Pasefika Sāmoan and Polynesian Dictionary


Sāmoan to English Dictionary



English Sāmoan Hawaiʻian Tongan Tahitian Māori Scientific
Sea Sami Kai Tahi Miti Moana
Sāmoa Sāmoa Hāmoa Haʻamoa Hāmoa Hāmoa
Compass 090° E Sasaʻe Hikina Hahake Maoaʻe Marangai E 90°
East Sasaʻe Hikina Hahake Maoaʻe Marangai E 90°
Compass 067.5° ENE Sasaʻe Mātū i Sasaʻe ʻĀina Koʻolau Hahake Tokelauhahake Kāinga Tokerau ENE 67.5°
Compass 112.5° ESE Sasaʻe Saute i Sasaʻe ʻĀina Malanai Hahake Tongahake Pāmaoaʻe Kāinga Marangai ESE 112.5°
Compass 180° S Saute Hema Tonga Toʻa Tonga S 180°
Compass 135° SE Saute i Sasaʻe Manu Malanai Tonga Hahake Maraʻamu Manu Marangai SE 135°
South East Saute i Sasaʻe Malani Tonga Hahake Maraʻamu Pitonga SE 135°
South West Saute i Sisifo Kona Tokelau Hihifo Urupā Tonga mā uru SW 225°
Compass 225° SW Saute i Sisifo Manu Kona Tokelau Hihifo Urupā Manu Whakarunga SW 225°
Compass 157.5° SSE Saute Saute i Sasaʻe Nā Leo Malanai Tonga Tongahake Ngā Reo Marangai SSE 157.5°
Compass 202.5° SSW Saute Saute i Sisifo Nā Leo Kona Tonga Tongahihifo ʻĀrueroa Ngā Reo Whakarunga SSW 202.5°
Ten Sefulu ʻUmi Hogofulu Ahuru Tekau
Zero Selo ʻOle Noa Aore Kore 0
September Setema Kepakemapa Sepitema Tetepa Hepetema
West Sisifo Komohana Hihifo Raro Hauāuru W 270°
Compass 270° W Sisifo Komohana Hihifo Raro Hauāuru W 270°
Compass 292.5° WNW Sisifo Mātū i Sisifo ʻĀina Hoʻolua Hihifo Tokelauhihifo Pāparu Kāinga Whakararo WNW 292.5°
Compass 247.5° WSW Sisifo Saute i Sisifo ʻĀina Kona Hihifo Tongahihifo Uru Kāinga Whakarunga WSW 247.5°
Dance Siva Haʻa Faiva ʻOri Hari
Horse Solofanua Lio Hoosi Puaʻahorofenua Hōiho Equus ferus caballus
Wedge-tail Triggerfish Sumu aloalo Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa Rhinecanthus rectangulus
Whitebanded Triggerfish Sumu uoʻuo Rhinecanthus aculeatus

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Welcome to the Pasefika Polynesian Dictionary. This dictionary is meant to be a comparative dictionary to quickly view similarities, differences and cognate relationships between words across Polynesian languages. The dictionary includes a format that will display english to polynesian translation into words from Sāmoan, Hawaiʻian, Tongan, Māori, and Tahitian languages.

Most knowledge in Polynesia was communicated and passed on through language, legends, and songs.

The Sāmoan alphabet constists of these letters

Sāmoan written Alphabet: A E F G I L M N O P S T U V (K H R are additonal)

Vowels in Sāmoan language

  • A (ʻA A ʻĀ Ā) - pronounced (ˈä) AAh, like "AAh"
  • E (ʻE E ʻĒ Ē) - pronounced (ˈe) Eh, like net
  • I (ʻI I ʻĪ Ī) - pronounced (ē) EE, like see
  • O (ʻO O ʻŌ Ō) - pronounced (ō) oh, like "Oh"
  • U (ʻU U ʻŪ Ū) - pronounced (u̇(ə)) oo, like oops
  • A glottal stop and/or macron indicate short, normal, long sound and/or a brief pause in the sound of each vowel).

A glottal stop and/or macron indicate short, normal, long sound and/or a brief pause in the sound of each vowel).

Consonants in Sāmoan language
F G L M N P S T V

Comparison of consonant letters of Sāmoan language to languages of other Polynesian cultures

  • Sāmoa s or f = Aotearoa (Māori) h = Hawaiʻi h = Marquesas h = Tahiti h = Tonga h
  • Sāmoa g = Aotearoa (Māori) ng = Hawaiʻi n = Marquesas k = Tahiti = Tonga g
  • Sāmoa l = Aotearoa (Māori) r = Hawaiʻi l = Marquesas = Tahiti r = Tonga l
  • Sāmoa t = Aotearoa (Māori) t = Hawaiʻi k = Marquesas = Tahiti t = Tonga t
  • Sāmoa v = Aotearoa (Māori) w = Hawaiʻi w = Marquesas v = Tahiti v = Tonga v
  • Sāmoa f = Aotearoa (Māori) wh = Hawaiʻi h = Marquesas f or h = Tahiti h or f = Tonga f

The letter K in Sāmoan language

K
The letter K is a consonant than notes the use of the "K" style of Samoan language and/or used for words introduced with translation from other languages.

Additional Consonants in Sāmoan language

H R
Additional consonants (introduced with translation)

Some English letters informally are translated to Sāmoan Language with the use of additional consonants and rarely with vowels.

  • English b = Sāmoan p
  • English c = Sāmoan t/k or s
  • English d = Sāmoan t/k or s
  • English d = Sāmoan t/k
  • English g = Sāmoan t/k or s
  • English j = Sāmoan s or i

In studies of linguistics, Sāmoan language has been catagoriezed within the Austronesian family of languages.

Linguistic classification

  • Austronesian
  • Malayo-Polynesian
  • Oceanic
  • Central Pacific
  • Polynesian
  • Samoic
  • Sāmoan