The typical greeting among friends and family is a hug and a kiss on the cheek. When greeting friends and family, one typically uses their first name, followed by “talofa” (“hello”).
In a simple Samoan imagination, you would say hello, tell us who you are – your name – where you are from, who your parents are and maybe a few other interesting facts about yourself. For example, you could introduce yourself in Samoan like this: Talofa! O a’u o Tavita.
Hello. (response to “malo”) Just like that What does Malos mean in Samoan? That means “hello” in Samoan & Tongan.
Pointing your feet at someone is rude. Samoans tend to be relaxed about time and may jokingly refer to “Samoan time” in social situations.
Characteristics of Samoan
Having said that, Samoan is not a particularly difficult and confusing language to learn. For example, Samoan grammar is relatively simple, making it easy to learn. They also have finite tenses that don’t have many different forms.
Samoans are primarily of Polynesian descent, and about nine-tenths of the population are ethnic Samoans. Euronesians (people of mixed European and Polynesian ancestry) make up most of the rest of the population, and a tiny fraction are of full European descent.
I’m manuia. Cheers! Good health! (Toasts to drink) Manuia!
A kiss on the cheek, a handshake, light hugs and a smile are all appropriate ways to greet locals. Young Chamorros and Carolinians often kiss the hands of elders when they come to a gathering or meeting.
Samoan is very different from other languages, but there are some aspects of the language that make it easier to learn than others. There are many recommended ways to learn Samoan. Samoan grammar is relatively easy to learn. You can learn some of the basic structures in Drops’ Travel Talk category.
What is your name? (Formally:) ‘What is your name? (Formally:) ‘What is your name?
English translation. Thanks.
English translation. Thank you. More meanings of faafetai tele lava. Well, thanks.
noun. kefe (plural kefék) brush (for rough cleaning)
Samoan Fa’afafine – or “Fafa” – are men who grew up as women and identified with that gender. Advertisement. They mostly have relationships with straight men and are generally not gay.
The official website of the Government of American Samoa states: “Talofa is short for ‘Si o ta alofa atu’ – meaning ‘I am pleased and pleased to give you my love’. If you reply, ‘Talofa lava!’ They return your love and affection wholeheartedly.”