Languages

Samoan

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Introduction

Samoan is a language of Samoa. It is spoken in Also in American Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Tonga, United States. .

Dialects

No significant dialect variation, but important register-based distinctions in phonology. Lexical similarity: 70% with Wallisian (See: Wallisian), 67% with Rarotongan (See: Rarotongan), 66% with Tongan (See: Tongan).

The Samoan Verb

Sample Verbs

to biteʔati, u, utia
to blowaŋi, sau
to breathemānava
to burnmu, susunu, tafu
to buyfa'atau mai, tautotoŋi
to chewlamu, mama
to choosefilifili
to climbaʔe, piʔi
to comesau, ō mai
to cooktao
to countfaitau
to crytaŋi
to cut, hackfaʔa-mutu, sele
to die, be deadmate
to digʔeli, ʔoso
to dreammiti
to drinkinu
to eatʔai
to fallpaʔū, tō-
to fearfefe, mataʔu
to flowtafe
to flylele
to growtupu
to hearfaʔa-loŋo
to hidelafi, nanā
to hittu'i, tā
to holdʔuʔu
to hunttuli
to killfasioti, tāmate
to know, be knowledgeableilo-a
to laughʔata
to lie downta'oto
to live, be alivemaui, ola
to open, uncovermatala, susu'e
to plant
to pound, beattuʔituʔi
to saytautala
to scratchfela'u, lala'u
to see'ite, matamata, vaʔai
to sewsuʔi
to shootfana
to sitnofo
to sleepmoe
to sniff, smellsoŋi
to spitanu
to splitisi, matofi
to squeezeʔoʔomi
to stab, piercetui
to stand
to steal'aisola, 'aisā, ŋaoi
to sucksusu
to swellfefete, fula
to swimʔaʔau
to thinkmanatu, māfaufau
to throwtoŋi
to tie up, fastennoa
to turnfāliu
to walksaele, savali
to vomitluaʔi, puaʔi
to workŋalue
to yawnmāvava

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