+ ; AI : ''eye''
+ ; OI : ''oy''
Revision as of 07:43, 4 July 2013
Samoan ( gagana Sāmoa) is a Polynesian language mainly spoken in Samoa and American Samoa.
Double vowels are pronounced individually, with a glottal stop between. Thus "Aunu'u" is pronounced "ahoonoo-oo". The use of the apostrophe in spelling of words, e.g. in Samoa's second island of Savai'i, emphasises this point.
14 consonant sounds written with a phonetic alphabet.
Note in particular that "g" is pronounced "ng" as in Singapore or ping-pong (not like in finger). Thus the capital of American Samoa, Pago Pago, is pronounced "Pahngo Pahngo."
Phrase list Some
phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about this language, you can help by plunging forward and translating a phrase.
Hello. Talofa. ("Greetings" is a closer translation.)
Hello. ( Informal) Malo.
How are you? 'O a mai oe?
Fine, thank you. Manuia, fa'afetai.
What is your name? ( Formal:) O ai lou suafa? ( Informal:) O ai lou igoa?
My name is ______ . O lo'u igoa o ______ .
Nice to meet you. . ( )
Please. Fa'amolemole. ( )
Thank you. Fa'afetai. ( )
You're welcome. Fa'afetai fo'i.
Excuse me. ( getting attention) Fa'amolemole.
Excuse me. ( begging pardon) Tulou.
I'm sorry. Faamalulu atu .
Goodbye Tofa soifua.
Goodbye ( informal) Fa.
See you later Toe feiloa'i. ( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. [ ]. ( [ ])
Do you speak English? ? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? ? ( ?)
Help! Fesoasoani ! ( !)
Look out! ! ( !)
Good morning. Taeao Manuia ( )
Good evening. Manuia le afiafi. ( )
Good night. Manuia le po. ( )
Good night ( to sleep) . ( )
I don't understand. Ou te le malamalama.
Where is the toilet? O fea le fale-malolo?
23 lua-sefulu-tolu, (etc.)
50 lima-sefulu, (etc.)
100 selau, tasi-selau
300 tolu-selau, (etc.)
1000 afe, tasi-afe
million miliona, tasi-miliona.
Sunday Aso Sa
Monday Aso Gafua
Tuesday Aso Lua
Wednesday Aso Lulu
Thursday Aso Tofi
Friday Aso Faraile
Saturday Aso To'ana'i
Writing time and date
purple viole, mumu pa'auli
red mumu, lanu ula
white pa'epa'e, sina
Stop here please Taofi i, fa'amolemole.
Bus and train