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.

 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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