Samoan Words: A a

ā n. what — 'O le ā le mea lea?: What's this thing?;
a n.p of (impersonal) — 'O le peni a Sina: It's Sina's pen; (see also lau1, la'u)
-a suff. makes an adjective from a noun;
a- pref. used to indicate the future; (opposite of ana-)
'a v.p when;
'a'ai see 'ai
I. n. arm, leg, limb (polite);
II. v. to walk (polite);
a'au (pl. fe'ausi) v. to swim;
ae v.p when;
afa n. half — 'Ua afa le ono: It's half past six;
afafine n. daughter (as realted to her father) — 'O ia le afafine a se ali'i sili: She is the daughter of an important chief; (made from fafine)
'āfai v.p if;
āfāina adj. problematic, significant — E āfāina: That's fine;
afakasi n. half-caste; (from English half-caste)
afe n. thousand;
afea adv. when (in the future) — 'E te toe sau afea?: When will you come again?; (made from a- + fea)
Aferika n. prop. Africa;
afi n. fire;
afiafi n. evening — Manuia le afiafi: Have a good evening;
afifio see afio
afio (pl. afifio) v. be present, to move — Afio mai: Welcome; (similar to susū, maliu, alu, see also afioga)
afioga n. polite form of address for people of high social status;
afitusi n. matches — Alu e fa'atau mai afitusi le ogā'umu: Go to buy matches for the oven;
I. n. waterfall;
II. v. to sweat;
'afu v. to cover oneself;
aga n. actions, character, nature;
agaalofa n. loving actions;
agaga n. spirit;
agaleaga n. bad nature, ill-treadment; (made from aga + leaga1, opposite of agalelei)
agalelei (pv. agaleleiina) n. good nature; (made from aga + lelei, opposite of agaleaga)
agaleleiina see agalelei
aganu'u n. culture; (made from aga + nu'u)
agavale n. left; (opposite of taumatau)
'ai (pl. 'a'ai, pv. 'aia) v. to eat;
ai1 pron. who — 'O ai lou igoa?: What's your name?. 'O ai 'oe?: Who are you?;
ai2 gp. which — 'O fea 'e te alu i ai?: Where are you going?;
'aia see 'ai
'āiga n. extended family;
'aiga n. meal; (made from 'ai + -ga, see also mea'ai)
'aina adj. edible — E tele lā'au 'aina a le motu: The island has many edible plants;
I. n. ice;
II. n. refrigerator (abbreviation) — Tu'u i le 'aisa: Put it in the fridge;
(see also pusa'aisa, from English ice)
'aiseā adv. why;
aitu n. ghost, spirit, demon;
āla see ala1
ala1 (pl. āla)
I. adj. awake;
II. v. to wake up;
ala2 n. path; (see also 'auala)
alaisa see araisa
aleluia (haleluia) int. alleluia, hallelujah;
I. n. chief, as opposed to an orator;
II. n. men (polite), gentemen;
III. n. prop. the Lord;
alo1 v. to row — alo alo alo lou va'a i luga o le sami: Row, row, row your boat on the sea;
alo2 n. son or daughter (polite);
alofa (pl. alolofa) v. to love — 'Ou te alofa iate 'oe: I love you;
alolofa see alofa
alu (pl. ō) v. to go; (opposite of sau1)
'aluga n. pillow;
amata v. to start;
amataga n. start; (made from amata + -ga)
amene int. Amen;
Amerika n. prop. America;
amio v. to behave in a certain way;
amioga n. behaviour; (made from amio + -ga)
amiotonu n. good behaviour; (made from amio + tonu)
ana see lana
ana- pref. used to indicate the past; (opposite of a-)
anafea adv. when (in the past); (made from ana- + fea)
anamua adv. previous, chronologically before; (made from ana- + muamua)
ananafi adv. yesterday — malaga mai ia ananafi: He came yesterday;
ananei adv. earlier today; (made from ana- + nei)
anapō adv. last night; (made from ana- + 1)
aniani n. onion; (from English onion)
a'o v. to learn, to teach; (see also ā'oga)
'a'o v.p while;
I. n. cloud;
II. n. day;
(opposite of 1)
ao2 (pv. aofia) v. to collect something;
aoāuli v. afternoon;
aofai n. population — E fia le aofai o Samoa?: What is the population of Samoa?;
I. n. population;
II. v. to gather a group;
'aogā n. use; (see also fa'a'aogā)
ā'oga n. school;
'Aokuso n. August;
I. n. sheet of metal, can;
II. n. metal containers, dishes, bowls;
apa'au n. wing;
'Apelila see 'Aperila
'Aperila ('Apelila) n. April;
api n. exercise book, work book;
apogā- pref. used for surfaces;
I. n. spider;
II. n. spider's web;
(made from apogā-)
apogālevelevēa adj. full of spider webs; (made from apogāleveleve + -a)
'apu n. apple; (from English apple)
araisa (alaisa) n. rice; (from English rice)
'ārio n. silver; (similar to siliva, from Greek άργυρος)
asiasi v. to visit;
aso n. day — 'O le aso fia nei?: What's the date today?;
Aso Falaile see Aso Faraile
Aso Faraile (Aso Falaile) n. Friday;
Aso Gafua n. Monday;
Aso Lua n. Tuesday;
Aso Lulu n. Wednesday;
Aso Sā n. Sunday;
Aso Tofi n. Thursday;
Aso To'ona'i n. Saturday;
aso'uma n. every day; (made from aso + 'uma)
asu n. smoke;
ata n. picture, video, shadow, reflection; (see also tusiata)
'ata v. to laugh;
atali'i n. son (when relating to father); (made from ali'i)
ato n. basket, bag;
I. n. whole;
II. adj. all of, entire, whole — 'O le lalolagi atoa: The whole world;
I. adv. toward;
II. adv. away from me;
(opposite of mai)
Atua n. prop. God;
atumotu n. island country; (made from atu + motu)
atunu'u n. country; (made from atu + nu'u)
'au n. collection, group, bunch.;
au see lau1
a'u1 pron. me;
a'u2 see la'u
'auā conj. because;
'aua v. don't — 'aua le ulavale: Don't be nasty;
'auala n. road, path — 'auala vave: shortcut; (made from 'au + ala2)
'aufa'i n. banana bunch; (made from 'au + fa'i)
'aufaigaluega n. staff, work team; (made from 'au + faigaluega)
'auivi n. skeleton; (made from 'au + ivi)
aulelei adj. handsome, attractive (of either gender);
'aumai v. to bring;
'auro n. gold; (from Latin aurum)
Ausetalia n. prop. Australia;
autafa n. edge, side;
'autalavou n. youth; (made from 'au + talavou)
'auva'a n. boat crew, rowing team; (made from 'au + va'a)
I. n. a plant;
II. n. the ground-up root of the plant, which is distributed to visitors in the 'ava ceremony;
avanoa n. opportunity; (similar to )
'ave v. take, send, carry;
'avea see 'ave
'ave'ave v. to drive; (see also 'ave)
'ave'ese (pv. 'ave'esea) v. to take away; (made from 'ave + 'ese)
'ave'esea see 'ave'ese
'avepasi n. driver (of bus); (made from 'ave + pasi1)
'aveta'avale n. driver (of car); (made from 'ave + ta'avale)