UMA! Samoan Flashcard Exercise

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Caption: Someone pointed out to me that when you’re reading Samoan in order to translate it, you often have to start in the middle, then go back to the front for it to make sense. That’s because in English we typically start our sentences with the subject.  In Samoan, we don’t usually start with the subject.  The subject usually comes after the action or description.  

You know how they say, just read the tusi pa’ia if you want to learn the language.  Well most of the tusi pa’ia is written this way. 

Who or what are we talking about (our subject),

What are we saying about them (their action or the way we describe them)

and are we talking in the past present or future

So an exercise you can do, is to translate you a list of nouns and pronouns, these are your subjects.  Translate you a list of action words or descriptive words,

then get you a list of tense markers.  Tense markers in Samoan put the entire sentence in past, present, or future tense.  

For the purpose of this exercise, we’re going to make our subject singular, so let’s add the “le” before our subject.  Le is the equivalent to “the” and makes it singular.  

*So sorry, the cards are temporarily out of stock. Feel free to download the Sentence Structure Worksheets attached to the lessons.

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