Tamaiti Samoana is a collection of Samoan words, phrases, readings, conversation snippets, stories and LOTS of audio for anyone working on acquiring the Samoan language.
While we do offer a few Samoan grammar lessons here, we are not a Samoan language ‘course’. Everyone learns differently. We’re just giving you Samoan language resources that you can use to teach yourself – or to teach each other (because for a lot of us, the best way to learn is to teach, right?)
Tamaiti is the Samoan word for children, and many of our resources are aimed at kids.
Only a couple hundred thousand people in the world speak Samoan fluently (just over half the world’s Samoan population), so our language is at risk.
Renowned linguist John Whorter says that if you want to preserve a language, teach it to the children. Only children under the ages of 7 or 8 are able to absorb a language well enough to speak it ‘naturally’ – and that’s what we need for the Samoan language to survive generations.
Not that we’re we’re giving up on all the grown-up kids who want to learn Samoan! The resources you’ll find here are perfect for beginner Samoan speakers of all ages.
Have a look around. Do a bit of reading. Listen to some of our stories. Try a lesson or two. Leave a comment on a post…
We’re all learning here, so we love comments – especially questions you might have about the language, or even corrections if necessary (because nobody’s perfect, not even me :)).
…and a Hamo Geek Girl.