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How to sing Samoan Children's songs

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How to sing Samoan Children's songs

Today we sing the Talofa Lava song so that children can learn how to say hello in Samoan. Talofa lava, lava, lava Po’o fa’apefea mai outou? O lo’o maloloina lelei, fa’afetai We then sing Faafetai i le Atua, a popular hymn for the LMS church. It is also sung using Samoan sign language. Fa’afetai i le atualena tatou tupu aiina ua na alofa fuaia te tatou uma Ia pepese ia pepesealeluia faafetaiia pepese ia pepesealeluia faafetai The next song is My God Loves Me in English and then in Samoan. Our final song is the Tofa song. Where students will...

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LEARN SAMOAN: 5 SAMOAN GREETINGS

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LEARN SAMOAN: 5 SAMOAN GREETINGS

Like many languages there are more than one way to say hello in Samoan. Here are 5 ways to greet someone in Samoan. Phrase 1 Talofa or Talofa Lava - Hello Phrase 2 Si o'u alofa - I greet you with love Phrase 3 Malo le soifua - Good health to you Phrase 4 Ua - what's up Phrase 5 Malo - Hi Comment if you can tell us other ways to greet in Samoan. To hear the pronunciations and full descriptions watch the video below

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Public Service Announcement to Palagi: Stop Cultural Appropriation

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Public Service Announcement to Palagi: Stop Cultural Appropriation

Today we share our opinion on palagi (non-Samoans) and cultural appropriation. Why is this important? With the BLM more people became aware of the racism faced by Black people in the USA. This lead to more awareness of the racism faced by people of colour around the world. One way that we hope to help end racism is to point out things that could be changed. To make sure that our Samoan voices are heard directly from Samoans. Today we talk about cultural appropriation.  While it is not directly racist, it removes the meaning behind our culture and erases our...

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LEARN SAMOAN: 5 SAMOAN PHRASES IF YOU DON'T SPEAK SAMOAN

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LEARN SAMOAN: 5 SAMOAN PHRASES IF YOU DON'T SPEAK SAMOAN

Today we are sharing 5 Samoan phrases if you don't speak Samoan. If I can go to school and learn German and Spanish then anyone can learn Samoan. Our Learn Samoan series will help you to continue your Samoan journey whatever stage you are at. Phrase 1 E te iloa tautala faaperetania? Do you speak English? Phrase 2 Oute le iloa tautala faasamoa. I don't know how to speak Samoan. Phrase 3 Ua e malamalama? Do you understand? Phrase 4 Ua ou malamalama. I understand.  Phrase 5 Oute le malamalama. I don't understand. To hear the audio and pronunciations of the...

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WHAT DO SAMOAN (TATAU) TATTOOS MEAN?

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WHAT DO SAMOAN (TATAU) TATTOOS MEAN?

I grew up in a Christian household and saw tattoos as defiling our bodies. Movies and television depicted villains and "bad people" with tattoos. Tattoos in my youth meant something negative. Then as a teenager the cool thing to do was get a taulima (tattoo around arm). Today the cool thing would equate to a sleeve. The thing is, even though it is cool, it doesn't give our people the actual connection that tatau (tattoo) has to our Samoan culture.  Each motif has a meaning. Placement in the pe'a and malu has a meaning. We lose the meaning of the...

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