This week marks New Zealand Samoan Language Week and New Zealanders are being encouraged to learn a little of the pacific island’s language this week.
Le Gagana Samoa is the third most widely spoken language in New Zealand, behind English and Māori.
In the latest census, 77,000 people said they spoke Samoan.
A resource kit is being sent out to schools around the country and there will be debates, lectures and community events in the coming week.
Below are some basic Samoan phrases you could use at home or around school.
Saying “hello” is as simple as mālō in an informal setting. The more formal ways to say this are:
Talofa lava » Hello (polite).
Mālō le soifua » Hello.
And to say goodbye, you can say:
Tōfā soifua » Goodbye
Toe feiloa’i » See you later.
Feiloa’i taeao » See you tomorrow.
The word manuia is used to wish somebody well with anything at all, and can be used to say goodbye as well:
Manuia le taeao » Have a good morning
Manuia le aso » Have a good day
Manuia le afiafi » Have a good evening
Manuia le pō » Have a good night
Fa’amolemole » Please
Fa’afetai » Thank you
Fa’afetai tele lava » Thank you very much
Tulou lava » Excuse me (used when passing infront of somebody)
‘O ā mai ‘oe? » How are you?
Manuia fa’afetai » Fine thank you (most common response)
Manuia fo’i fa’afetai » Fine also thank you
Feoloolo » Not so good