Samoan Vocabulary

The Samoan vocabulary is the backbone for learning. Below we picked 70% of the most commonly used words. Therefore memorizing them will give you a 70% boost in the language. This is the smarter way of online learning. Learn only what you need. We start with commonly used numbers.

One: tasi Two: lua Three: tolu
Four: fa Five: lima Six: ono
Seven: fitu Eight: valu Nine: iva
Ten: sefulu First: muamua Second: lona lua

Days of the week and time expressions:

Monday: aso gafua Tuesday: aso lua Wednesday: aso lulu
Thursday: aso tofi Friday: aso faraile Saturday: aso to'ona'i
Sunday: aso sa Now: taimi nei Yesterday: ananafi
Today: o le aso nei Tonight: nanei Tomorrow: taeao

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Most popular fruits and vegetables:

Fruits: fuala'au 'ai mata Apples: apu
Bananas: fa'i Tomatoes: tamato
Potatoes: pateta Onions: aniani

Colors that we think are very important to remember:

Red: lanu mumu Green: lanu meamata Blue: lanu moana
White: lanu pa'epa'e Black: lanu uliuli Grey: lanu 'efu'efu

Some words related to food:

Breakfast: ti o le taeao Lunch: aiga o le aoauli
Dinner: aiga o le afiafi Milk: susu
Coffee: kofe Bread: falaoa

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Weather terms and sensations:

Sunny: mugala Windy: savili/matagi Rainy: timuga
Snowy: to'a le aisa Cold: malulu Hot: vevela

Words related to family and relatives:

Boy: tama Girl: teine
Son: atali'i Daughter: afafine
Brother: tuagane Sister: tuafafine
Man: tamaloa Woman: fafine
Father: tama Mother: tina
Grandfather: tama o le tama/tama o le tina Grandmother: tina o le tina/tina o le tama

Locations in the house which are talked about more during the day:

House: fale Toilet: faleuila/fale i tua/fale laititi Room: potu
Bedroom: potumoe Kitchen: umukuka Table: laulau

Animals and pets popular to everyone:

Cat: pusi Dog: maile Mouse: isumu
Bird: manulele Cow: povi Horse: solofanua

The clothes most worn by most people:

Socks: totini Shoes: se'evae Trousers: ofuvae
Shirt: ofutino Sweater: ofu mafanafana Coat: ofu talaloa

Most popular languages in the world:

English: fa'a igilisi French: fa'a falani German: fa'a siamani
Spanish: fa'a sipaniolo Italian: fa'a italia Portuguese:
Greek: fa'a kuliki Russian: fa'a lusia Arabic: fa'a alapi
Hindi: fa'a hindi Chinese: fa'a saina Japanese: fa'a sapani


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Most popular terms when traveling:

Taxi: ta'avale laupasese Bus: pasi
Hotel: faletalimalo Reservation:
Airport: malae va'alele Passport: tusi folau

Words you can use in class or talking about school:

Student: tamaititi aoga Teacher: faia'oga Pen: peni
Books: tusi Page: itulau Dictionary: tusi fa'amatala ai uiga o 'upu

Body parts which are talked about more often:

Hand: lima Feet: vae Hair: laulu
Eye: mata Mouth: gutu Nose: isu

Emergency vocabulary to ask for help or offer help when needed:

Ambulance: ta'avale fa'alavelave fa'afuasei Doctor: tamaloa foma'i
Hospital: falema'i Pharmacy: faletalavai
Police: leoleo Stomach Ache: tiga le manava

As you can see, this Samoan vocabulary is something you will need every day. You can use our Vocabulary Trainer to help you memorize these words.

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Did you know? People use only a small amount of their vocabulary on a daily basis. The rest of the words are either unused or not used often.