Gagana Samoa| Samoan Language

Read and listen to our beautiful Samoan language – use this resource to learn some language basics or build on what you already know.

Simple Dialogues in Samoan

Listen to very simple dialogues to help you learn Samoan vocabulary and basic sentence structures.

Learn the Basics

If you’re brand new to the Samoan language, our little vocabulary and grammar lessons can help kickstart your learning.

Stories in Samoan

Listen and read along to stories told in the Samoan language. We’re starting with simplified stories from the Bible. 

Samoan Names for Babies

Looking for a Samoan baby name? We’ve got a few of them here for you, sometimes with meanings, even.

Translating Samoan Lyrics

Discover the poetry in classic Samoan songs. Check out these English translations of some of our favourites.

 We also post a lot of general thoughts about the Samoan language over in Le Api | The Notebook. Check them out here: Language of Samoa

The Creation Story in Samoan (with audio)

The Creation Story in Samoan (with audio)

The best way to learn a language is to just dive in and learn it, right? As part of my goal to speak Samoan like a matai, I've been trying to stay immersed in the Samoan language - as much as I can in New Zealand. I've been hanging out with my matai uncles, listening...

The Lord’s Prayer in Samoan (with video)

The Lord’s Prayer in Samoan (with video)

It's been a crazy several weeks on this side of the One Samoana screen. I could write a very boring book about the 'technical issues' that took this entire site off the interwebs for over a month. (Summary: if you're going to run a website, find a webhost who loves...

How do you say car in Samoan?

How do you say car in Samoan?

We're continuing our series of Samoan language Toolbox phrases - those words and sentences that will help you begin learning directly from Samoan speakers. Last time, we looked at: How do you say [bird] in Samoan? In this very similar dialogue, we want to know about...

How do you say bird in Samoan?

How do you say bird in Samoan?

Some of the most useful words and phrases to learn first in a new language are those that help us ask native speakers for more help. For example, 'How do you say [something] in your language?' or 'What is the [your language] word for...? Let's call these our Toolbox...

Numbers and Counting

Numbers and Counting

Counting in Samoan is pretty straight forward. Our numbers are very similar to those of other Polynesian languages. Here's how we start: Numbers 0-10 0 O 1 tasi 2 lua 3 tolu 4 fā 5 lima 6 ono 7 fitu 8 valu 9 iva 10 sefulu To count into the "teens", just think about...

Translating Naumati Lagona

Translating Naumati Lagona

Music has been a huge part of my life since, as a very young child, I couldn't go to sleep without somebody singing to me… and then they must have got sick of it cause next minute I get this portable radio thing for my birthday… To this day I STILL find it easier to...

Days of the Week

Days of the Week

The Samoan terms for our days of the week are made up of two parts: the word Aso, or day, and then a second word to describe that day. For example, Aso Sā is what we call Sunday, and the word sā means sacred. As Samoa is a very Christian country with most...

Samoana, Ala Mai: Translating Lota Nu’u

Samoana, Ala Mai: Translating Lota Nu’u

You know how at the end of a long Samoan (usually family) function, someone says the closing prayer then everybody gets up to sing a song together? I love that. Not just because it means we can go home soon and eat the food we’ve already loaded in the car (who does...

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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