welcome

Susu mai

Sorry

Fa'amalie atu

Thank you

Fa'afetai

Please

Fa'amolemole

Big

Tele

Small

La'itiiti

Near

Latalata

Far

Mamao

 

Now that you know some basic words in Samoan language, you may also want to learn how to count the Samoan way. 

 

 

English

Samoan

One

Tasi

Two

Lua

Three

Tolu

Four

Fa

Five 

Lima

Six

Ono

Seven

Fitu

Eight

Valu

Nine

Iva

Ten

Sefulu

 

Great! You just learned how to count from one to ten in Samoan. At this point, you are now ready to learn some basic Samoan phrase, so what are we waiting for? Let us proceed and learn to say more things in Samoan!

 

 

English

Samoan

What is your name?

O ai lou igoa?

My name is...

O lo'u igoa o...

I'm from...

Ou te sau mai...

Pleased to meet you

Ua ou fiafia ua ta feiloa'i

How are you?

Oa mai oe?

I do not understand

'Ou te lē mālamalama

I do not know

Ou te leiloa

Do you speak English?

E te iloa tautala fa'aIgilisi?

Excuse me

Tulou lava

I love you

Ou te alofa ia te oe

 

That's it! You have already learned about the Samoan Language and how to speak it. I hope you enjoy this lesson!

 

Facts about the Samoan language

The Samoan language is the official language of the country. It is estimated that the total number of speakers globally is at 510,000. Here are facts about the language.

 

There’s a decline in language use

It’s of utmost importance to love and speak on one’s tongue to uphold the Samoan culture. However, in the last decade, there’s a steady decline of everyday conversations in the Samoan language. 

 

But-

Fret not! Famous actors Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Jason Momoa placed the Polynesian culture in the limelight and there’s a steady rise in the Samoan language use again.

  

Language and cultural preservation

To prevent the loss of the language, there are national programs to include this language in television, schools, and content media. It is important our children are acquainted with the language to be able to pass down our mother tongue for the preservation of our culture.