The two Samoan languages

While I was slowly picking up Samoan from my family and friends, I’d hear references to another, mysterious, ‘higher’ version of the language. ‘It’s different from our everyday Samoan,’ …they would say. ‘It’s the language that matais and ministers use’. And I would think, OK, so… what is it? Do they just use bigger words? … Continue reading The two Samoan languages

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 … Continue reading Brothers and Sisters, Sons and Daughters…