Date & Time Phrases

These phrases let you tell the time or read a calendar. The examples will be easier if you learn how to use numbers first.

Days of the week

E fitu aso o le vaiaso » There are seven days in the week.

The days are named using a combination of Samoan and borrowed words:

Aso Sā » Sunday   Aso Tofi » Thursday
Aso Gafua » Monday   Aso Faraile » Friday
Aso Lua » Tuesday   Aso To'ona'i » Saturday
Aso Lulu » Wednesday

Months of the year

E sefululua masina o le tausaga

The months are named similarly to English:

Ianuari » January   Iulai » July
Fepuari » February   'Aokuso » August
Mati » March   Setema » September
'Aperila » April   'Oketopa » October
Me » May   Novema » November
Iuni » June   Tesema » December

Times of day

taimi o le aso » times of day
vaveao » early morning   taeao » morning
aoāuli » afternoon   afiafi evening
po » night

Parts of the clock

Le uati » the clock
Vae umī » long arm
Vae pu'upu'u » short arm

Units of time

minute » minute
sekone » second
itūlā » hour
le aso atoa » the whole day

When speaking about time, the following words are also needed:

kuata » quarter   afa » half
toe » until   te'a » after

Example conversations

Clock 1

Example 1

Ua ta se fia? » What time is it?
Ua ta le fa » It's four.

Clock 2

Example 2

Ua fia minute ua te'a ai le fa? » How many minutes past four is it?
Kuata e te'a ai. » It's quarter past it.
E sefulu-lima minute e te'a ai le fa » It's fifteen minutes past it.

Clock 3

Example 3

Ua ta se fia » What time is it?
Ua afa le fa » It's half-past four.

Clock 4

Example 4

Ua ta se fia » What time is it?
Ua toe sefulu-lima minute i le lima » It's fifteen minutes to five.

Misc time phrases

O le a le taimi o le va'a / pasi / va'alele » What time is the boat / bus / aeroplane?
O sa'o le uati le la? » Is that clock correct?

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