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Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa / Samoa Language Week

Sunday 29/05/2022

Samoan Language Week / Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa this year is Sunday 29 May - Saturday June 4. The theme for 2022 is: Fa’aāuāu le Folauga i le Va’a o Tautai /Continue the Voyage with Competent Wayfinders of the Ocean.

Learning a new language gives us insight into new ways of thinking, and to different beliefs and cultural practices. Gagana Sāmoa is the second most spoken language in Auckland and third most spoken in New Zealand.  These upu fesoasoani (useful words) will be helpful in starting out on your journey to getting better acquainted with Fa’a Samoa…

Hello                               Talofa   

What's your name?         O ai lou suafa?

My name is […]               O lo'u suafa igoa o (…)

How are you?                  O fa'apefea mai oe?

I'm fine, thank you.         O Lelei au, fa'afetai.

Where are you from?       O fea ete sau ai?             

I'm from […]                    Oute sau mai [...]            

Pleased to meet you.         Fiafia ua ta feiloai.           

Goodbye                           Tofa      

Thank you                         Fa'afetai

Have a great day               Manuia lou aso 


Find out how the week is being celebrated across Aotearoa at

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