Learn Basic Samoan Greetings



Here is an exchange between two people that just met.


Tania:
Talofa!  O ai lou suafa?
Hello!  What is your name?
Jackie:
Talofa lava! O lo’u igoa o Jackie. A’o ai lou suafa?
Hello indeed!  My name is Jackie.  And your name?
Tania:
O lo’u igoa o Tania.  Manuia lou feiloa’i.
My name is Tania.  Nice meeting you.
Jackie
Manuia fo’i! 
Nice also (nice meeting you also),
Tania:
Tofa soifua.
 (Goodbye, good health to you).
Jackie: 
Tofa 
(Bye).


*Note:  Suafa is the respectful and formal fa’asamoa word for “name”.  Once people become familiar with one another, they will use “igoa” instead of “suafa”.  Also, suafa is a term you say to other people.  Refer to yourself with the informal word “igoa” when saying the word name.


For example, when referring to yourself:


O lo’u igoa o Fiti.     NOT –> O lo’u suafa o Fiti. 





Here is a basic exchange between two people that already know one another. 


Tania:
Malo Jackie!  O a mai oe? 
 Hello Jackie!  How are you?
Jackie: 
Manuia fa’afetai.  Ae ia oe?
 Good thank you.  And you?
Tania:
Manuia fo’i fa’afetai. O a lou aiga? 
 Good also, thank you.  How about your family?
Jackie:
Seki lo’u aiga!  Sa latou fai atu, “Malo” ia oe.
 Awesome is my family!  They said, “Hi” to you.
Tania:
Ia, “malo fo’i”, ia latou!
 Ok, “Hi also”, to them!
Jackie:
Feiloa’i!
 Nice meeting with you.
Tania:
Fa! 
 Bye


Exercise:  Use the chat room to introduce yourself to other people using formal and informal terms.

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