We are all feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 Virus throughout the world. Some of us have no toilet paper. Others have to home school children for four long and tedious weeks while trying to work from home at the same time. One thing that you can do while bored or tired at home is to learn Samoan.
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Here are some books and videos that will help you learn Samoan while waiting out the COVID-19 Virus.
Here are some hacks for parents to get their children started on learning Samoan. If you want more make sure to like and subscribe to the Measina YouTube Channel so that you don’t miss any of our new content.
When I learned Samoan in University we used this as a textbook. It has been updated since I used it and is still great for getting started in the Samoan language.A Grammar and Dictionary of the Samoan Language: With English and Samoan Vocabulary (Classic Reprint)
You can’t really learn a language if you don’t have a dictionary. The Pratt dictionary was first published in 1923. It is a great assistant for making sure that you are using the correct Samoan word and for increasing your Samoan vocabulary.
The Pi Tautau Colouring in Book allows you to share a letter each day with your child so that they can learn the Samoan alphabet. Not only will they learn the alphabet, but they will also learn a Samoan word, practice tracing letters and use their creativity while colouring. The book is a digital download so you will need to include an email address for delivery which takes about 5 minutes. Then it is just a matter of printing out a page a day or the whole book and getting to work learning Samoan and having fun.
Another way to learn Samoan is through colours and shapes. This simple book allows you to talk about both colours and shapes in Samoan. It only has Samoan words as the pictures are simple enough that you can translate them through the picture. Short and sweet and can be read over and over to allow for best learning. Again this is a digital download so you won’t have to leave the house to purchase it!Sina and the Tuna: A Samoan ancient story about the origins of the coconut (Tala o le Vavau Book 1)
Is there a better way to learn a language than through myths and legends? This bilingual story tells the origin story of the coconut. Not only is it in English and Samoan featuring beautiful illustrations, but it can also be delivered to you within minutes of ordering. How you may ask? It is a digital book that can be read using the kindle app. It means that you can take it with you where ever you go. You can even share the book over several devices so that each child can read at their own pace, without arguments!
Let us know if there are any other books that you would suggest in the comments below. Want to read some great Samoan authors? Why not read 5 Books I Wish I Read in University