Samoan

Samoan translation services

Classification

Austronesian > Malayo-Polynesian

Script

Roman

Text direction

Left-to-right

Speakers

< 0.5 million

Other names

Official language

Samoa, American Samoa

Also spoken

New Zealand

Interesting Fact

In Samoan, “afiafi” means 'late afternoon and evening until dark', while “po” is 'the dead of night'. The combination of the two, “afiafi po”, refers to the time immediately after sunset.

Profile

Samoan is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken in the country of Samoa and also in the US territory of American Samoa. It is the third most spoken language in New Zealand. Other languages in this language group include Tagalog, Maori and Malagasy.

The famous author of “Treasure Island”, Robert Louis Stevenson, fell in love with Samoa on his travels, and lived his last years there. He is buried on Mount Vaea.

Interestingly, self-deprecation is used in Samoan as a way of flattering the listener. For example, when praising the child of another woman, a mother might politely refer to her own children as “ui” (piglets).

Services offered for this language

Translation / Transcreation / Subtitling / Localization / Adaptation / Copywriting / Authoring / Proofreading / Revision / Editing / Translation quality assurance / Terminology / Linguistic validation / Glossary creation / Dubbing / Voice-overs / Transcription / Typesetting / Simultaneous interpreting / Consecutive interpreting / Conference interpreting / Telephone interpreting / Public service interpreting / Interpreting equipment hire / Foreign language consulting

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