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About Samoan

Of all the Samoan speakers in the world, about half live on Samoa or American Samoa. The next biggest community is found in New Zealand, where Samoan is the third most widely spoken language, and it is also spoken in Fiji, Tonga, Australia and Hawaii. Samoan is closely related to Tongan, and exhibits typical traits of the Austronesian language group such as an inclusive form of we - you and us - and an exclusive form of we - just us, not you - as well as separate words and grammar constructions for use in formal and informal situations.

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American Samoa

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Fun facts — Samoan

  • The phrase 'Se’i fono le pa’a ma ona vae' - let the crab take counsel with its legs - means think things through before doing them.
  • Samoan’s alphabet has just 14 letters: 5 vowels and 9 consonants. 3 more consonants – H, K and R – are used in loan words from other languages.
  • The idiom 'E pala le maʻa, a e le pala le upu' means 'even stones decay, but words endure'.

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