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How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Samoan & Common Responses

In this post, you will learn how to say ‘how are you?’ in Samoan. You’ll also learn common responses so you can respond if you’re asked this question. This can be really useful if you’re speaking with someone from Samoa or if you’re travelling there. 

Samoan is a Polynesian language spoken primarily in Samoa. It is an official language there, alongside English. 

There are approximately 510,000 speakers worldwide – of these around 246,000 live in Samoa whilst the rest live in other countries around the world.

How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Samoan

There are a few different ways to ask ‘how are you?’. Here is the most common:

How are you?O a mai oe?

If you want to be a bit more informal, for example if you’re chatting with friends, you can say:

How are you?Ua a?

Check out the below video to hear the pronunciation:

How To Respond To ‘How Are You?’ In Samoan

There are many different ways that you can reply to this question. Below are the most common responses to this question. I’ve also included how to say ‘thank you’ as it’s polite to thank someone if they ask how you are.

Thank youFa’afetai
I’m fine Manuia
I’m goodLelei
Not so goodFeoloolo
I’m tiredUa ou le lava
I’m sadUa ou faanoanoa
I’m happyUa ou fiafia
I’m sickUa ou maʻi

It’s also useful to know how to say ‘and you?’ or ‘what about you?’ to find out how someone else is if they ask you.

And you? Ae a oe?

Check out the below video to hear the pronunciation of these phrases:

Example Conversation:

Person 1: O a mai oe? (How are you?)

Person 2: Manuia, fa’afetai. Ae a oe? (I’m fine, thank you. And you?)

Person 1: Manuia, fa’afetai. (I’m fine, thank you)

Thanks for reading this post. 

You should now know how to say ‘how are you?’ in Samoan and you should also be able to respond if you’re asked! 

You can’t go wrong with these simple phrases.

If you found this post useful, you may also want to learn how to say I love you in Samoan.

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