Gagana Samoa| Samoan Language

Musings about our beautiful Samoan language – its stunning poetry, its stinging power and all the tricky metaphors, especially in our ‘higher’ speak.

 

Samoan Proverb about a Humble Snake

Samoan Proverb about a Humble Snake

Another one of my most favourite Samoan jams is Afai Ua e Musu (I love the version by the Five Stars). It's basically a guy telling a girl, "If you don't want me, just tell me. I'm cool. I can hack it. Let's just get this over with." And then he quotes Samoan proverbs...

How to use the Samoan word, Uso

How to use the Samoan word, Uso

Uso is the Samoan word for either brother or sister, depending on your gender. In the Samoan language, if you are female, your uso is your sister. If you are male, your uso is your brother.  You'll see/hear the word uso thrown around a lot - "Eh, uso!" or "Ua 'li'i,...

A proverb about being late

A proverb about being late

I've been hanging out with my uncle lately. He's a pretty intense kinda guy. He's loud, laughs like thunderclaps - or sometimes suffocation - and he tells those long, drawn out jokes with such conviction the anticipation kills you... and then the punchline is hit or...

The two Samoan languages

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...

Fa’alupega and the Samoan lauga

Fa’alupega and the Samoan lauga

Fa'alupega is often the first building block of a Samoan lauga (speech). When addressing a gathering of people, it is custom for the speaker to acknowledge all the other matai in the room, to greet each of them not just by title name, but with an acknowledgement of...

Village One Samoana

Were you once a One Samoana ‘Native’? If you were a member of the One Samoana social network (which ran from 2008 – 2012), then a you may recognize some of these Native-written blogs from a heartbeat and a lifetime ago.

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