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.
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.
tama o le tama/tama o le tina
tina o le tina/tina o le tama
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|
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