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"Ona tali atu ai lea o ia, ua faapea atu, Ua tusia, E le na o mea 'ai e ola ai le tagata, a o afioga uma e tulei mai i le fofoga o le Atua." Mataio 5: 4


"But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Matthew 5: 4


Talofa. Afio Mai!  That's "Hello. Come On In!" in Samoan. This is a basic introduction to the Samoan language (Gagana Samoa) that includes an English-Samoan glossary and Bible verses. This information is provided for anyone traveling to Samoa or wanting to converse with Samoan friends and relatives. I hope you find it useful.

Use the links below to browse the simple lists of words and phrases.

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Samoan Proverbs

You may also click here to see a list of English words and their Samoan equivalents.



"E pala ma'a, 'ae lē pala 'upu."



"Even stones erode away, but words will never decay."


"As a society with a rich, ancient oral/aural culture, our tupu'aga ma tua'ā (ancestors and forebears) understood the enduring power of the spoken word, especially the irrevocable damage that insulting words could have on vā fealoa'i (interpersonal relationships)."
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