Samoan Phrases

The Samoan phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi: malo
What is your name?: o ai lou igoa/suafa?
Nice to meet you: ua ou fiafia ua ta feiloai
How are you?: oa mai oe?
I'm good, thanks: manuia, fa'afetai
And you?: ao fa'apefea oe?

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More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Samoan)?: e te iloa tautala fa'aigilisi/peretania/fa'asamoa?
Does she speak Chinese?: e mafai ona tautala fa'asaina?
A little bit: e ititi
How old are you?: e fia ou tausaga?
I'm 33 years old: e tolusefulu tolu o'u tausaga
It was nice talking to you: manaia le ta talatalanoaga

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: o lea le uiga o lau tala?
I don't understand: ou te le malamalama
I don't know: ou te leiloa
Sorry: fa'amagalo mai
What is that called in Samoan?: o le a le igoa fa'asamoa o lena mea?
What does that word mean in English?: o lea le uiga o lena upu ile gagana peretania/o le a le fa'apalagi o lena upu?

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: o fea ete sau ai?
I'm from the U.S: ou te sau mai amerika
I'm American: o a'u ole amerika
Where do you live?: o fea ete nofo ai?
I live in the U.S: ou te nofo i amerika
What do you do for a living?: o le a lau galeuga e fai?
I'm a student: o a'u o le tamaititi aoga

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: e mafai ona ou fesoasoani atu ia te oe?
Can you help me?: e mafai ona e fesoasoani mai ia te a'u?
Where is the airport?: o fea le malaeva'alele?
Go straight: alu sa'o
Then: ona
Turn left: afe/liliu ile itu tauagavale
Turn right: afe/liliu ile itu taumatau


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Good wishes in Samoan in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: manuia lou aso fanau
Happy new year: manuia le tausaga fou
Merry Christmas: manuia le kerisimasi
Good luck: ia manuia
Congratulations: malo

Samoan expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: e iai lo'u avanoa ua fa'amauina
Do you have rooms available?: e iai ni tou potu o avanoa?
I would like a non-smoking room: ou te mana'o ise potu e le fa'atagaina ai le ulaula
How much it costs per night?: o lea le totogi o le po e tasi?
Waiter: tama faigaluega
How much is this?: e fia le tau o le mea lea?
What is this?: o le a lenei mea?

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: oa mai oe?
I need a doctor: ou te moomia se fomai
Help: fesoasoani
Call the ambulance: vili te ta'avale mo fa'alavelave fa'afuasei
Call the police: vili leoleo
I am sick: ou te ma'i?

These Samoan phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Samoan Vocabulary and Samoan Grammar, you might want to visit our Samoan Flashcards to practice what you learned.

Samoan Vocabulary

Samoan Grammar


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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Samoan phrases.