Samoan Numbers

Welcome to the sixth Samoan lesson about numbers. This time we will learn about cardinal and ordinal numbers, followed by grammar rules, then animal names, finally a conversation in Samoan to help you practice your daily phrases.

Cardinal and Ordinal
Samoan
one
tasi
first
muamua
two
lua
second
lona lua
three
tolu
third
lona tolu
four
fa
fourth
lona fa
five
lima
fifth
lona lima
six
ono
sixth
lona ono
seven
fitu
seventh
lona fitu
eight
valu
eighth
lona valu
nine
iva
ninth
lona iva
ten
sefulu
tenth
lona sefulu
eleven
sefulutasi
eleventh
lona sefulutasi
twelve
sefululua
twelfth
lona sefululua
thirteen
sefulutolu
thirteenth
lona sefulutolu
fourteen
sefulufa
once
fa'atasi
fifteen
sefululima
twice
fa'alua
sixteen
sefuluono
Monday
aso gafua
seventeen
sefulufitu
Tuesday
aso lua
eighteen
sefuluvalu
Wednesday
aso lulu
nineteen
sefuluiva
Thursday
aso tofi
twenty
luasefulu
Friday
aso faraile
seventy one
fitusefulu tasi
Saturday
aso to'ona'i
one hundred
selau
Sunday
aso sa

Numbers Grammar Rules

Samoan cardinal numbers refer to the counting numbers, because they show quantity. For example: I speak two languages. Ordinal numbers on the other hand tell the order of things and their rank: my first language is Samoan. The examples below use numbers in different ways and places to demonstrate how they behave in a sentence.

Grammar + Rules
Samoan
I have three dogs
[number + noun]
e tolu a'u maile/e iai au maile e tolu
my daughter has two cats
[number + noun]
e lua pusi a lo'u afafine
she speaks seven languages
[verb + number]
e fitu gagana e tautala ai
my brother has one son
[number + singular noun]
e tasi le atalii o lo'u uso
this is my second lesson
[ordinal number + noun]
o la'u lesona lona lua lenei
did you read the third book?
[ordinal number + noun]
na e faitau ile tusi lona tolu?

We're not done yet! The following is a list of animals.

cow
cow
povi
goat
goat
oti
donkey
donkey
asini
horse
horse
solofanua
dog
dog
maile
cat
cat
pusi
mouse
mouse
isumu
bird
bird
manulele

Conversation in Samoan

Now we finally reach the last part, the practice of the daily conversations. These phrases are used to get to know new people, and break the ice.

English
Samoan
Where are you from?
o fea ete sau ai?
I'm from the U.S
ou te sau mai amerika
I'm American
o a'u ole amerika
Where do you live?
o fea ete nofo ai?
I live in the U.S
ou te nofo i amerika
What do you do for a living?
o le a lau galeuga e fai?
I'm a student
o a'u o le tamaititi aoga

Did you enjoy this lesson about numbers in Samoan? I hope so, if you have any problem with this lesson contact me with questions you have here. You can now check the next lesson below.

Samoan Gender   Samoan Gender

Samoan Phrases   Samoan Phrases



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