Brothers and Sisters, Sons and Daughters…

Did you know…

If you’re a girl and you want to refer to your sister, you call her ‘uso’.

If you’re a guy and you want to talk about your brother, you also call him ‘uso’.

BUT…

If you’re a girl talking about your brother, you call him your ‘tuagane’.

AND… if you’re a guy talking about your sister, you call her your ‘tuafafine’.

You see that? See how that works?

Ok, ok.. from what I can tell (strolling through the village) most Samoans who grew up in the general vicinity of the language get how to use the Samoan words for brother and sister… never mind that I only learned it like a few years ago, and I’m how old now?

*kale*

What was recent news to me, however, is that a similar thing happens when you talk about your children. Check this out…

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‘.

BUT…

If you’re a mother talking about your daughter, you call her your ‘tamateine‘.

Aaaannd, if you’re a mother talking about your son, you call him your ‘tamatane‘.

Just another example of the so many things in this world that I never knew I never knew…

xx HGG

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Known offline as Lillian (Lils, Lei'a) Arp, Hamo Geek Girl is just learning what it means to be Samoan. When she's not here, she's over at Manaui: Savour Oceania mostly talking about her other favourite topic: Food!

3 thoughts on “Brothers and Sisters, Sons and Daughters…

  1. Coz my mother never taught me this part .
    just the basics . jeez thats a big difference .

    Makes more sense now

    fa’afetai lava

  2. lol, thanks so much!!!!
    that was weird about the father daughter son, mother daughter son thing .. *Nods* i have a lot to learn 😉

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