Visitors will often hear this greeting, which means “hello”, from Samoa’s friendly and welcoming local people.
Samoa’s national language is Samoan, but English is widely spoken, especially in Apia, and generally used for business communication.
However, as a visitor it can be helpful to learn a few Samoan phrases, not only to improve communications with the local people, but as a way of being polite and respectful to the people of this ancient culture.
|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