19 October 2012

Samoan Word List

My grandmother spoke Samoan. She would sit me down and teach me Samoan words and how to pray in Samoan.  After she died I never carried on learning the language. My dad never spoke Samoan to us.  I attempted over the years but never really a serious study. I understand a little. So, in doing genealogy I created a cheat list for myself of some Samoan words that I would come across in letters, documents, newspapers, stories and helping me figure out family relationships. I hope this helps you too.


born         fanau
dead                 mate
day         aso
place         nofoaga
year         tausaga
month         masina

a couple (husband and wife) ulugāli'i
auntie uso o lo'u tinā
baby         pepe
boy         tama
brother tuagane
brother's sister  taufafine
child tamaitiiti
children (all ages) fānau
cousin tama ale tuafafine o le tama/tama ale uso ole tina/tama
daughter         āfafine
father tamā
female suga
female in-law nōfotane
girl         teine
grandmother tinā matua
grandfather tamā matua
husband         tāne
male sole
male in-law faiāvā
man  tamāloa
mother         tinā
niece tama teine a lo'u uso
nephew         tamatama alo'u uso
parents mātua
son         ātali'i
sister tuafafine
sister's brother          tuagane
sisters, brothers 'au uso
uncle uso o lo'u tamā
wife         āvā
woman fafine
young children tamaiti

bishop, minister faife’au
genealogy                        gafa
license laisene
name suafa/igoa
village nu'u; ala'ala'faga

one         tasi
two         lua
three tolu
four         fa
five         lima
six         ono
seven fitu
eight valu
nine         iva
ten         sefulu
eleven sefulutasi
twelve sefululua
thirteen         sefulutolu
fourteen         sefulufa
fifteen sefululima
sixteen sefuluono
seventeen sefulufitu
eighteen         sefuluvalu
nineteen         sefuluiva
twenty luasefulu
one hundred selau
one thousand afe
first         muamua
once fa'atasi
twice fa'alua

no          leai
yes         ‘ioe

I          ou/'ou te
you          o 'oe
he          o ia/tama
she          o ia/teine
we          tatou

Januaray          Ianuari
February          Fepuari
March  Mati
April          Aperila
May          Me
June          Iuni
July          Iulai
August Auguso
September Setema
October         Oketopa
November Novema
December Tesema

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