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Know Your Colours in the Samoan language

Know Your Colours in the Samoan language

The Samoan word for colour is lanu. When we refer to each colour in Samoan, we like to say the word lanu first and then add its description. For example, lanumūmū is the Samoan word for red. Why does mūmū describe red? Well, I know that mū is the Samoan word for burn...

How to introduce yourself in Samoan

How to introduce yourself in Samoan

In a simple, Samoan introduction, you would say hello, tell us who you are - your name - where you come from, who your parents are, and maybe a few more interesting facts about yourself. For example, you might introduce yourself in Samoan like this: Talofa! O a'u o...

Your Brother or Your Sister in Samoan

The Samoan word you use to refer to your brother or your sister depends on your gender. If your sibling is the same gender as you, then he or she is your uso. For example, if I am a girl, my sister is my uso. If I'm a boy, then my brother is my uso. A girl referring...

Talking About Your Child in Samoan

In the Samoan language, the words you use to refer to your children depend on their gender… as well as yours. If you are a father talking about your son, you call him your atali'i. If you’re a father talking about your daughter, you call her your afafine. On the other...

Days of the Week in Samoan

The Samoan words for our days of the week are made up of two parts: the word Aso, or day, and then a second word to describe that day. For example, Aso Sā is what we call Sunday, and the word sā means sacred. As Samoa is a very Christian country with most...

Numbers and Counting in Samoan

Numbers and Counting in Samoan

Counting to 10 in Samoan is pretty straight forward: Tasi, lua, tolu, fā, lima, ono, fitu, valu, iva, sefulu. Once you know the Samoan words for the numbers 1 to 10, it's not too difficult to count to 100. Samoan numbers are very similar to those of other Polynesian...

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