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This week is Samoan Language Week. It’s a time to celebrate the Samoan language and culture, and to learn more about what makes it so special.

There are many different dialects of Samoan, but all of them share common features that make them unique. In this blog post, we will explore some of the basics of the Samoan language, as well as some of the cultural aspects that make it so interesting. We hope you enjoy learning about this fascinating language!

The Samoan language is a member of the Austronesian family of languages, which includes Hawaiian, Maori, and Malay. It is spoken by about 200,000 people in Samoa, American Samoa, and New Zealand. Samoan has two main dialects: Western Samoan and Eastern Samoan. The differences between these two dialects are mostly in vocabulary, but there are also some differences in grammar.   

One of the most interesting things about Samoan is the way that it uses what are called “classifiers.” Classifiers are words that indicate the type of object or person being referred to. For example, the word for “person” in Samoan is tagata, but there are different classifiers for different types of people.                                                                                                                                                              There is a classifier for men, women, children, and so on. This can be a bit confusing for learners of Samoan, but it’s also one of the things that makes the language so interesting.

Another fascinating aspect of Samoan culture is the way that family relationships are expressed. In Samoan, there are different words for “mother,” “father,” “sister,” and so on, depending on whether the person being referred to is older or younger than the speaker. 

For example, the word for “mother” is mana’o if the speaker is older than the person they are talking to, but tuagane if the speaker is younger. This can be a bit confusing for learners, but it’s also one of the things that makes Samoan culture so interesting.

We hope you have enjoyed learning about the Samoan language and culture. If you are interested in learning more, there are many resources available online and in libraries. We encourage you to explore these resources and to continue learning about this fascinating language. Thanks for reading!

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