Mother Tongue: Samoan

Tue 30 July 2019

Talofa! This means hello in Samoan. In this episode, Sirine is joined by Milo who grew up in Samoa. He plays the pate and sings a beautiful song in his mother tongue. 

Here are the Samoan words you'll learn in this episode:

Milo - Hello
Pate - A traditional Samoan instrument
Lava Lava A traditional Samoan skirt
Laumei Faiaga - Gentle Turtle (name of a popular Samoan song)
Talo - A popular Samoan vegetable, like a potato
Tofa - Goodbye

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This is what the Samoan flag looks like:

This is what the vegetable Talo looks like: 

Learn the Samoan song you heard in this episode:

Sing along in Samoan:

Laumei faiaga, faasusu si au tama
Aumai le moega'afa- fa'i mai, fa'i mai
Se lauti o laulelei, e lavalava le laumei
Fonuea, Fonuea, laulau mai se manamea
Po 'e sai i luga nei
O sa Letuli i luga nei
A ua'ina, a la'ina
A solo e mata'ina
Lou galu tu'u la le i'a
Lalelei, lalelei, lalelei!

English translation:

Gentle turtle, milk your baby
Bring the bed, pluck, pluck
Tea leaves, to dress the turtle,
Fonuea, Fonuea, show us your sweetheart
Who's calling?
It's Letuli's people.
In rain or sunshine
Let us see you
Gaze at the fish
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

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