Samoan Verbs

Welcome to the 10th lesson about verbs in Samoan. We will first learn about the present tense, followed by the past tense, and future tense. We will also analyze some grammar rules, and finally practice how to ask for direction in Samoan.

Verbs are used to express an action (I swim) or a state of being (I am). The present tense in Samoan conveys a situation or event in the present time. Here are some examples:

Present Tense
Samoan
I speak English
ou te tautala ile gagana peretania
you speak French
ete tautala ile fa'afarani?
he speaks German
e tautala ile gagana siamani
she speaks Italian
e tautala ile gagana italia
we speak Arabic
matou te tautatala ile gagana fa'a arapi
they speak Chinese
e tautatala i latou ile gagana saina

The past tense in Samoan conveys a situation or event in the past time. Here are some examples:

Past Tense
Samoan
I visited France
sa ou asiasi i farani
you visited Italy
sa e asiasi i italia
he visited Morocco
sa ia asiasi i morocco
she visited China
sa ia asiasi i saina
we visited Mexico
sa matou asiasi i mexico
they visited Kenya
na latou asiasi i kenya

The future tense in Samoan conveys a situation or event which is anticipated to happen in the future. Here are some examples:

Future Tense
Samoan
I will drink milk
ole a ou inu ile susu
you will drink coffee
ole a e inu ile kofe
he will drink tea
ole a ia inu ile ti
she will drink water
ole a ia inu ile vai
we will drink apple juice
ole a matou inu ile sua ole apu
they will drink tea
o latou inu ti

Now let's take a break and refresh our vocabulary by learning the body parts.

ear
ear
taliga
eye
eye
mata
mouth
mouth
gutu
nose
nose
isu
hair
hair
laulu
face
face
foliga
head
head
ulu
heart
heart
fatu
hand
hand
lima
fingers
fingers
tamatama'ilima
leg
leg
vae
feet
feet
vae

Travel Phrases in Samoan

Imagine yourself in some Samoan speaking country. The following travel phrases are highly important and can help you avoid misunderstanding. Try to memorize them and practice!

English
Samoan
Can you help me?
e mafai ona e fesoasoani mai ia te a'u?
Can I help you?
e mafai ona ou fesoasoani atu ia te oe?
Where is the airport?
o fea le malaeva'alele?
Go straight
alu sa'o
Then
ona
Turn left
afe/liliu ile itu tauagavale
Turn right
afe/liliu ile itu taumatau

I hope this lesson about the verbs in Samoan was not hard for you. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now it's time to check the next lesson below.

Samoan Vocabulary   Samoan Vocabulary

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