Samoan phrasebook

Samoan (gagana Sāmoa) is a Polynesian language mainly spoken in Samoa and American Samoa.

Pronunciation guide

Vowels

A 
ah
E 
eh
I 
aye
O 
oh
U 
oo


All vowels are pronounced individually. Thus "ai" is not pronounced "eye" but "ah-aye". The use of the apostrophe in spelling of words, e.g. in Samoa's second island of Savai'i, emphasises this point.

Consonants

14 consonant sounds written with a phonetic alphabet.

Note in particular that "g" is pronounced "ng" as in Singapore or ping-pong (not like in finger). Thus the capital of American Samoa, Pago Pago, is pronounced "Pahngo Pahngo."

Phrase list

Some phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about this language, you can help by plunging forward and translating a phrase.


Basics

Hello. 
Talofa. ("Greetings" is a closer translation.)
Hello. (Informal) 
Malo.
How are you? 
'O a mai oe?
Fine, thank you. 
Manuia, fa'afetai.
What is your name? 
(Formal:) O ai lou suafa? (Informal:) O ai lou igoa?
My name is ______ . 
O lo'u igoa o ______ .
Nice to meet you. 
. ( )
Please. 
Fa'amolemole. ( )
Thank you. 
Fa'afetai. ( )
You're welcome. 
Fa'afetai fo'i.
Yes. 
Ioe
No. 
Leai.
Excuse me. (getting attention) 
Fa'amolemole.
Excuse me. (begging pardon) 
Tulou.
I'm sorry. 
.
Goodbye 
Tofa soifua.
Goodbye (informal) 
Fa.
See you later 
Toe feloa'i. ( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ ]. ( [ ])
Do you speak English? 
? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
? ( ?)
Help! 
Fesoasoani ! ( !)
Look out! 
! ( !)
Good morning. 
Manuia le aso. ( )
Good evening. 
Manuia le afiafi. ( )
Good night. 
Manuia le po. ( )
Good night (to sleep) 
. ( )
I don't understand. 
Ou te le malamalama.
Where is the toilet? 
?

Numbers

1 
tasi
2 
lua
3 
tolu
4 
fa
5 
lima
6 
ono
7 
fitu
8 
valu
9 
iva
10 
sefulu
11 
sefulu-tasi
12 
sefulu-lua
13 
sefulu-tolu
14 
sefulu-fa
15 
sefulu-lima
16 
sefulu-ono
17 
sefulu-fitu
18 
sefulu-valu
19 
sefulu-iva
20 
lua-sefulu
21 
lua-sefulu-tasi
22 
lua-sefulu-lua
23 
lua-sefulu-tolu, (etc.)
30 
tolu-sefulu
40 
fa-sefulu
50 
lima-sefulu, (etc.)
100 
selau, tasi-selau
200 
lua-selau
300 
tolu-selau, (etc.)
1000 
afe, tasi-afe
2000 
lua-afe
2300 
lua-afe-tolu-selau
2310 
lua-afe-tolu-selau-sefulu
2315 
lua-afe-tolu-selau-sefulu-lima
million 
miliona, tasi-miliona.

Time

Days

Sunday 
Aso Sa
Monday 
Aso Gafua
Tuesday 
Aso Lua
Wednesday 
Aso Lulu
Thursday 
Aso Tofi
Friday 
Aso Faraile
Saturday 
Aso To'ana'i

Months

January 
Ianuari
February 
Fepuari
March 
Mati
April 
Aperila
May 
Me
June 
Iuni
July 
Iulai
August 
Auguso
September 
Setema
October 
Oketopa
November 
Novema
December 
Tesema

Colors

color 
lanu
black 
uliuli
blue 
lanumoana
brown 
enaena
green 
lanumeamata
orange 
lanumoli
pink 
piniki
purple 
viole, mumu pa'auli
red 
mumu, lanu ula
white 
pa'epa'e, sina
yellow 
samasama

Transportation

Stop here please 
Taofi i, fa'amolemole.

Learning more

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