Samoa Language Week – Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa

Samoa Language Week - Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa

Samoa Language Week - Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa celebrates the third most spoken language in New Zealand. In 2020, it starts on Sunday 24 May. Samoan is spoken by over 3,700 people in Christchurch. Find Samoan language resources in our collection.

Samoa Language Week

Join us in celebrating Samoa Language Week.
Polokalame eseese o lo’o tutupu ile Vaiaso O le Gagana Samoa.

The Samoa Language Week theme for 2020 is:

Tapena sou ōso mo lau malaga
Prepare yourself a gift for your travels

Faitauga Tusi Samoan Storytimes with Tiresa

Learn the Samoan alphabet and sing a favourite song!


Samoa Language Week craft - Pale Fuiono

Talofa lava. Samoa Language Week - Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa starts this Sunday 24 May. Here is a Samoa Language Week craft from Tiresa.

Talanoa I Measina – Sharing our Stories exhibition

We are collecting photos for the Talanoa I Measina – Sharing our Stories exhibition. All photos are due in before Tuesday 30 June 2020.

Samoan songs

Watch our wonderful colleagues Tai Sila and Jan-Hai Te Ratana perform some short Samoan songs.

Listen to Samoan words

Find Samoan resources in our collection

Samoan resources in our collection

Samoan language resources for kids

Sāmoan language books and resources for children

Cover: How Do You Say thank you?How do you say ‘thank you’? Karamia Müller, J 499.462 MUL
Alofa and Filipo want to learn gagana Sāmoa so at bedtime they ask their parents how to say various things in the Sāmoan language.

Counting fish in Sāmoan and English Ahurewa Kahukura, J 499.462 KAH
Count from 1 to 20 in Sāmoan and English.

Learning transport in Sāmoan and English Ahurewa Kahukura, J 499.462 KAH
Introduces the Sāmoan words for different kinds of transport including cars, buses and space ships.

Cover: Samoan Word BookSāmoan word book Aumua Mata’itusi Simanu Papali’i, 499.462 PAP
Features beautifully illustrated vocabulary words, a pronunciation guide, and a glossary. Word categories include family, home, school, the body, opposites, numbers, nature, and time. Illustrations by Regina Meredith Malala bring terms to life.

Teuila Festival: aso fa’ailogaina ’o le Teuila Fiti Leung Wai, J 899.462 LEU
Bilingual reader about music festivals.

Faitauga numera: counting numbers in Sāmoan and English Bettina Ikenasio-Thorpe, J 499.462 IKE
A colourful, clear book of counting numbers in Sāmoan and English.

Cover of Sāmoan alphabetSāmoan alphabet Lori Phillips, J 499.462 PHI
This book is part of the Island Alphabet Books series, which features languages and childrens’ artwork from the U.S.-affiliated Pacific. Each hardcover book contains the complete alphabet for the language, four or five examples for each letter, and a word list with English translations. The series was co-published with Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, a non-profit corporation that works collaboratively with school systems to enhance education across the Pacific.

Taumafa Sāmoa J 899.462 TAU
Introduces children to the preparation of traditional Sāmoan foods.

Sāmoa John MacKinven, J 745 MCK
This book is a resource book of patterns from Sāmoa used on siapo and in weaving. These resources can be utilised as a starting point for drawing, painting and printing activities, using materials readily available in New Zealand.

More Samoa Language Week resources

Read Pasifika salutations on the Pacific Languages Week webpage, Ministry for Pacific Peoples.

Previous Samoa Language Weeks


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