The national language of Samoa is Samoan, although English is used for business communications. English is widely spoken, especially in Apia, but it's always helpful to know a few words of the local language.
Samoan language courses are available in New Zealand and Australia, and there are even smart phone apps offering an introduction to the Samoan language.
The following Samoan phrases will probably be useful during your stay in Samoa. By adding a few Samoan words to your conversations, you will be sure to win smiles from the locals.
|That's all right||'Ua lelei||Oo-a-lelay|
|big / small||tele / la'ititi||teh-leh / lah ee-tee-tee|
|quick / slow||tope / gese||toh-peh / nge-seh|
|early / late||vave / tuai||vahveh / two-eye|
|near / far||latalata / mamao||lah-tah-lah-tah / mah-maow|
1 = tasi
2 = lua
3 = tolu
4 = fa
5 = lima
6 = ono
7 = fitu
8 = valu
9 = iva
10 = sefulu
20 = lua sefulu
50 = lima sefulu
100 = selau
1000 = afe