Everyday Conversation in Gagana Sāmoa for Aotearoa NZ (Lvl 1)

Everyday Conversation in Gagana Samoa (Level 1)


Eligibility:  This course is ideally suited to learners who have some working knowledge of gagana Samoa, or who have completed our Introduction level course and are confident with pronunciation, reading and writing in Samoan and who are ready to take the next step to gain confidence in everyday language

Over 20 hours, learners will cover the following content:

Lesson 1: Informal and Formal Greetings

communicate sentences for everyday conversation 


Lesson 2: Family roles, including honorary terms/names of family titles


Lesson 3: Family, land and Surrounding

  • Family tree and their relationship to the land and surroundings.


Lesson 4 – Samoan Core Values, PRINCIPLES and Cultural Norms

  • Compare NZ and Kūki ‘Āirani – The practice of Kūki ‘Āirani core values, principles, and cultural norms. 


Lesson 5 - PROTOCOLS THAT SURROUND Kūki ‘Āirani Life Events (Birthdays, weddings, funerals)


Lesson 6 – Gift Giving in Kūki ‘Āirani Life Events



  • Practice asking questions requesting directions, using Kūki ‘Āirani for example, (where do you live? where is the bank?).

  • Practice asking questions requesting information on specific places that you know.

  • Navigation between the islands (traditional V’s modern)


Lesson 8 – SEASONS OF Kūki ‘Āirani

  • Kūki ‘Āirani seasons, (How many seasons, what are these seasons, any significant information about these seasons, any historical facts about seasons and its’ impact on agriculture or cultural practices.

  • Compare Kūki ‘Āirani and New Zealand seasons.

Lesson 9 Consolidate learning to give an opinion

How seasons, direction & place impact on Kuki Airani Cultural Practices. Consider for example

  • The climate (heat and rain-season): it’s impact on agriculture & available foods and traditional v’s modern methods for culturally appropriate food handling/storage

  • Understanding direction – traditional/modern navigation between the islands: appropriate methods of travel/tools

  • Interaction between the different islands – understanding protocols (do these differ from island to island?)

Lesson 10  Learner presentation

a summary presentation from information you've learned during lesson 1-9