Tālofa Lava! Samoa Language Week will be celebrated this year from Sunday, 24 May 2020 until Saturday, 30 May 2020. The event aims to raise awareness of the Samoan language, celebrate Samoan culture in New Zealand and around the world, and promote the use of Samoan language in schools, at work and at home.
This year’s theme is “Tapena sou ōso mo lau malaga” — “Prepare yourself a gift for your travels”.
For more information, on events and ideas on how to celebrate, visit the following websites:
- Ministry for Pacific Peoples – Samoa Language Week.
- The New Zealand Curriculum Online – Samoa Language Week.
- Te Papa – Samoan Language Week resource.
- Gagana Samoa i Aotearoa Facebook Page.
Also you can visit your local library and borrow some amazing books such as:
“Contains over 1000 commonly used words, and words needing further explanation are given in English and Samoan sentences to aid comprehension. Word lists include parts of the body, telling the time, colours, numbers, days of the week and months of the year”–Publisher information.
“A set of ten readers in āamoan for first learners of Sāmoan”–Publisher information.
Simple text and illustrations introduce the numbers 1 to 15 in the Sāmoan language. Suggested level: junior.
The Samoan Picture Dictionary is an excellent resource for people beginning to speak or write Samoan. It contains over 1000 commonly used words, and words needing further explanation are given in English and Sāmoan sentences to aid comprehension.
This book packs in a lot of common words and phrases. It is a great resource for anybody wanting to learn Sāmoan.
Thank you and Happy Samoan Language week!
Faafetai and fiafia samoa gagana vaiaso!