Samoan (Gagana Samoa)

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Samoan Alphabet & Pronunciation

The Samoa alphabet consists of 14 letters, with another three letters (H, K, R) used in loan words. All five vowels also have a long form denoted by the macron.

Aa
(a)
[a]
Āā
(a)
[aː]
Ee
(e)
[ɛ]
Ēē
(e)
[eː]
Ii
(i)
[ɪ]
Īī
(i)
[iː]
Oo
(o)
[o]
Ōō
(o)
[ɔː]
Uu
(u)
[ʊ]
Ūū
(u)
[uː]
F f
(fa)
[f]
G g
(ga)
[ŋ]
L l
(la)
[l,ɾ]
M m
(mo)
[m]
N n
(nu)
[n,ŋ]
P p
(pi)
[p]
S s
(sa)
[s]
T t
(ti)
[t,k]
V v
(vi)
[v]
H h
(he)
[h]
K k
(ka)
[k]
R r
(ro)
[ɾ]

Basic Phrases in Samoan

HelloTalofa
GoodbyeTofa
YesIoe
NoLeai
Excuse meTulou
PleaseFaʻamolemole
Thank youFaafetai
You are welcomeFaafetai foʻi
Do you speak englishEte iloa faaperetania?
Do you understandO ai ete malamalama ai?
I understandOute malamalama
I do not understandOu te le malamalama
How are youOa mai oe?
Fine thanksManuia faafetai!
What is your nameO ai lou igoa?
My name isO lou igoa o
Pleased to meet youFiafia lava e faatasi ma oe

Samoan Grammar

Samoan Nouns

ManTagata
WomanFafine
BoyTamaitiiti
GirlTeine
CatPusi
DogTaifau
FishIʻa
WaterVai
MilkSusu
EggFuamoa
HouseFale
FlowerFugalaau
TreeLaau
ShirtOfutino
PantsOfuvae

Samoan Adjectives

Colors in Samoan

BlackLanu uliuli
WhiteLanu paʻepaʻe
RedLanu mumu
OrangeMoli
YellowLanu samasama
GreenLanu meamata
BlueLanu moaga
PurpleLanu viole
PinkLanu piniki
GrayLanu efuefu
BrownLanu enaena

Numbers in Samoan

ZeroO
OneTasi
TwoLua
ThreeTolu
FourFa
FiveLima
SixOno
SevenFitu
EightE valu
NineIva
TenSefulu
ElevenSefulutasi
TwelveSefululua
TwentyLua sefulu
ThirtyTolu sefulu
FortyFasefulu
FiftyLima sefulu
SixtyOno sefulu
SeventyFitu sefulu
EightyValu sefulu
NinetyIva sefulu
HundredSelau
ThousandAfe

Samoan Verbs

To bePe 'a
To haveIa avea
To wantIa manaʻo
To needE manaʻomia
To helpE fesoasoani
To goE alu
To comeO mai
To eatIa 'ai
To drinkIa inu
To speakE tautala

Building Simple Sentences

More Complex Samoan Sentences

AndMa
OrPoʻo
ButAe
BecauseAua
WithMa
AlsoMa
HoweverPeitaʻi
NeitherLeai
NorE leai foi
IfPe afai
ThenOna

Useful Samoan Vocabulary

Samoan Questions

WhoO ai
WhatLe a
WhenPe a
WhereFea
WhyAisea
HowPe faapefea
How manyE fia
How muchE fia

Days of the Week in Samoan

MondayAso Gafua
TuesdayAso Lua
WednesdayAso Lulu
ThursdayAso Tofi
FridayAso Faralie
SaturdayAso Tonaʻi
SundayAso Sa
YesterdayAnanafi
TodayI aso nei
TomorrowTaeao

Months in Samoan

JanuaryIanuari
FebruaryFepuari
MarchMati
AprilApelila
MayMe
JuneIuni
JulyIuli
AugustAukuso
SeptemberSetema
OctoberOkitopa
NovemberNovema
DecemberTesema

Seasons in Samoan

WinterTaumalulu
SpringTautotogo
SummerTaumafanafana
AutumnAutumn

Telling Time in Samoan

What time is itO le a le taimi o loo iai?
HoursItula
MinutesMinute
SecondsSekone
O clockItula
HalfAfa
Quarter pastKuata kuata
BeforeMuamua
AfterMulimuli ane