Samoan Gender

Welcome to the fifth Samoan lesson about gender. This time we will view a list of people, feminine and masculine, followed by grammar rules, finally a list of expressions in Samoan to help you practice your daily phrases.

man
man
tamaloa
woman
woman
fafine
husband
husband
to'alua(tamaloa)
wife
wife
to'alua(fafine)
boy
boy
tama
girl
girl
teine
father
father
tama
mother
mother
tina

Gender Grammar Rules

In general, gender is used to distinguish between male and female, sometimes referred to as masculine and feminine. For example: my son and daughter are students the noun [son] is masculine, while [daughter] is feminine. The following examples use gender in different ways and places to demonstrate their behavior.

Grammar + Rules
Samoan
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
o lo'u atalii o se tamaititi aoga
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
o lana tama teine o se teneititi aoga
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
e iai lona uso umi
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
e iai lona uso umi
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
e laiti ona uso
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
e laiti ona tuafafine

The list below will probably provide more clarification. These are family members (males and females). I think it would be wise to memorize them as part of your important vocabulary list.

son
son
atali'i
daughter
daughter
afafine
brother
brother
tuagane
sister
sister
tuafafine
grandfather
grandfather
tama o le tama/tama o le tina
grandmother
grandmother
tina o le tina/tina o le tama
child
child
tamaititi
children
children
tamaiti

Expressions in Samoan

Now it's time to practice expressions used in daily conversations. If you're a beginner in learning Samoan, then the phrases below are something you would want to know.

English
Samoan
What do you mean?
o lea le uiga o lau tala?
I don't understand
ou te le malamalama
I don't know
ou te leiloa
What is that called in Samoan?
o le a le igoa fa'asamoa o lena mea?
What is this?
o le a lenei mea?
What does that word mean in English?
o lea le uiga o lena upu ile gagana peretania/o le a le fa'apalagi o lena upu?
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
fa'amagalo mai

I hope you enjoyed this lesson about the gender in Samoan. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now it's time to check the next lesson below.

Samoan Plural   Samoan Plural

Samoan Numbers   Samoan Numbers



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